Shuri is the younger sister to the Black Panther, who first appeared in comics during Reginald Hudlin and John Romita, Jr.’s run on Black Panther in 2005. When her brother was injured, she took on the role of the Black Panther, and later died when their home country of Wakanda was attacked by the evil Thanos cronies The Cabal. She was revived in the latest volume of Black Panther. The character was a big part of the Black Panther film and also appeared in Avengers: Infinity War.
“[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more,” Okorafor told Bustle. “She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.”
Sam Spratt is providing covers; here’s his first one:
If you aren’t familiar with Okorafor’s work, she is a Fantasy, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author. Her books include Zahrah the Windseeker, Binti and Who Fears Death, which has been optioned by HBO. She also previously wrote a Black Panther digital comics series and the Wakanda Forever series. Romero most recently has worked for Marvel on titles like Captain America and Hawkeye.
Look for the first issue in October.