The master and padawan took center stage in this 2002 limited series.

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.

We only got a relatively small glimpse of Qui-Gon Jinn’s relationship with his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi on the big screen in 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” However, in the world of the Legends continuity, more adventures came to light featuring the important pair of interplanetary protectors, like the one chronicled in STAR WARS: QUI-GON & OBI-WAN – THE AURORIENT EXPRESS.

This 2002 two-issue limited series by Mike Kennedy and Lucas Marangon began with a conversation between master and padawan about the moral relationship between the intent of an action and the positive or negative results before they both jumped out of a ship.

Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan - The Aurorient Express (2002) #1

Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan - The Aurorient Express (2002) #1

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They soon landed nicely on the luxury cruise liner, The Aurorient Express, sailing through the atmosphere the gas planet Yorn Skot. The vessel no longer responded to communication attempts and sank further and further into the intense pressure of the atmosphere below. With no real protective force set up on the planet, our Jedi heroes literally leaped into action to save the day, but the mission would prove far more complicated than originally anticipated!

Immediately upon landing on the ship, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan found themselves attacked by unexpected commercial-grade security droids. Our heroes avoided death, but made quite a scene as they finally entered the ship. Jumping right into their duties, our heroes met with the captain to try and discover the cause of the ship’s descent, not to mention the unexpected presence of those droids and a core bomb or two planted somewhere onboard!

The further they dug into the mystery, the more dirt they turned up in regards to both passengers on the ship and the people working on it. More surprisingly, they came to realize that more than one group worked to sabotage the ship for very different reasons.

Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan - The Aurorient Express (2002) #2

Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan - The Aurorient Express (2002) #2

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By the end of the story, we get a very clear view of who did what and for which reasons, offering a very concrete example of the opening conversation about the moral difference between, as Obi-Wan said in the first issue, “a noble act committed for despicable purposes…or a despicable act committed for noble purposes?”

As we know, Obi-Wan would go on to work his way through that particular moral quandary along with many others both on screen and in the comics, but it’s interesting to see a younger version of the character getting his first taste of it out in the field.

FROM THE JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES

If the art seen in THE AURORIENT EXPRESS seems familiar, that because Lucas Marangon also drew the hilarious TAG & BINK Star Wars comics that have been previously covered here in Star Wars Spotlight. In addition to working on short stories in books like STAR WARS TALES, he’s also used his talents to color a variety of different books over the years and even draw covers and variants for titles like STAR WARS: GENERAL GRIEVOUS.

Next time we’ll witness a group of newly minted Jedi on their first real mission in STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY – LEVIATHAN by Kevin J. Anderson and Dario Carrasco.

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The series receives two Diamond Gem Award nominations!

Every year, Diamond Comic Distribution’s Diamond Gem Awards recognize the comics and graphic novels that have most helped the industry grow over the previous 12 months. And this year, Marvel.com would like to celebrate MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR for receiving nominations in the categories of Best All Ages Series and Best All Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel!

Lunella Lafayette, A.K.A. Moon Girl, was created by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, and Natacha Bustos in 2015—and the world’s smartest person hasn’t looked back since! In response to the nods, series editor Chris Robinson cheers, “It’s no surprise that MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR continues to bring Marvel fans young and old into comic shops, whether they prefer trades or single issues. Kudos, of course, to the series’ creative team, writer Brandon Montclare, artist Natacha Bustos, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Travis Lanham—but let’s not forget the wonderful staff at local comic shops everywhere who evangelize the series every month. Thanks y’all!”

The Diamond Gem Award nominations stand as the latest testament to the unique joy, power, and excitement that MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR provides in every issue—in 2016, the series took home a Glyph Comics Award for Best Female Character. The Glyphs recognize outstanding comics made by, for, and about people of color.

As The Smartest There Is in the Marvel Universe, Lunella Lafayette uses her mighty mind, love of science, and best dino pal to save the day as she continues to grow and learn about what it means to be a hero. If you haven’t picked up this one-of-a-kind series, stop by your local shop to find out more!

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #26 is on sale now! And, on January 31, read writer Brandon Montclare and artist Natacha Bustos’ MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #27!

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

Get ready for New Comic Book Day with The Pull List!

This week, Ryan and Tucker preview VENOM, INC., ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, WEAPON X, and all the other comics that’ll be waiting for you in stores tomorrow!

Download episode #2 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!

Hosted by VP & Creative Executive of New Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, The Pull List gives you 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! 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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Run down a list of Marvel's fieriest characters!

Grab a fire extinguisher! Open up a fire hydrant! Pet a Dalmatian! Marvel.com has assembled a countdown of the Top 10 Hottest Heroes!

These sweltering super heroes have been heating up the Marvel Universe for decades. The list begins at a simmer with the Son of Satan, Daimon Hellstrom, who first appeared in 1973’s GHOST RIDER #1. Then Sunfire lights up the sky—like he’s been doing since UNCANNY X-MEN #64. Next up is Pyro, who debuted in another mutant tale: UNCANNY X-MEN #141. Not to be outshined, Sunspot burns onto the countdown, having been illuminating the Universe since MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4. Coming in at number six, Inferno has made a quick climb despite only making his first appearance four years ago in INHUMAN #1.

We crack the top five with a classic: Ghost Rider—the hothead has been poppin’ wheelies and Penance Staring since MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #5. Then Firestar, who debuted in SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1, fires to number four. And, finally, coming in third and second place respectively, are the most famous guy-fire combos around: the Human Torches, Jim Hammond and Johnny Storm! Hammond, who first appeared all the way back in 1939’s MARVEL COMICS #1, gets overtaken for the silver medal by Johnny Storm, who debuted, of course, in FANTASTIC FOUR #1.

So who takes first place? Which Marvel character is least qualified to work at a gas station? Which hero would be most useful at a family barbecue? Watch the video above to find out!

Visit the official Marvel YouTube channel for more!

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The artist joins Gail Simone for the new series!

On April 11, Marvel’s favorite femme fatale goes solo in DOMINO!

Superstar writer Gail Simone makes her grand return to the Marvel Universe as the mercenary goes up against the odds this spring! As Domino prepares to unleash her unique brand of action, Marvel can now announce the artist that will bring the soldier of fortune to life—David Baldeón! The rising star, whose work has been seen in SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE and NOVA, will bring his singular style to the pages of Simone’s story.

“I am so very thrilled to be a part of Team Domino! I am a fan of Gail’s work, and I’ve been wanting to work with her for a long time now. The fact that it is with a character like Domino is the icing on the cake,” Baldeón details. “She’s strong, she’s tough, she’s fun and she’s thrilling, and hopefully the art will bring through all of that. We’ve given her a new, sleek look that plays on all of her strengths, her history, and who she is as a character. Plus, this book is a completely different animal from my previous work style-wise, and therefore a chance to go into new grounds. This is going to be an exciting ride!”

“Since Marvel first asked me to write DOMINO, I knew there was one element that attracted me so much to her, but for some reason, I couldn’t quite name the exact word,” adds Simone. “Was it stubbornness? Snarkiness? Other characters have those traits, too, but with Domino, there was this thing that represents her, but the word escaped me, and it was vexing. Wonderful editor Chris Robinson had someone in mind for the book, bless him! We immediately started getting the sketches and designs from David, and I knew instantly the concept I had been trying to name, because he drew it right into her eyes. It’s mischief. Domino has a sense of mischief, of high-stakes play, even in the roughest times. She’s lethal and she knows it.”

With Simone’s imagination and Baldeón’s one-of-a-kind visual style, Domino is ready to conquer the mercenary world this spring.

That really sealed the deal for me,” concluded Simone, “David was our guy and I could not be happier. He draws gorgeous people doing dirty deeds, and it’s just exactly the roller-coaster ride I had hoped for. He’s adding so much heart and fire. I just love him.”

On April 11, jump into the action with writer Gail Simone and artist David Baldeón in DOMINO #1!

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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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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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