Black Panther‘s biggest foe, Killmonger, will be getting his own comic book series!
Marvel announced on Tuesday that writer Bryan Edward Hill (WHAT IF? X-MEN) and artist Juan Ferreyra are teaming up for a five-part KILLMONGER mini-series, slated to release on Wednesday, December 5.
In an interview with Vulture, Hill explains his approach for the fictional villain’s upcoming storyline:
“I can say that the events of the stories for the most part begin with Erik graduating from MIT. Like all stories, it begins with him having a fork in the road in front of him. Hes a young man who could have a successful and peaceful life if he could just put away his desire for revenge. In this case hes really focused on [villain Ulysses] Klaw and the men that took him from Wakanda, and also punishing Wakanda itself for its failures. We begin the story with him making that choice to step away from one potential future and step into another that speaks to more of his darker nature. For me, thats what a tragedy is, really. Something isnt tragic unless you can see a way that it could have worked out better. … Its about a fall of a person that should have been something much better than what he wound up being, and the story is about how he winds up in that place.”
The concept of choices and potential will be a key staple within the mini-series.
“I wanted to explore the choices and the failures that lead a person to dedicate their life to revenge, and how that happens. Because with Erik, I feel like its really a tragedy. Its a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that. Because to me the iconic fight between Erik Killmonger and TChalla is tragic. Its something that shouldnt happen. Its a conflict thats borne from a tragic misunderstanding and a young man who was violently taken from his home.”