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The Final Issue of Nnedi Okorafor's Dora Milaje Spin-Off Is Here

The author gives the scoop of what to expect in the third installment of "WAKANDA FOREVER" in an interview with Marvel.

The Dora Milaje's storyline gets even more intense in the third and final installment of WAKANDA FOREVER, penned by Nnedi Okorafor.

For the past two issues, we've seen Nakia, former member of the badass, all women army, go on a rampage as the super villain Malice. Okoye, Ayo and Aneka have had to explore the ancient secrets of the Dora to stop her.

In a new Marvel interview, Okorafor talks further about AVENGERS: WAKANDA FOREVER #1, which was illustrated by artist Oleg Okunev, with cover art by Yasmine Putri and the second cover by Venesa Del Rey.

"The Dora Milaje have come to Brooklyn in pursuit of Nakia (AKA Malice) who has stolen a very powerful Wakandan weapon that is also a deep Dora Milaje secret," Okorafor says to Marvel. "Because we're in New York, several Super Heroes show up to help (including Storm, T'Challa, Rogue, and Nightcrawler), but only the Dora Milaje truly understand what's going on—but now the Wakandan weapon that Nakia stole, called a Mimic-27, has gotten free of even Nakia's control."


Okorafor also notes that she wanted to expand on the Dora Milaje beyond what they're known for—to show that underneath the perceived perfection and strength, they are also just as human.

"I was quietly exploring the themes of cultural secrecy and what happens when those secrets are exposed to the West, the theme of forgiveness, and the evolution of culture," she continues in the interview.

Read the full conversation here, and search for where you can grab a copy here.

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