Black Girl Magic Meets Marvel: Nnedi Okorafor Unveils New Shuri Comic

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We don’t need another hero, but here’s one we’ve been waiting for anyway: Wakandan princess and genius little sister Shuri has finally broken out of her supporting role in the Black Panther franchise into her own series, courtesy of acclaimed fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor.


Okorafor, whose novel, Who Fears Death, is being developed by HBO (Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is onboard as executive producer; former Source magazine editor-in-chief Selwyn Seyfu Hinds is the screenwriter), can now add a Marvel unlimited series to her growing and esteemed resume. Her first foray with the famed comic company was last September with the release of her eight-page comic short, “Blessing in Disguise,” in the Venomverse War Stories No. 1 comic book.


At the very least, Okorafor has given us a double dose of black girl magic by giving one of our favorite Marvel characters her own series—and one of the rare black women characters, to boot. Shuri is much beloved within the black universe; here’s hoping she’ll get the same love within the Marvel Universe, as well.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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This news feels like Christmas morning! Who Fears Death is amazing and Shuri is exactly the Marvel character I want to see more of.