Ta-Nehisi Coates Explores His Vision For Wakanda Backed By Run The Jewels [Video]
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze's new volume of Black Panther has already been one of the biggest crossover success stories of the year. It seems like everyone wants to get their hands on a copy, and President Barack Obama even name-dropped it in a recent commencement speech at Howard University, Coates' alma-mater.
If you missed the first issue, or are struggling to keep up with the many plates that are spinning as Wakanda begins to crumble, Marvel has put together a video that features Coates going into detail about the new characters and status quo established in Black Panther #1, and it's set to the fierce tunes of rap supergroup Run The Jewels.
In the video Coates breaks down the various plot threads weaving throughout the new arc "A Nation Under Our Feet," and explains the motivations and origins of new characters such as The Midnight Angels and Zenzi.
Not only does the clip feature music and Coates' commentary on the first issue, it also features a cool animation effect that enhances Stelfreeze's gorgeous artwork without looking overly clunky, as is so often the case with motion comics.
Marvel has announced that each month will see a new video in the series, soundtracked by some of the biggest acts in music, with the first installment set to the track "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" from Run The Jewels 2. This isn't the first time Run The Jewels has been associated with Marvel; last year's Deadpool and Howard The Duck Run The Jewels variants lead the charge for the publisher's wave of hip-hop variant covers.
The video is an interesting release for Marvel, which has been aggressively targeting new readers with the new volume of Black Panther. As more installments of the video series debut in the coming months, it'll be interesting to see if this approach becomes a trend for the publisher, which has previously used the Marvel AR app to direct readers towards creator commentary videos.