It seems that Black Panther writer Ta-Nehisi Coates may be turning his attention to T’Challa’s former queen, Storm of the X-Men.
Journalist Dawn Fallik of The Philadephia Inquirer tweeted that she recently interviewed Coates and that Coates confirmed to her that he will be writing a new Storm series for Marvel.
“Just interviewed [Ta-Nehisi Coates] for [The Philadelphia Inquirer] and he confirmed that he is writing a Storm solo comic book with Jen Bartel,” Fallik tweeted.
Just interviewed .@tanehisicoates for @PhillyInquirer and he confirmed that he is writing a Storm solo comic book with @heyjenbartel.— Dawn Fallik (@dfallik) October 11, 2017
Bartel seemed to confirm the new when she retweeted Fallik's tweet with lightning emoji.
⚡️🤗⚡️ https://t.co/AStqgZcVCG— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) October 11, 2017
When asked by ComicBook.com, Marvel Comics had no comment on the matter. However, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso at New York Comic Con did tease that a new Storm ongoing series may be on the horizon.
Looking through Coates’ own Twitter feed, he recently hinted at a collaboration with Bartel in a tweet that included some Storm artwork.
“Got to talk collaboration with the incredible [Jen Bartel] Stay tune!!” Coates Tweeted.
Got to talk collaboration with the incredible @heyjenbartel Stay tune!! pic.twitter.com/IurihdWcWX— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) October 8, 2017
Looking at Bartel’s Twitter feed, you can see that Storm has been on her mind. Her warmup piece from yesterday is a stunning image of the mutant weather goddess.
Warmup ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/Rzn4Xep9rC— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) October 10, 2017
Coates has written Storm previously in the pages of Black Panther and its short-lived spinoff series Black Panther and the Crew.
The last time Storm had a solo ongoing series was from 2014-2015. The series was written by Greg Pak and drawn primarily by Victor Ibanez. The series examined the balance in Storm’s life between being a superhero with the X-Men and helping people in a more direct and personal manner.
Marvel Comics will be expanding its X-Men line in 2018 with a new Legion miniseries as well as a Rogue & Gambit series.