UM alumnus Jesse Holland Jr. pens 'Black Panther' superhero novel Film is expected to soar at the box office for opening weekend

OXFORD – University of Mississippi alumnus Jesse Holland Jr. was tapped by Marvel to reintroduce the world to the 1960s "Black Panther" superhero franchise through a new novel ahead of weekend’s release of the blockbuster film about T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda. Holland, a Holly Springs native who graduated from the university in 1994 with a degree in , was tasked in 2016 with retelling the story through a 90,000-word origin story novel based on material in six comics. The goal was to a new world for the character, T’Challa, set in times. The novel was released last fall as part of efforts to promote the new $200 , which stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, and features Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o. Rap megastar Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack. Being asked to write the novel, "Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?" was a come true, Holland said. "I’ve been reading comic books my entire life," Holland said. "When I was at Ole Miss, me and my friends would drive from campus all the way to Memphis to comic book shops on Wednesday or Thursday when the new ones came out and pick […]

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