Darren CraigIn celebration of Black History Month, Def Jam Recordings recruited three of the label’s rising artists to write stories for an epic collaboration with Marvel Comics designed to integrate the voices of young Black creatives with one of the most transformative franchises in graphic art’s history.
According to a press release, “FlowerChild” rapper Saint Bodhi, Kaash Paige, and Bobby Sessions will each contribute short stories for the final three issues of the Black Panther: Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda saga from author Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuna.
This moment is a dream come true for Bodhi, who will share her take on X-Men character Storm through an “emotional story grounded in tragedy and acceptance.”
“I almost cried,” Bodhi tells ABC Audio of when she first found out about the collaboration. “It was geeky for me. I really was like geeked out when I found out about it because I definitely love Marvel, anime, all kinds of video games and stuff…like this is my world.”
The 28-year-old said she wanted to speak to Storm’s feminine side but still keep the superhero powers comic fans know her for.
“I wanted to write a story about her helping out this African girl who lost her parents and was struggling with her anger,” Bodhi continued. “When I look at Storm, I look at her like, ‘ah man that’s mom’…so I made sure to incorporate that attribute of Storm being not only the ultimate superhuman, super woman, but also the ultimate feminine-like mother. Mother Nature itself.”
The #23 issue of Black Panther, written by Saint Bodhi, arrives February 24 on the Marvel app and in comic books stores everywhere.
By Rachel George
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