Marvel has announced the first tie-in miniseries for the upcoming Blood Hunt event, which will see Marvel’s heroes face off with an emboldened vampire population. That miniseries will see Black Panther return to Wakanda — as a vampire!
Black Panther: Blood Hunt by Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Farid Karami sees the exiled king face a “soul-crushing struggle between protecting his people from his new brothers and satisfying his new overpowering thirst for blood.”
“Long live the king! Literally! While T’Challa has always been the height of human excellence, steering such a legendary character as he navigates a supernatural battlefield populated with gods and monsters—all while adapting to a form and newfound powers unfamiliar to him—has been a treat,” Eaton told Marvel.com. “T’Challa’s royal status is not just Wakandan in nature, but vampiric as well. And I can’t wait to explore both of those bloodlines. No pun intended!”
The story will introduce new villains that draw from African legend:
Threatening his legacy as king as well as his deep connection with the Panther God, T’Challa reluctantly embarks on a quest from the vampire overlord to find an ancient power. In the process, he’ll unearth long-buried secrets about Wakanda’s own secret history with creatures of the night as Eaton and Karami introduce new blood-sucking villains inspired by real African legend and mythology.
“Once I read the script, I was delightfully surprised about where the story was going and how cool the tone and atmosphere were,” Karami said. “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series was my introduction to most of Marvel’s super heroes, and Black Panther was my favorite character there. The chance to draw T’Challa as a vampire battling other vampires and some African mythological demons in such an epic yet dark tale has been a dream come true.”
Blood Hunt is scheduled to kick off in May, by writer Jed MacKay and artists Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia. It’ll feature the Avengers, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and more going head-to-head with the vampire nation under a sunless sky. The miniseries will be available both as a standard edition and as a Red Band edition that’ll feature additional blood’n’guts.
Black Panther: Blood Hunt #1, the first of three issues, arrives in stores May 29.