In a world where female characters in superhero movies have historically been used as plot devices, Black Panther's group of all-female warriors, the Dora Milaje, are not just a breath of fresh air, they're representation we so desperately need. In the movie, they were not plot devices by any measure and their fierce independence absolutely crushed the Bechdel scale.
Last week, Marvel announced that the ladies of the Dora Milaje will get their own arc in a three-part comic series, Wakanda Forever, which will be written by Black Panther: Long Live the King author, Nnedi Okorafor.
The Dora Milaje, led by General Okoye (Danai Gurira), are special forces soldiers tasked with protecting Wakanda and the King, as seen in Black Panther, when they help rescue Wakandan spy, Nakia, when an undercover assignment goes bad, and later play a pivotal role in helping him reclaim the throne.
I talked with Vogue Magazine about my new project with Marvel here: https://t.co/sp1yOYQoPa— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) March 16, 2018
In an interview with Vogue, Nnedi revealed that the three-issue series will follow Okoye, Ayo, and Aneka as they meet up with various Marvel characters while working to protect Wakanda. In the first issue, Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man they head to New York City in a mission to protect Wakanda, where they meet up with Peter Parker’s Spider-man.
The comic book will hit stands on June 27th, and will be followed by two other team-up issues: Wakanda Forever: X-Men in July, and Wakanda Forever: Avengers in August.
Nnedi's comic will focus on the Dora Milaje exclusively:
"I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there!
Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him. Now you’re going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.
You feel that you can relate to these characters, and feel they are real, not just iconic, but also human."
She says she’ll be focusing on the humanity of the characters, not just their strength in combat. And honestly, we're here for it!