Marvel kicks off a new young readers line with ‘Black Panther Legends’

Tochi Onyebuchi and Setor Fiadzigbey will put a new spin on the story of T’Challa.

You can never have too many comics aimed at young readers, and last week Marvel announced a new line of comics retelling the origins of some familiar faces aimed at the younger crowd — Marvel Legends.

The first character getting the Legends treatment will be Black Panther, in a four-issue miniseries by author Tochi Onyebuchi and illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey.

Marvel says that in the new series, T’Challa and Hunter are brothers growing up in the idyllic royal palace of Wakanda. Theirs goes beyond the usual sibling rivalry, though — Hunter, although older, is adopted, and T’Challa is the true heir to the throne. Both brothers wrestle with fairness and the future, readying themselves for responsibility, when tragedy strikes and takes the choice from them.

This new series, ideal for young fans and loyal readers alike, will explore the moments that make T’Challa who he is, from his adventurous upbringing to his walkabout as a teen where he meets the enchanting Ororo Munroe before she becomes the legendary Storm, to when he first invites the Fantastic Four into Wakanda! Son, Brother, Warrior, King — as each chapter unfolds, new pieces of T’Challa’s character will be revealed and the Black Panther will emerge.

“We meet T’Challa at a very young and impressionable age,” Onyebuchi told SyFy.com. “He’s still figuring out his place in Wakanda as well as Wakanda’s place in the world. How that interacts with his sense of duty gives us the major throughline of his journey in this series.”

The first issue of four arrives in October.

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