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Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Captain America' Comic Debuts July 4

Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Captain America' Comic Debuts July 4
Ta-Nehisi Coates attends Art & Social Activism, a discussion on Broadway with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison and Sonia Sanchez on June 15, 2016, in New York City. (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Stella Adler Studio of Acting)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:12 PM

Marvel announced Wednesday that “Black Panther” comic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the relaunch of the “Captain America” comic series set to debut July 4. 

Coates explained his decision to write the new series in a piece for The Atlantic, admitting it is a daunting task to take on the voice of America’s most patriotic superhero, but that he wants to explore a new way of thinking and “[avoid] the repetition of a voice I’ve tired of.”

While he admitted in the article that he had a different understanding of what constitutes the “American dream” than Captain America’s character, he also pointed out the Captain America of the comics is not as black and white a character as he is in the Marvel cinematic universe, and Coates said he wanted to challenge himself to “tell a great “Captain America” story.”  

“For two years I’ve lived in the world of Wakanda, writing the title ‘Black Panther,” Coates wrote. “I’ll continue working in that world. This summer, I’m entering a new one — the world of Captain America.”

Coates also praised the rest of the team working on the reboot — Leinil Yu on interior panels and Alex Ross on covers, and “Captain America” editor Tom Brevoort — and thanked those who have helped him learn the comic form over the last two years since he started writing “Black Panther.”

Finally, Coates paid tribute to the black comic creators that went before him in the genre, such as Christopher Priest, Denys Cowan, and Dwayne McDuffie.

“I don’t know what it means to live in a world where people restrict what you write, and the reason I don’t know is largely because of the sacrifices of all those who were forced to know before me,” Coates finished. “I have not forgotten this.”

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Marvel announced Wednesday that "Black Panther" comic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the relaunch of the "Captain America" comic series set to debut July 4.
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:12 PM
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