Marvel Studios massively successful Black Panther introduced world audience to the first black superhero in the MCU. Well, there’s another character from the film who received praises from both the critics as well as the audiences and it’s none other than the film’s primary antagonist, Erik Killmonger, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan.
Considering the character’s popularity, Marvel has announced the launch of a brand new Killmonger-based comic book miniseries. The five-issue series, written by Bryan Edward Hill and art by Green Arrow fame artist Juan Ferreyra, will focus on the history of the infamous Black Panther villain. The comic series, appropriately titled Killmonger, will dig deep into how Wakandan N’Jadaka eventually becomes a supervillain with a memorable nom de guerre.
Introduced in 1973 by Don McGregor and Rich Buckler, Killmonger was part of many well-regarded Black Panther stories over the decades. In Marvel comic book storyline, Killmonger was killed in 2008’s Black Panther No. 38.
During an interview with Vulture, Hill opened up more about the Marvel supervillain.
“I wanted to explore the choices and the failures that lead a person to dedicate their life to revenge, and how that happens,” Hill said. “Because with Erik, I feel like it’s really a tragedy. It’s a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that.”
He added that Killmonger and T’Challa became enemies because of the failure of society. Their fight was not between good and evil.
“Because to me the iconic fight between Erik Killmonger and T’Challa is tragic,” the writer explained. “It’s something that shouldn’t happen. It’s a conflict that’s borne from a tragic misunderstanding and a young man who was violently taken from his home.”
Well, Killmonger isn’t the only Black Panther character to get a mini comic book series. T’Challa’s genius sister, Shuri, is also getting a solo comic later this year, from writer Nnedi Okorafor and artist Leonardo Romero.
Killmonger #1, which is the first of five parts, will hit market shelves on Dec. 5 this year.
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