Def Jam Records and Marvel Comics have joined forces to create a series of short stories set in the last three issues of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther series. Three of Def Jam’s emerging artists will write a story starring a character from the world of Black Panther.
Saint Bodhi will write a Storm-centric story for Black Panther # 23, Bobby Sessions will write about the King of Wakanda in # 24, and artist Kaash Paige will contribute a Shuri-centric story in # 25. The Bodhi story will be joined by co-writer Danny Lore, artist Alitha Martinez, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg and will be printed in Marvel Voices: Legacy # 1.
Each three-page story will end with a one-page Def Jam artist profile for the respective creator. Bodhi, Sessions and Paige will also participate as guests on Marvel podcasts in the coming weeks to discuss their work, including This Week in Marvel, Women of Marvel, and Marvel’s Pull List.
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« Bringing these two logos together was a dream, » said Def Jam Partnership Consultant Jonathan Rheingold in a statement. « There was a mutual desire to bring these two great brands together for one mission and one cause: to harness the rising stars of Def Jam and legendary Marvel characters to tell powerful stories that make an emotional connection with fans of both cultures. »
The official press release for the collaboration between Def Jam and Marvel Comics reads like this,
DEF JAM RECORDINGS COLLABORATES WITH MARVEL COMICS TO CELEBRATE THE ICONIC BLACK PANTERA SERIES WITH NEW SHORT STORIES
THREE RISING STARS – SAINT BODHI, KAASH PAIGE AND BOBBY SESSIONS – TO CONTRIBUTE WITH SHORT STORIES TO THE LAST THREE ISSUES OF THE ICONIC BLACK PANTHER COMIC SERIES
New York, NY- February 17, 2021 – Def Jam Recordings Y Marvel Comics – two iconic brands that have left an indelible stamp on popular culture around the world – today announce 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 Bodhi, Bobby sessions Y Kaash Paige- contribute short stories based on the characters in Black Panther # 23, # 24 and # 25, the last three issues of the « Intergalactic Empire » saga from the acclaimed creative team of writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuña.
To celebrate Black History Month, the 23rd issue of Black Panther will feature the participation of the South-Central-LA singer-songwriter Saint Bodhi in an emotional story based on tragedy and acceptance. A month later, at number 24, the revolutionary rapper Bobby sessions, a native of Dallas, will tell a story about the King of Wakanda himself, Black Panther. And in number 25 of the series finale in April, « Toxic R&B » star Kaash Paige forge a story about Princess Shuri of Wakanda Y the power of knowledge. In keeping with the Def Jam Forward initiative to promote social, economic and educational equality, each three-page story will also feature a unique Def Jam one-page artist profile.
Bodhi, Sessions Y Paige They step into the world of comics for the first time in these long-awaited issues, but each of Def Jam’s artists has a longstanding passion for Marvel and the world of comics and graphic arts in general. And like the inspirations behind their latest albums, the challenges Marvel heroes face are not that far removed from their own. « My album Mad World it’s a raw, honest and very personal journey into my life and upbringing in south central Los Angeles, « he writes Saint Bodhi. « I grew up with a not so normal past. I say the things people are afraid to say. I let the ‘crazy world’ that is my life be experienced. »
Likewise, « Teenage fever It’s my debut album and it was important for me to capture my last year as a teenager through my music, « he says. Kaash, 20 years old. « This chapter of my life is coming to an end, so I wanted to put all my experiences into a document that will live on forever. »
« My album Manifest it is a guide for people to become the best version of themselves « , he concludesSessions. « A body of work that will lead people to find their inner superhero. »
Black Panther # 23 goes on sale February 24 at Marvel.