The cover of We Are Wakanda: The Amazing Spider-Man #1.
Illustration: Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque and Terry Dodson (Marvel)

In time-honored Marvel tradition, the breakout stars of the studio’s most recent blockbuster success—Black Panther’s Dora Milaje—are getting their own spin-off comic book. Oh, and Peter Parker’s tagging along.

This June, the leaders of the Dora Milaje rebellion will journey to New York City and team up with Spider-Man in Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man, a new, three-part series penned by Nnedi Okorafor with illustrations from Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque and Terry Dodson.

Speaking to Vogue, Okorafor described that when we meet the Doras in Wakanda Forever, they’ve completely severed their ties to the Wakandan throne and for the first time are operating as an independent unit of heroes. In this new story, Okorafor said, we’ll see Ayo and Aneka grow and evolve in new ways that define the people that they’re becoming:

“I’m always interested in a challenge, so writing a narrative where it doesn’t feel heavy-handed but I can develop the characters through little subtle things [creates] my favorite moments. You feel that you can relate to these characters, and feel they are real, not just iconic, but also human.”

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Though Spider-Man’s inclusion in Wakanda Forever isn’t exactly surprising (Spider-Man books sell reliably well), seeing the Doras starring in their second standalone comics series is interesting, particularly considering that Kevin Feige’s very open to the idea of a Dora Milaje spinoff movie.

[Vogue]