Sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor is writing new comic book series on Black Panther's Shuri

Black Panther's Shuri will join an iconic list of superheroes with a standalone comic book series to be written by Nigerian-American author, Nnedi Okorafor and illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist, Leonardo Romero

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerian-American afro-futurist writer, Nnedi Okorafor will write a new standalone comic book series about Black Panther's Shuri for Marvel, she announced Thursday afternoon.

Shuri, who most will remember as the tech genius little sister of T'Challa in the Black Panther comics, will take the lead in the new series.
The new comic book set will be released in October 2018.
With T'Challa in the backseat, the new series will throw Shuri on a demanding course.
    According to an official release by Marvel, the new series will throw Shuri into a demanding journey as Black Panther disappears in space.
    Next in line to take the throne of Wakanda, she steps up out of her comfort zone and into a much stronger role.
    The official Marvel Comics synopsis reads "Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She'd rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda's welfare and her own."
    Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning sci-fi author, Nnedi Okoroafor, who has previously contributed to a story on Black Panther: Long Live The King, made the announcement on Twitter.
    "💥Announcement: I'm writing Shuri," Okorafor wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo o