John Ridley and Juann Cabal's Black Panther relaunch trailer and first look

The upcoming new Black Panther ongoing series by John Ridley and Juann Cabal now has a trailer (see above) and new preview images from the first issue (see below). 

Originally planned to launch on August 4, the series will now debut November 10.

(Image credit: John Romita Jr./Klaus Janson (Marvel Comics))

Originally announced via the New York Times, Ridley and Cabal's Black Panther is marketed as a revolutionary new take on T'Challa and the Wakandan kingdom that will "upend everything… and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe!"

"Secrets from T'Challa's past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from returning from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent!" reads Marvel Comics' description of Black Panther #1. "Now T'Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T'Challa everything…"

In the inaugural arc 'The Long Shadow,' T'Challa and his sister Shuri will fight to present a mysterious threat that is assassinating sleeper agents working for the Wakandan government.

"It's a hybrid espionage-Super Hero thriller, but at its core, it's a love story," Ridley told NYT. "And I don't mean just romantic love, although there's some of that as well. It's love between friends.

(Image credit: Alex Ross (Marvel Comics))

"We're coming out of a summer where we saw Black people fighting for our rights, standing up, fighting in ways that we haven't had to do in years," Ridley added. "And it was really important to me after the year we had where we can have these conversations with Black people and we can use words like love and caring and hope and regret and all these really fundamental emotions that everybody has."

Black Panther #1 is now expected on November 10, with a collection of the first six issues - titled Black Panther Vol. 1 - already scheduled for March 1, 2022. Even at a monthly place, with the delays Black Panther #6 wouldn't be out until April 2022 at the soonest, so the collected edition could ultimately be delayed eventually as a result.

This all comes ahead of the highly-anticipated film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on July 8, 2022.

While you wait, make sure you've read all the best Black Panther stories. 

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)