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The Dora Milaje Are Officially Getting Their Own Marvel Spinoff

Dora Milaj warriors enter the world of Spider-Man

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Our fierce female warriors from Black Panther, Dora Milaje are getting their own spin-off in Marvel's new comic book Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man reports Vogue

And we are here for it! 

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The new three-part series, which have the Dora Milaje headed to New York to investigate a threat to national security, was written by award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor, with illustrations by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque and Terry Dodson. 

“Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him,” Okorafor said. “Now you’re going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”

Okorafor is most known for her work in fiction. Her novels usually center around themes of Afro-futurism and mythology. She enjoyed the challenge of writing the comic and said it was extremely satisfying. Her first book for Marvel was Black Panther: Long Live the King that released a year ago. 

“It’s been amazing, and I’ve learned so much along the way,” says Okorafor "Presenting a vision of the African continent through the sci-fi lens felt completely natural. I like to write the future; the Africa I feel can be and the Africa that will be, that has always been my vision, and with Wakanda, a place set in the present but with a futuristic outlook, it wasn’t a hard transition—it made a lot of sense.”

Okorafor said that she also enjoyed the challenge of writing the Dora Milaje characters. She presented them in a way that not only showed their superwomen like powers but also illustrated their eternal struggles. 

“I’m always interested in a challenge, so writing a narrative where it doesn’t feel heavy-handed but I can develop the characters through little subtle things [creates] my favorite moments,” said Okorafor. “You feel that you can relate to these characters, and feel they are real, not just iconic, but also human.”

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