Ta-Nehisi Coates ends Black Panther run in April

cover of Black Panther #25
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The final issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther run will arrive in April. Marvel has announced that Black Panther #25, the final issue, will arrive April 28.

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"Ta-Nehisi has come up with a truly special finale here, one that not only wraps up the current story of T'Challa's attempt to stop Emperor N'Jadaka's conquest of Wakanda, but also deals with elements that reach all the way back to the beginning of Ta-Nehisi's run. And to that end, we're so thrilled to have Brian Stelfreeze, the artist who helped launch this run, return to draw this issue's epilogue." states editor Wil Moss. 

"Black Panther #25 is an immensely satisfying conclusion, with twists you won't see coming and repercussions that will be felt for years to come."

Original story follows:

After a long hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artists Daniel Acuña and Ryan Bodenheim will bring back Marvel's ongoing Black Panther title for Coates's final arc on the series, which he's written for several years.

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"Across the multiverse, T'Challa discovered an alternate Wakanda, one ruled far differently than his own," reads Marvel's official description. "Having abandoned their once peaceful ways, this Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda will stop at nothing to rule all of the cosmos."

"After initially being enslaved by the empire and then joining a rebellion against it, T'Challa has finally made his way back to Earth, but this twisted reflection of Wakanda is not far behind."

Black Panther #23 is the first part of Coates's final arc on the title, which he relaunched in 2016, continuing into the current volume of the title. Coates's finale is planned for Black Panther #25.

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"We're so excited to bring Black Panther back to the stands, and we thank all our readers for their patience," states editor Wil Moss in the announcement. "I promise, these last three issues will be worth the wait - Ta-Nehisi and Daniel have been building to this finale for over two years now, and the ensuing battle between the forces of T'Challa's Wakanda and Emperor N'Jadaka's Intergalactic Empire is going to knock your socks off! Just wait'll you see who shows up to help defend Wakanda."

Black Panther #23, which will carry a variant cover by Julian Todino Tedesco, is scheduled for release in February. Look out for Marvel Comics' full February solicitations later this month on Newsarama.

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George Marston

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