Charles Soule lays plans to put Logan through his final battle!

Hot on the heels of the “Three Months to Die” saga beginning this June in WOLVERINE, writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven launch a month-long four-issue limited series called DEATH OF WOLVERINE. In it, the X-Men’s most ferocious mutant faces his mortality while at his most vulnerable and surrounded by enemies and his own dark past.

Marvel.com: Charles, after being offered the project, what was your prime thought as to how to make this the Wolverine event?

Charles Soule: My goal here is to tell a story that can hold its own alongside some of my own favorite Wolverine stories—the [Chris] Claremont/[Frank] Miller work, “Weapon X” by Barry Windsor-Smith, Brian K. Vaughan’s LOGAN mini, [Mark] Millar’s “Enemy of the State,” and so many more. This is a character who has been used as a vehicle for many different types of stories; he’s been a straight-up super hero, a samurai, a Clint Eastwood-style lone wolf, a ladies man—I want to tell a story that’s true to the many faces of Logan while standing on its own as an exciting adventure.

This isn’t just some homage, hitting the expected beats with the only real difference from a hundred other stories being that Wolverine dies at the end. This will explore what Wolverine is—and almost more importantly, why Wolverine is what he is.

Marvel.com: We’ve heard this story gets grisly—how grisly is grisly?

Charles Soule: It gets pretty brutal. One of the main ideas to the story is that Wolverine has lost his healing factor, which means he can be injured in serious, dramatic ways. His villains have never really been about pulling their punches, and Logan takes some punishment here. Plus, of course, his primary weapon is a set of claws that stab out from his hands every time he uses them; hands are delicate pieces of machinery, and they can’t stand up to that sort of treatment for long. I’m not saying his hands fall off—but I’m not saying they don’t, either. I want to show the physical cost of Wolverine doing what he does. It’s never been very nice, but here it gets downright ugly.

Marvel.com: Will DEATH OF WOLVERINE also present a kind of “History of Wolverine”?

Charles Soule: In a way, yes. The story will allow us to hit on certain touchstones of Wolverine’s history, important parts of his legacy, but it’s not exactly a trip down memory lane, either. There have been hundreds and hundreds of Wolverine stories told, and it would be impossible, and probably grueling to the reader, to try to homage them all. The basic idea is that both Wolverine and the reader will be reflecting on Logan’s life as the story builds to the ending. We’ll get a better understanding of why this guy makes the choices he makes, and the path that led him to where we end up. Each issue is built around a different part of Wolverine’s history, in a loose way, and each has a slightly different feel; we’ve seen a lot of different versions of James Howlett over the years, everything from Patch to Weapon X, and versions of many of them will appear here, as well as some new incarnations of the Wolverine persona. It’s a lot of fun.

Wolverine: Three Months to Die

Wolverine: Three Months to Die

Marvel.com: What’s the coordination like with your series and Paul Cornell’s monthly WOLVERINE book?

Charles Soule: Paul has been doing some great work to establish Wolverine’s vulnerability without his healing factor.  The stakes are very high here; for example, if Logan gets shot, even with his adamantium skeleton, it’s a serious injury that’s going to slow him down. That’s not a problem Logan’s had to deal with very often; his entire approach to fighting and injury is based around the idea that he can make moves that other people couldn’t survive.

Now, he can’t survive that sort of approach either, which means he has to adjust on the fly. That said, one of my goals is to make this a story anyone can jump into whether they’ve read Paul’s WOLVERINE or not. All you really need to know is that Wolverine used to be able to heal from almost any injury, and now he can’t. I’ll give you everything else.

Marvel.com: What kinds of guest-stars will you have in the series and what roles do they play?

Charles Soule: I don’t want to spoil too many of the surprises! I will say that most of the guest stars are bad guys, but they don’t all behave as bad guys in the story. Wolverine has an amazing rogues gallery, and his history with them is incredibly deep. Take Sabretooth, for example: Logan and Creed have gone through some ridiculous things together.  My intention here is to bring in some familiar faces, but have their interactions with Logan play out in ways that are going to feel both somewhat new as well as true to what’s come before.

But also, who am I kidding—this is a chance for me to write a bunch of awesome Wolverine characters in one story, and I’m milking it!

Marvel.com: How does Logan want to go out when he knows he’s going out? Is there a sort of dream way to die within him?

Charles Soule: I wouldn’t say Logan’s planned his own death, exactly, but if he thinks about it at all, he wants to go out in a way that has some dignity, that’s true to the code of honor he’s set for himself. It’s a tough thing, contemplating your own mortality, especially if you’ve never really had to do it before.  I mean, up to this point Logan’s probably considered himself to be mildly immortal; or at least death has been a remote concern, despite the violence that surrounds his life. Wolverine facing the idea that he won’t always be around is a central theme to the story.

Marvel.com: Okay, then—what does a world without Wolverine look like?

Death of Wolverine by Steve McNiven

Death of Wolverine by Steve McNiven

Charles Soule: It’s a pretty fascinating place, honestly. A Marvel Universe without a Wolverine has a big vacuum to be filled. Villains are emboldened, and heroes—or near-heroes—are inspired to step up. People rely on Logan; they probably don’t even realize quite how much. He’s part of the calculation they make about their own behavior. I think of it sort of like this: say you’re Lady Viper, running your criminal empire. With Wolverine dead, you can be much more brazen, much more open about what you do, because you know Logan’s not out there to stop you. At the same time, some other hero might come into contact with that expanded Viper empire and find him or herself working on an entirely new level. It’s sort of a domino effect.

There’s also the idea that the world doesn’t necessarily know or believe that Logan’s really gone—or want to believe it. He’s like Elvis, or Jim Morrison; people would rather believe that Logan’s still around than accept the truth. The legend of the Wolverine is almost as potent a force as the man, and that’s going to give rise to some killer stories.

Marvel.com: Lastly, what was your reaction when you heard it was Steve McNiven you’d be working with on this? What did you know he’d bring to the series?

Charles Soule: I was already on board just based on the project—I’d have drawn it myself, but thank God that didn’t happen—but when I learned that Steve was attached, my immediate reaction was excitement. My second was more excitement. I’d never worked with Steve before this project, but I was very familiar with his work, and I knew that whatever I imagined would be executed perfectly. For example, I asked for a “thousand-yard stare” on the first page and what I got…well, you’ll see. Just perfect.

Having Steve McNiven handling the pencils, as well as the rest of the art team, who are equally brilliant, is an opportunity and an incentive for me to step up my game, which is always welcome.

Get all the news from C2E2 courtesy of Marvel.com!

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Enjoy the latest episode of the official Marvel podcast, with comics, movies, TV, games, and more!

Gather the family ’round the fireplace, folks – it’s a new episode of the official Marvel podcast, This Week in Marvel!

In this installment, Ryan asks you to Tweet embarrassing words, Tucker knows too much about the wizarding world, Alex is mystified by mobile games, and the team gives you everything you need to know about the latest in Marvel comics, TV, gaming, and more. Plus! Ryan talks to DESPICABLE DEADPOOL writer Gerry Duggan about his new series INFINITY COUNTDOWN and all things Marvel Cosmic (check out an extended version of the chat here!)

Download episode #324 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show!

With new episodes every Friday (or so!), This Week in Marvel delivers all the Marvel discussion and news—from comics to TV to film to video games to toys and beyond! TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Creative Executive of New Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, Assistant Manager of Social Media Alex Lopez, Marvel.com Editor Eric Goldman, and Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes, so tweet your questions, comments, and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus@chrissypedia, @TheEricGoldman, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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The adventure begins in January 2019!

Today, Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International are excited to announce the iconic CONAN franchise will make its grand return to Marvel next year.

With over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000, Marvel brought fans the adventures of Conan The Barbarian, Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Savage, and Savage Sword of Conan, among other popular titles.

“From Barry Windsor-Smith to John Buscema to Neal Adams, a legendary lineup of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics,” said C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel. “It’s a legacy we’re now going to live up to with the talent we have lined up for the Cimmerian barbarian’s homecoming in early 2019. We’re excited!”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan,” said Fredrik Malmberg, President of Conan Properties International. “As the most well-known and creative publisher in the industry, we think Marvel is a great fit for our stories.”

With this deal, Marvel will again bring new and thrilling stories for Conan fans around the world. Details on upcoming comic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date.

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Peter Parker goes through a massive personal loss while facing Maximum Clonage.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger swung onto the silver screen once more in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and will do so again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

Doctor Octopus learned our hero’s secret identity while the webslinger slugged it out with Stunner in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #397, but later Ock attempted a cure for a deadly virus plaguing Spidey in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #220. Battle broke out between the two in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #398, and the mysterious Kaine lurked on the sidelines while Octopus and Spider-Man concluded their battering business in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #221.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #221

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #221

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Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, carved out some crunch time with the Grim Hunter in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #120 and SPIDER-MAN #54, but Kaine and the Jackal insisted on their own appointment with the Scarlet Spider in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #121. In the aftermath, the Hunter lost his life in SPIDER-MAN #55, and Ben took on Terror Unlimited in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #8.

Peter and Ben put aside their differences to team up against the Jackal in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #122, while the villain renewed his lust for life in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #399 and manipulated his mind games on the heroes with a clone of the late Gwen Stacy in SPIDER-MAN #56. A third Parker clone entered stage left in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #222, both Ben and Peter learned the supposed “truth” about their own existence in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #123, and the ultimate unthinkable, the death of our beloved Aunt May, occurred in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #400.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #400

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #400

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Despite the pall fallen over Peter’s life, Kaine continued to stir the pot in SPIDER-MAN #57, and the Jackal escaped prison while at the same time Peter found himself incarcerated in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #223. Accused of murder in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #124, the wallcrawler felt the mark of Kaine upon him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #401, and Mary Jane encountered a threat of her own in SPIDER-MAN #58. Ben swapped places with Peter behind bars in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #224, and the third Parker clone transformed into a monster called Spidercide. The Sinister Seven declared war on Kaine in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #9.

The Traveler vied for Aunt May’s soul in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #402, and Ben took the fight directly to him and Scrier in SPIDER-MAN #59. Peter encountered the Gwen clone in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #125, and witnessed the rise of a strange, new Green Goblin in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #225. Ben, posing as Peter, faced a murder trial in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #126, while the Traveler began to conduct a trial of his own against Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #403. Kaine stood revealed as another clone of Peter in SPIDER-MAN #60, and Ben trial concluded with a big battle in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #226.

Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha (1995) #1

Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha (1995) #1

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Spidercide reared his ugly head in SPIDER-MAN: MAXIMUM CLONAGE ALPHA, the Punisher shot the Jackal in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #127, only to see him healed in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #404 and tormenting Kaine and Ben. The Scarlet Spider faced down an entire army of Spider-Clones in SPIDER-MAN #61, joined with Spidey to clash with Kaine in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #227, and observed the deaths of both the Jackal and Spidercide in SPIDER-MAN: MAXIMUM CLONAGE OMEGA.

The question of the right to continue as Spider-Man plagued both Peter and Ben in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #128, prompting Ben to leave town in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #405 only to be captured by the new Doctor Octopus when he decided to return. The Vulture flapped his wings for attention in SPIDER-MAN #62, so Ben clipped said wings in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #10.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #229

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #229

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The Jackal’s hypnotic suggestion for Peter to kill Mary Jane flared up in full flame in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #228, and later he joined forces with the Scarlet Spider and the New Warriors in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129. It proved to be one of Peter’s last missions as Spidey (for the time being), because after the new Doctor Octopus’ virtual reality debacle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #406, and the two heroes’ takedown of the villain in SPIDER-MAN #63, Ben Reilly too over as the one, the only Spider-Man in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #229.

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Catch up on Runaways with writer Rainbow Rowell!

Nico, Karolina, Molly, Chase, Old Lace—and even the recently resurrected Gert—have reunited; together again after years of painful separation. But after the initial celebrations, the friends now find themselves struggling to repair their once fractured family.

Ever since Chase brought Gert back, something sinister has been stalking the team. And on February 7, this looming threat becomes a menace in writer Rainbow Rowell and artist Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS #6!

We caught up with Rowell to talk about the fate of Victor Mancha, relationship drama, and Gert’s rocky return.

Marvel.com: Now that this story arc is coming to its climax, what did you aim to achieve over the course of the first six issues?

Rainbow Rowell: Well, Gert and Alex died in the original run. After that series ended, the remaining characters were scattered to the four winds. Nico and Chase were taken to Murderworld. Victor joined an all-robot Avengers. And Karolina and Molly kind of disappeared.

We’ve been telling a getting-the-band-together story. I wanted to reunite the Runaways in a way that felt real and authentic, and then to give each of them a chance to choose whether to stay together. They were thrown together in the beginning; it wasn’t a choice. But in our story, they get to decide: are these the people I want to spend my life with?

Marvel.com: The big plot development on everyone’s mind has been the long-awaited return of Gert. How did this miraculous revival come about?

Rainbow Rowell: Chase and Nico brought her back in issue #1. Basically, Chase used Gert’s parents’ time machine to go back and save her from being stabbed. But he got there too late. So he brought Gert back to the present, knowing she was mortally wounded, and asked Nico to save her life with magic. Nico ended up performing magical surgery with the help of a doctor. (You have to read the issue to really appreciate how Nico pulled this off.)

Marvel.com: How has Gert’s return affected the group? How has it affected Chase?

Rainbow Rowell: Well, Gert has been gone for two years. Everybody else has grown up without her. Chase was already almost two years older than Gert—now he’s four years older. She’s 16 and he’s 20. Gert feels like her boyfriend has been replaced by an adult. It’s been hard on them both, but I think you can still see how much they care about each other.

Marvel.com: For her part, Gert seems awfully grumpy to be brought back to life…why is that?

Rainbow Rowell: [Laughs] Well, Gert has always been kind of grumpy. It’s something I love about her. Gert is disappointed with the rest of the gang for letting themselves drift apart. She can’t believe they’d abandon each other. Back in her time, they were all for one, one for all.

Marvel.com: Elsewhere, can you remind us what that disembodied head of Victor Mancha is all about?

Rainbow Rowell: Victor met a sad end in the VISION series by writer Tom King and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta (which is one of my favorite Marvel comics). Victor lost control of his powers and killed Vision’s son. Then Vision’s grieving wife killed Victor by pulling out his heart. His old friends assumed Victor was dead; the Avengers even sent Chase a box of Victor’s personal effects. But when they opened that box in issue #2, they found Victor’s head inside. Presumably someone—perhaps Tony Stark?—saved Victor’s head and sent it to Chase for safekeeping.

Chase has managed to jumpstart Victor’s processor, but so far, Victor has been playing dead. He’s not sure he wants to come back to life…

Marvel.com: What’s going on with the dynamics of the rest of the team?

Rainbow Rowell: Everyone is trying to find their way. They’re not used to being together. They’ve lost touch. Gert has become their shared burden. She’s back and she’s traumatized, and they need to take care of her—but they’re still kids, too. So far, Karolina has decided to stay in college and protect the forward momentum she has in her life.

With Karolina and Nico specifically, there’s a lot going on beneath the surface every time they talk. They’ve each felt rejected by the other in the past. They’ve never been able to feel their feelings for each other in a safe way.

Marvel.com: There’s been a group of cats mysteriously watching the team. What’s brewing there?

Rainbow Rowell: There is definitely something sinister happening with those cats! Beyond just general cat-ness. Actually, the mastermind behind the cats is revealed in issue #5. And we’ll learn even more about that scheme in issue #6.

Marvel.com: How has Kris Anka’s art enhanced this story?

Rainbow Rowell: Oh, in more ways that I can say, really. I wrote the first arc before an artist was assigned, so I didn’t really know what to expect from that relationship, stylistically and otherwise. Once Kris came on board, it became a daily collaboration. We talk a lot about what we want from the story and for the characters. We’re both huge RUNAWAYS fans, so it’s important to us that our run on this comic enriches and shores up these characters; we want them to feel more like themselves than ever.

Marvel.com: You’ve mentioned before that you’ve been a fan of the series for a long time. How has it felt bringing new life to these characters—literally and figuratively?

Rainbow Rowell: You know, it’s weird: I feel like I’m writing this comic and consuming it at the same time. I’ll make a decision that I know is right for a character—like Gert and Chase sort of breaking up after he saves her—but then my heart will break as a fan.

I feel so honored to be writing them, and so joyful. And I also feel very responsible. I know these kids aren’t really mine and won’t be mine forever, but I’m looking out for them right now. And I just want to give them the best stories I can.

Join the team in RUNAWAYS #6, by Rainbow Rowell and artist Kris Anka, on February 7!

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Charles Soule and Phil Noto hand Black Squadron a dangerous mission!

Each week, Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels, and droids.

Prior to the silver screen events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” General Leia Organa gave the Resistance pilots known as Black Squadron a specific and important mission in the pages of POE DAMERON: find Lor San Tekka. And while readers may know what happens at the end of this specific operation, the journey there has proven to be engrossing.

After a blazing start, the second arc of the series, which ran from issues #47, began with a celebration on D’Qar after Poe Dameron and Black Squadron made it back alive from a dangerous raid across the galaxy. The team, however, realized that they had trouble in their ranks, as the enemy seemed to know their destinations almost immediately after their arrival. Nonetheless, following Leia’s orders, they proceeded to Megalox, a prison that housed Grakkus the Hutt—a contact of San Tekka.

Poe Dameron (2016) #4

Poe Dameron (2016) #4

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Thanks to a prison warden’s flexible ethics, the Resistance group bribed their way into the jail, though upon arriving at the cell, found the First Order’s Agent Terex—Poe Dameron’s nemesis—had arrived before they did. In response to the situation, the wily Hutt told each side that he would provide Lor San Tekka’s location to whomever broke him out of Megalox.

Poe Dameron (2016) #5

Poe Dameron (2016) #5

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Poe and his crew dispatched their droids to work on the prison controls while Terex began his own scheme to harness the other prisoners’ hatred of the Hutt as a means to start a riot. As the resulting mob began to overtake the prison, BB-8 and a team of astromech droids hacked into the jail’s network before disabling the prison’s Grav-Field Dome. As the Dome shut down, chaos ensued, allowing Black Squadron to abduct Grakkus and leave the planet. Terex, however, managed to summon his own ship and followed.

Poe Dameron (2016) #6

Poe Dameron (2016) #6

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Furious at his rivals’ success, Terex decided to fly his ship directly through the prison’s control satellite. Instead of leaving the people of the prison to suffer the consequences, Poe led Black Squadron into a counterattack on the evil agent’s ship. Damaged from the ensuing fight, the First Order craft retreated and jumped to lightspeed.

From the Jedi Temple Archives

If Grakkus the Hutt seemed familiar to readers of the current era of Star Wars comics, that’s because he first appeared in the pages of STAR WARS during the “Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon” story. Not long after the Battle of Yavin, Luke Skywalker made his way to Grakkus’ domain and found himself in awe of the Hutt’s collection of Jedi artifacts. Grakkus, however, had something else in his midst: an Imperial spy. That fact led to the Hutt’s imprisonment, where readers would later find him.

Next time, we look back at a story set before the prequel films in STAR WARS: QUI-GON & OBI-WAN – THE AURORIENT EXPRESS.

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Ronald L. Smith talks about writing new adventures for the young Prince of Wakanda!

Before we meet Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on the big screen, young adults can get a look at the adventures of young Wakanda ruler-to-be in the new book, “Black Panther: The Young Prince.” Written by Coretta Scott King award-winning author Ronald L. Smith, we get a glimpse into young T’Challa’s life as he struggles with family, friends, and dark enemies.

We spoke with Ronald L. Smith about T’Challa’s journey that helps shape the young prince and readies him for his royal destiny.

Marvel.com: Did Ta-Nehisi Coates’ comics influence Black Panther: The Young Prince, or was it the upcoming film?

Ronald L. Smith: I’ve been a comics fan for a long time, and a big Marvel fan—and I thought it would be a great opportunity to work on an iconic character that I really liked—and I knew the film was coming, so  it was a combination of all of those things that kind of came together and helped me develop the character and create the world that I wanted to portray in the book, but also try and stay in tune with the Marvel universe that I knew was already out there.

Marvel.com: Obeying your parents wishes is a universal lesson for all children, but it must be especially important for a young prince. Do you think the lessons T’Challa must learn before he can become Black Panther also apply to young adults?

Ronald L. Smith: He’s coming from a world that’s all about honor, and history, and doing the right thing—I think we all have something to learn from those traits—and any kid or young adult that reads the book, I think can take away those things about honor, and being truthful to yourself and the people you love. I think we can all take something from that no matter what age we are.

Marvel.com: You have an ease about your writing that makes the reader feel as if they’re a part of the story. You set the tone as far as location change from Wakanda to Chicago through the use of architecture and T’Challa discovering new foods, how did that enhance the story?

Ronald L. Smith: I used to live in Chicago for 14 years, it’s called the first city of architecture because of all the great architect there: Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van der Rohe, all these wonderful architects and buildings. I thought if I’m going to have young T’Challa come to America, he needs to be in an iconic American city like Chicago. Unlike Wakanda, it’s cold, it’s got a totally different vibe. It’s kind of a neat juxtaposition to play the two off of each other to create a cool dynamic.

Marvel.com: With the loss of his mother, T’Challa leans on his friends more than his father who is preoccupied with the kingdom. Can you tell me a little bit about how you set up his friendship with M’Baku and his rivalry with Hunter?

Ronald L. Smith: Hunter is obviously an antagonist of sorts for T’Challa. They’re not the same, they don’t look alike, they don’t come from the same world—so M’Baku is more of a brother of sorts to him. They’ve been friends since they were very little, they’re going to have a rapport that’s easy and natural.

Marvel.com: Gemini Jones seems to be going through that same feeling of distance from his father. Do you think he and T’Challa are going through similar things?

Ronald L. Smith: Yes. They both want respect from their fathers, they both want approval, they both want to be perceived as smart. They are very similar in that they’re both strong-willed, wanting to be leaders, and pleasing their fathers.

Marvel.com: I like that T’Chaka tells his son that he has a different destiny, one of a leader who needs to understand people from all walks of life to make him a better ruler. Do you think that the young adults who read this book will take this lesson to heart?

Ronald L. Smith: I think that those are lessons we can all take to heart. The more you know as a young person, the more you can navigate the world. The more people you meet, the more stuff you do, is all going to make you a better person, just the way it’s going to make T’Challa a better leader when his time eventually comes.

Marvel.com: Before you started writing, how did you decide how to broach the topics of safe space and racial injustice in a way young readers could understand?

Ronald L. Smith: I always try to write without teaching a moral lesson, because kids are smart—they can pick up on it right away. We know that there’s going to be some type of commentary on America, and race relations, and poverty—because T’Challa’s coming from this wealthy, rich nation to the heart of Chicago, South Side—so it kind of just writes itself. You just have to be true to the character and what is happening at the moment. When he goes from Michigan Avenue and all its wealthy shops and cool cars to the poorer side of Chicago, he notices that, and one would.

Marvel.com: What do you hope young readers learn from T’Challa’s story?

Ronald L. Smith: That you can try to shine in the dark moments and be true to yourself, to find strength within. 

“Black Panther: The Young Prince” is available now wherever books are sold.

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Check out the bite-sized podcast preview of this week's new Marvel Comics!

New year, new podcast!

2018 begins with a brand new weekly show: The Pull List! Tune in on Tuesdays to get a taste of the books, characters, and storylines that’ll be waiting for you on stands at your local comic shop or online retailer every Wednesday on New Comic Book Day!

Hosted by VP & Creative Executive of New Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus this week, get a peek inside the best books and why you should grab them tomorrow!
Download episode #1 of The Pull List from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the This Week in Marvel RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel for The Pull List updates on iTunes! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to more from Marvel!

With new episodes every Tuesday, The Pull List provides a bite-sized preview of each issue on stands that week! We want your feedback on the new show, so tweet your questions, comments, and thoughts about The Pull List to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus@chrissypedia, @TheEricGoldman, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Enjoy the latest episode of the official Marvel podcast, with comics, movies, TV, games, and more!

Start 2018 off right with a brand new episode of the official Marvel podcast, This Week in Marvel!

It’s the bomb cyclone special! Ryan and Alex find out Tucker’s darkest secret (hint: he goes to board game conventions) and suffer his Thing impression, then the three break down the latest in comics, TV, gaming, and everything else Marvel!

Download episode #323 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show!

With new episodes every Friday (or so!), This Week in Marvel delivers all the Marvel discussion and news—from comics to TV to film to video games to toys and beyond! TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Creative Executive of New Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, Marvel.com Editor Eric Goldman, and Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes, so tweet your questions, comments, and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus@chrissypedia, @TheEricGoldman, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez add the Asgardian to the team!

This spring, the man once known as Nick Fury—now called the Unseen—enlists a new super group to protect the universe from an all-encompassing threat. Summoning Blink, Iron Lad, Wolvie, and Khan to face down the oncoming storm, the Unseen drafts one final member…Valkyrie!

On April 11, writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Javier Rodriguez present an alternate future on the brink of destruction in EXILES! Featuring a unique and powerful lineup, the addition of an all-new Valkyrie takes this series to new heights.

“Valkyrie’s a character who’s always appealed to me. Her iconic warrior-woman look—spear! sword! flying horse!—but also the juxtaposition of a kickass ancient fantasy hero operating in contemporary New York City. She’s a classic Marvel heroine,” explains Ahmed. “But the EXILES version of Valkyrie is a bit different from what we’ve seen in comics thus far. Our Valkyrie is known as the Lone Defender of Asgard, and she’s a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman. Though she’s not technically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe reality, she’s basically the literalization of the larger-than-her-physical-frame swagger that Tessa Thompson displayed in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ turned up to 11.”

Join the squad in EXILES #1, by writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Javier Rodriguez, on April 11!

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