The Philly Inquirer has confirmed that Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me, MacArthur ‘Genius’) will be writing a Storm solo series for Marvel and that’s just splendid. Really lovely news. Coates’ work on Black Panther has been delightful as he’s expanded the world of Wakanda, having even co-written a series with freaking ROXANE GAY literally titled Black Panther: World of Wakanda.
It’s nice to see Marvel embracing Coates in such a wholehearted way considering the company’s recent concerns about diversifying their cast of characters. Earlier this year, Marvel’s vice president of sales, David Gabriel, seemed to blame poor sales figures on the company’s diverse heroes. Speaking to a comic trade magazine at the Marvel Retailer Summit, Gabriel said:
What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.
Gabriel’s comments rightfully caused a stir. Over the past few years, Marvel’s made headlines with a female Iron Man, a female Thor, a Puerto Rican Spider-Man, and a black Captain America. It was disappointed to see some of the company’s leaders backtracking efforts to create a more diverse superhero universe.
Keeping heavy hitters like Coates involved is awesome news for Marvel fans. He’s established himself as one of America’s great young writers, having won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction for Between the World and Me and scoring a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant that year as well.
Coates will co-create Storm with artist Jen Bartel, who shared a first look at her take on the character:
Warmup ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/Rzn4Xep9rC
— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) October 10, 2017
I want to see Coates and Bartel’s Storm right now. Unfortunately, I have to wait. And so do you. At least we have each other.
Feature Images Via Time and Jen Bartel