Some more breaking news out of the Avengers panel at New York Comic Con, and it’s all about the prose novels, baby!
First up is a new Black Panther novel geared at Middle Grade readers. Black Panther: The Young Prince is written by fantasy author Ronald L. Smith and hits stores in January. You can preorder it now on Amazon, where the description reads:
Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger.
This is his destiny. But right now, he’s simply T’Challa-the young prince.
Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T’Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he’s not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father-the reigning Black Panther-or testing out the latest tech, he’s off breaking rules with his best friend, M’Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T’Challa’s father makes a startling announcement: he’s sending T’Challa and M’Baku to school in America.
This is no prestigious private academy-they’ve been enrolled at South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring to use only in case of an emergency, T’Challa realizes he might not be as equipped to handle life in America as he thought. Especially when it comes to navigating new friendships while hiding his true identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini Jones, a menacing classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic.
When strange things begin happening around school, T’Challa sets out to uncover the source. But what he discovers in the process is far more sinister than he could ever have imagined. In order to protect his friends and stop an ancient evil, T’Challa must take on the mantle of a hero, setting him on the path to becoming the Black Panther.
Next up is a Runaways young adult novel from bestselling author Christopher Golden. That book is set right after Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s classic run on the comic, also out in January, and also available for preorder on Amazon.
“The Pride, back in L.A.? Their parents, alive? Karolina had never realized hope and fear could feel so much alike.” After the death of their Super Villain parents, five teenagers are on the run. Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase and Molly are now in survival mode, hiding out in an abandoned hospital and trying to regain a sense of normalcy. But Super Heroes don’t get to be normal. When the Runaways try to rescue a teenage girl from becoming a human sacrifice, their mission gets intercepted by a bunch of punks dressed up as the Pride, aka their parent’s former coven. As they try to get the hell out of there, a bloody and bruised guy named Zeke asks for their help. He reveals that a group of Super Villains called the Nightwatch, is planning to pick up where the Pride left off. The Runaways know that evil adults orchestrating crime in L.A. isn’t the best form of government, so they agree to help defeat them. As the teens confront threats from every angle, things begin to unravel. Not only around the Nightwatch, but around Chase and Gert’s growing relationship, Nico’s self-doubt, Karolina’s budding romantic interest in the rescued girl, and Molly’s awkward puberty questions.
Bleeding Cool ace reporters Hugh Sheridan and Joe Glass are on the ground at the panel sending us breaking updates. They’ll be filing a full report from the panel later, so be sure to check back for all the details.