One of the co-writers of the movie Creed is taking his stab at writing the Black Panther comic, while his former colleague works on the character’s solo film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Creed, a spin-off of the Rocky movies starring the son of Apollo Creed as he is trained by his father’s old boxing frenemy Rocky Balboa, was co-written by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington. While the former is now working as the director on the Black Panther movie, his former partner is getting to write two issues of one of the character’s comic books. Covington is not involved in making the film, however.
The comic in question is Black Panther: Long Live the King, which is a digital-only limited series made in conjunction with the website Comixology. It is set in a separate continuity from either the main run of Marvel Comics or the MCU, though it shares many aspects of both universes. Covington will write issues #3 and #4 with Mario DelPennio doing art; the first two issues were done Nnedi Okorafor and Andre Lima Araujo, who will also write the final two issues afterwards.
The Covington/DelPennio arc will reportedly feature Black Panther, real name T’Challa, both as the teenage prince of Wakanda and later as its adult king, when he has taken the Black Panther mantle along with the crown. He will have to deal with a monster tearing through the country and efforts to rebuild the country after some sort of political upheaval.
The first issue of their run on Black Panther: Long Live the King will be available on Comixology on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The Black Panther film is set for release February 16.