If you’ve watched Black Panther, you know the fearlessness and badassness of the female warriors devoted to protecting their king, T’Challa. Now, the warriors are getting their own spotlight with the spinoff Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spiderman. Even more exciting: It’s written by award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor.
Aneka, Okoye and Ako are heading to NYC to investigate a threat to national security, and they team with Peter Parker to do so. Okorafor has won Hugo and Nebula awards for her fiction that delves into Afro-futurism themes, and now she’s entering the comics world. “I like to write the future; the Africa I feel can be and the Africa that will be, that has always been my vision,” she told Vogue. “With Wakanda, a place set in the present, but with a futuristic outlook, it wasn’t a hard transition—it made a lot of sense.”
Ursula K. LeGuin, a hallmark of fantasy fiction, once said of Okorafor, “There’s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics.” Following Wakanda Forever will be X-Men: Wakanda Forever in July and Avengers: Wakanda Forever in August. Read Vogue’s interview with Okorafor here.