Ta-Nehisi Coates writing Marvel comic book series

Didier Gaboulaud, head of the French National Museum for Comic Books and Images, displays some of the comics donated by Marvel Enterprises, at the museum in Angouleme, western France. One of the country's top writers about race, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has signed up with Marvel Comics for a Black Panther series.

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One of the country's top writers about race, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has signed up with Marvel Comics for a Black Panther series.

Coates, whose open letter to his son "Between the World and Me" is a best-seller and National Book Award nominee, is collaborating with artist Brian Stelfreeze on a storyline about revolution, terrorism and heroism.

The 39-year-old Coates long has been a fan of comics, often tweeting about them on his popular feed (at)tanehisicoates. The new, year-long series begins next spring, Marvel announced Tuesday.

In a statement, Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso praises Coates as a "powerful and singular literary voice" who will tell a story about