With the jaw dropping success of Marvel’s Black Panther taking the world by storm, you would think Chadwick Boseman’s amazing portrayal as Warrior and Monarch, T’Challa, would be at the center of everyone’s geeky conversations. While that is true, he is not alone. The women of the film have made an equally amazing impact on audiences around the world. Some of those women are the Dora Milaje.
The impact of the Dora Milaje, the King of Wakanda’s all-female special forces, has been happening even before the film’s release but it will continue with Marvel’s new limited series Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man, as reported by Vogue. The three part storyline will follow Dora Milaje warriors Okoye, Ayo and Aneka as they travel to New York to investigate a threat to national security and while there they connect/team up with Peter Parker, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
The story is being written by Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer Nnedi Okorafor with illustrations being headed by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque and Terry Dodson. While speaking with Vogue, Okorafor had this to say about the opportunity to write this kind of groundbreaking storyline;
“Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him. Now you’re going to see the Dora Milaje for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”
She went on to explain the type of story she is trying to write and the importance of these characters.
“It’s not going to be a diatribe that is going to say ‘these are the issues that are important’ and have the characters exist to make a point. The writing will feature those things in the story, but it’s an adventure narrative. People have craved these types of characters for a while and I don’t think that craving is going to pass. It’s something that is here to stay.”
Last year, Okorafor debuted her first book with Marvel, Black Panther: Long Love The King and now the combination of her writing ability and the illustrations of Jimenez and Dodson is sure to be worth the wait. What do you think of this storyline? Does this sound like a series you can get behind? Share your thoughts in the comments below.