Marvel has announced a new comic book series on Black Panther’s sister, Shuri, a scientific genius and princess of the mythical nation of Wakanda. It debuts in October and will be written by author Nnedi Okorafor and artwork by Leonardo Romero.
The series follows her as she takes the reins after her brother and titular hero, T’Challa, disappears into space. Shuri’s sarcasm and high-tech inventions made her one of the main new characters in The Black Panther movie.
“While she [Shuri] is the most at home in her lab, working to keep her country at the forefront of science and technology, Wakanda is missing its leader,” Marvel wrote in a press statement about the new series.
“Without T’Challa around, Shuri will have to decide if she will forego her own passions in order to stand up for her nation.”
The Black Panther comic title was reinvigorated in 2016 under author Ta-Nehisi Coates. After two years, the Black Panther movie became a success and took more than $1bn (£795m) from cinemas worldwide.