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Def Jam Collaborates with Marvel to Celebrate Black Panther

Def Jam Recordings and Marvel Comics – two iconic brands who have left an indelible stamp on popular culture the world over – have announced a special collaboration designed to integrate the voices of young Black creatives with one of the most transformative characters and storylines in graphic arts history: Black Panther. Three of Def Jam’s rising stars – Saint BodhiBobby Sessions, and Kaash Paige – will each contribute character-driven short stories in Black Panther #23, #24, and #25, the last three issues of the “Intergalactic Empire” saga from the acclaimed creative team featuring writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuña.

In celebration of Black History Month, arriving February 24th, Black Panther #23 will see buzzing South-Central-LA singer/songwriter Saint Bodhi share her take on Storm for an emotional story grounded in tragedy and acceptance.  One month later in issue #24, Dallas-native, revolutionary rapper Bobby Sessions will tell a story about the King of Wakanda Black Panther himself.  And in the series finale issue #25 in April, “Toxic R&B” breakout star Kaash Paige will forge a tale about Wakandan Princess Shuri and the power of knowledge. Aligned with the Def Jam Forward initiative to promote social, economic, and educational equality, each three-page story will also feature an exclusive one-page Def Jam artist profile.

BodhiSessions and Paige are stepping into comics for the first time within these highly anticipated issues, but each of the Def Jam artists have a long-standing passion for Marvel and the world of comics and graphic arts in general. And like the inspirations behind their latest albums, the challenges faced by Marvel’s heroes are not so far removed from their own.

Bodhi, Sessions, and Paige will bring their short stories to life alongside some of Marvel’s most talented comic book writers and artists. Kicking off with her Storm story in Black Panther #23, Bodhi will be joined by co-writer Danny Lore, artist Alitha Martinez, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. Don’t miss this iconic new issue of Black Panther and Bodhi’s Marvel Comics debut, on stands in comic shops everywhere February 24th! As a bonus, Bodhi’s debut story will also be included in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1, a celebration of Black voices and artists, on sale the same day.

Get a Look at Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 with a New Trailer

Black Panther. Storm. Blade. Falcon. Ironheart. Spectrum. And so many more. Marvel’s incredible legacy of Black heroes will be celebrated tomorrow in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1!

Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 will consist of seven thrilling tales brought to life by an amazing lineup of both new and established creators. Academy Award winning screenwriter John Ridley kicks things off with a poignant look at the impact of Miles Morales. Award-winning novelist Mohale Mashigo pens an action-packed teamup of Marvel’s most promising young heroes—Ironheart, Ms. Marvel, and Shuri. Singer/songwriter Saint Bodhi shares her take on Storm in an emotional story grounded in tragedy and acceptance. Author Tochi Onyebuchi makes his Marvel Comics debut with a high-octane tale of a wild night in Madripoor starring Domino. Writer Stephanie Williams highlights family in a light-hearted Monica Rambeau story. Writer Danny Lore explores Blade’s legacy—both vampiric and heroic. Finally, Eisner Award-winning writer Nnedi Okorafor explains the importance of heroes in fights for justice and reform in an unforgettable Venom story.

Readers can get their first look at this historic one-shot in a new trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork by an incredible collection of artists including Olivier Coipel, Valentine De Landro, Natacha Bustos, Alitha Martinez, Ken Lashley, Chris Allen, ChrisCross.