Milwaukeean John Ridley Will Be Rebooting ‘The Black Panther’ Comic

You can read the first issue in the new storyline this August!

If you’ve been enjoying Ta Nehisi Coates’ take on The Black Panther comic book, we’ve got some good and bad news for you. 

The bad news? Coates is hanging up his catsuit at the end of this month, on May 26. The good news? The Academy Award-winning writer and director John Ridley is going to be writing new chapters for the ongoing comic series, and will release the first of them later this summer. 

According to the New York Times, the storyline that Ridley is currently developing for the Marvel property will be part espionage thriller, part love story. It will center on the idea that the Black Panther has received a secret message from a Wakandan operative in grave danger. And it’ll include many references to the current political climate too. 


The first issue will be published this August and will feature illustrations by Juann Cabal. Artist Alex Ross will create the first cover.

Ridley is originally from the Milwaukee area and co-founded the city’s arts incubator Nō Studios (1037 W. McKinley Avenue), which will be opening a rooftop bar with 360-degree views of Milwaukee on top of its many artistic endeavors. Ridley is also currently working on a Showtime series set in the city with Alicia Keys.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.