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