The end is nigh—at least when it comes to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ initial storyline for Marvel’s Black Panther comic book. Ahead of the beginning of the final act of “A Nation Under Our Feet,” the author shared artist Paolo Rivera’s covers for the next four issues of the series on Twitter.
The covers, which connect to form one panoramic image, show various important players in Coates’ storyline in front of a backdrop depicting the history of the Panther’s kingdom of Wakanda, ending in a statue of the Panther’s helmet with T'Challa himself standing in casual dress, looking unsure about his future. That final cover will appear on March’s Black Panther #12, which Marvel teases will reveal a “startling new status quo” for the character. Even more startling than the time he was a school teacher named Luke Charles in inner-city New York back in the 1970s?