The success of Black Panther in theaters was one of the biggest surprises of the year. Characters like Okoye, Shuri, and M’Baku went from little-known characters to have their own merchandise made after them. The biggest surprise was Erik Killmonger. Michael B. Jordan went in and went well above what people thought he could do in that role. Hashtags like #KillmongerWasRight and #BuryMeInTheOcean flooded twitter for weeks. It was only a matter of time before Marvel capitalized on Killmonger’s popularity and gave him his own comic. That comic will be coming out on December 5th.
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Marvel Comics got writer Bryan Edward Hill (What If? X-Men) and artist Juan Ferrayra (Dark Horse titles Rex Mundi and Prometheus) to head this Killmonger series. Comicbook.com reported that Bryan Edward Hill told Marvel,
“I wanted to explore the choices and the failures that lead a person to dedicate their life to revenge, and how that happens,” Hill goes on to say“Because with Erik, I feel like it’s really a tragedy. It’s a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that. Because to me, the iconic fight between Erik Killmonger and T’Challa is tragic. It’s something that shouldn’t happen. It’s a conflict that’s borne from a tragic misunderstanding and a young man who was violently taken from his home.”
Not that death means anything in comic books, but Killmonger was killed by Monica Rambeau in an issue of Black Panther. In the Marvel interview, Hill said he was going to focus more on what made Killmonger who he was.
“Like all stories, it begins with him having a fork in the road in front of him. He’s a young man who could have a successful and peaceful life if he could just put away his desire for revenge. In this case, he’s really focused on Ulysses Klaw and the men that took him from Wakanda, and also punishing Wakanda itself for its failures. We begin the story with him making that choice to step away from one potential future and step into another that speaks to more of his darker nature. For me, that’s what a tragedy is, really. Something isn’t tragic unless you can see a way that it could have worked out better. … It’s about a fall of a person that should have been something much better than what he wound up being, and the story is about how he winds up in that place.”
Killmonger is one of the only people that T’Challa has never been able to beat in a fight. Looks like we will finally get to see all of the training and skill that leads Killmonger to be one of the most feared men in all of Wakanda. Having Killmonger will be written by a black male and drawn by a person of color is a big deal. It may help the story be more relatable since they understand the struggle. Also, we can finally see what made Killmonger so angry. It was pretty clear in the movie, but the story is different in the comics. The first issue will definitely be flying off the shelves in December.
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