Killmonger was the biggest breakout star of 2018’s Black Panther movie, no small feat in a film in which virtually every secondary character now has a loyal following. Now, the tragic villain is getting his first solo series— a five-issue Marvel Comics story from Bryan Edward Hill and Juan Ferrerya — billed as “the fall of Erik Killmonger.”
Ferrerya has worked on Green Arrow and Suicide Squad, while Hill is collecting comics projects by the handful, coming off of a run on Detective Comics and Wild Storm: Michael Cray to land on Batman and the Outsiders, American Carnage and now Killmonger.
In American Carnage, an upcoming DC Vertigo series, Hill will tell the story of a biracial, white-passing former FBI agent pulled back into service in order to infiltrate a white supremacist group. And in Killmonger, it seems like Hill will also be interrogating the nexus of inheritance by family and inheritance by culture.
“To me the iconic fight between Erik Killmonger and T’Challa is tragic,” he told Vulture. “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. He grew up in exile and had only his anger to nurture him.”
To Hill, the fact that Killmonger and T’Challa are enemies is a failure of society, not a struggle between good and evil. The series will begin with Erik, an American-raised Wakandan exile, graduating from MIT, and follow the choices and events that cement him into his villainous role and his hatred for the Black Panther.
“What I would like to let readers know is they should expect the unexpected with this,” Hill told Vulture. “If they think that they know who Erik Killmonger is, they will be surprised by the aspects of this story. There’s everything here.”
The first issue of Killmonger will debut sometime in December.