Customers at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis gave their thoughts on the new Black Panther comic series written by Ta-Nehisi Coates that was released on Wednesday, March 6. (Ulysses Munoz / BSMG)

Marvel on Wednesday will release its highly anticipated "Black Panther" comic book series, penned by Baltimore-born author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and winner of the National Book Award, was tapped last year to reprise "Black Panther." The character last had his own book in 2012, according to the New York Times, and this year celebrates his 50th anniversary.


Black Panther, created in 1966, is the alter ego of T'Challa, who rules the fictional African country Wakanda. The character was the first black superhero in mainstream comics.

Coates on Twitter described the story's arc as "a post-colonial, post-modern, deconstructionist look at militarism, imperialism and heteronormativity."

A lifelong comics fan, Coates, in an interview with The New Republic, cited the back issue collection at Geppi's Comic World in Baltimore as an early influence.

Brian Stelfreeze illustrated the book.

The Black Panther character will appear for the first time in film next month in Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War." The character is due for his own film in 2018.

Coates could not immediately be reached for comment.

Read Coates' interviews with the Times and TNR, and find a behind-the-scenes look at "Black Panther" here.