On Friday, March 16th, Marvel editor Wil Moss announced on a series of three new one-shot stories featuring Aneka, Ayo and Okoye and the epitomous organization to which they all belong : the Dora Milaje. The series will begin in June with “Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanda Forever”, then “X-Men: Wakanda Forever” in July and “Avengers: Wakanda Forever” in August.
Nnedi Okorafor is slated to write all three issues, with Terry and Rachel Dodson doing covers. Interior artists for X-Men and Avengers have yet to be announced but Alberto Albuquerque will provide interiors for “Amazing Spider-Man”.
“Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him,” Okorafor told Vogue. “Now you’re going to see the Dora Mijae for the first time as an independent enitity; they’re not under the shadow of the thrown.” Moss went on to describe these three issues both as “one-shots” and a “three-part story”.
According to Marvel, the first of the one-shots will bring the Dora Milaje out of their vibranium city and into New York where they cross paths with the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man himself.
“I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there,” Okorafor continued. “Fans of the Dora Milaje can look forward to seeing them out in the world beyond T’Challa and the Wakandan throne’s shadow. They’ll get to see the Dora Milaje come into their own, while teaming up with the unexpected.”
It comes as no real surprise that the fan favorite characters will appear in these particular books. Peter Parker and T’Challa recently crossed paths in the pages of Chip Zdarsky’s “Peter Parker, The Specatcular Spider-Man”; The Wakandan Mutant Gentle is a recent addition to the new “X-Men Red” series and T’Challa himself is listed as a principle member in the forthcoming “Avengers” title from Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness.