Killmonger Will Get His Own Comic From Marvel
This winter, the iconic Black Panther villain, Erik Killmonger, will be getting his own five-part comic miniseries written by Bryan Edward Hill and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra.
In an interview with Vulture, Hill talks about how he plans to share this untold story. “I wanted to explore the choices and the failures that lead a person to dedicate their life to revenge, and how that happens. Because with Erik, I feel like it’s really a tragedy. It’s a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that. Because to me the iconic fight between Erik Killmonger and T’Challa is tragic. It’s something that shouldn’t happen. It’s a conflict that’s borne from a tragic misunderstanding and a young man who was violently taken from his home.”
Marvel also gave us a look at the cover of the first issue which you can see below. Killmonger’s style seems to match that found in the live-action Black Panther film that released earlier this year. Michael B. Jordan portrayed the villain in a performance that won over critics and audience members alike. Many agreed that Jordan’s take on the character brought depth to a Marvel villain that we haven’t seen in a while. This new mini-series seems to take some inspiration from the MCU version while creating a wholly original version of the character. “For me, Jordan’s performance is remarkable because even in his philosophy you can see that he’s still wounded,” Hill told Vulture. “He’s a person justifying himself with his anger. And anger is always fear in disguise. Any time you see anger, you’re really looking at fear. Erik, in the movie, to me, was a character who was very afraid.”
The first issue of Killmonger will go on sale Wednesday, December 5. Are you excited about this new miniseries? Let us know in the comment section below!