My first book, Protectors of Wakanda is coming!

My first book, Protectors of Wakanda is coming!

As many of you know, I have been working with Marvel on an official in-world historical guidebook set in Marvel Comics’ Black Panther universe called Protectors of Wakanda: A History and Training Manual of the Dora Milaje. Currently available for pre-order, the book is set to publish on September 20, 2022. 

Protectors of Wakanda title, theblerdgurl

Yesterday The Root revealed an exclusive look at the beautiful cover drawn by Ashley A. Woods (Niobe: She is Life) and I’m thrilled that I can finally share it with you! Protectors of Wakanda will be published by Epic Ink, the same publisher that brought you The Wakanda Files and Star Wars: The Jedi Path

Ever since the Dora Milaje were first introduced to Marvel comics by Christopher Priest in 1998 in ​​Black Panther, Vol. 3 #1, I’ve always wondered, “Where do they come from? What training do they receive? What skills do they learn? How exactly are they chosen? What weapons and technology do they use?” So I was thrilled to explore those answers in this book. 

Protectors of Wakanda cover, Karama Horne
Cover Art by Ashley A. Woods


Written as a training manual and oral history handed down from elder Dora to initiates, each Dora leaves lessons and notes in the margins for the next generation. I became a little obsessed as I dove into the seeds of Wakandan history planted by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby that Don McGregor, Jason Aaron, Reginald Hudlin, Christopher Priest, Jonathan Hickman, and so many others sowed. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ta-Nehisi Coates, Evan Narcisse, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, and Nnedi Okorafor, who nurtured these characters and infused T’Challa, Wakanda, and the Dora Milaje with the Afrofuturism that I longed to see in this universe. 

But don’t worry, even if you’ve never read a Black Panther comic in your life, you will love reading about the journey these elite young women take to become the Protectors of Wakanda.

Art by: Sheeba Maya

Updated 5/18

Click here to read a fantastic article on The Verge with more reveals from the book! Click here to check out the read Cover reveal. And check out the Official Book Marvel page!

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Hi! I'm Karama! I'm a Brooklyn blerd, journalist and content creator fueled by coffee and comics. Anime is my orientation. Read More