E.X.O.- The Legend of Wale Williams Part One

Review:

E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams Part One: A Superhero Graphic Novel - Roye Okupe,Ayodele Elegba,Sunkanmi Akinboye,Raphael KazeemThis is one of the comics I posted about after going to the Baltimore Comic-Con. It looked interesting and the writer was there, promoting his comic, so how could I resist? Okay, that by itself is resistible. It’s the part where the story is set in Africa.

Is it just me, or is anyone else tired of all the superheroes having to be from the US and of all the super-villain attacks being on the US? I love the idea of a story in a totally foreign location.

Featured on CNN, FORBES, BBC and more, E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One is a science fiction superhero story about redemption, set in a futuristic, 2025 Africa! The 136 page graphic novel follows the journey of Wale Williams, an impetuous young adult who inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing. Tricked into returning home to Lagoon City, Nigeria following a five year absence, Wale embarks on a journey to investigate his father s mysterious disappearance. As he comes to understand the suit s powers, Wale realizes he must restore hope to his city by preventing catastrophic attacks from the sociopathic, Oniku, leader of an extremist group called The CREED.

By the way, Wale is pronouned Wah-leh. 

Loves: 2025 Lagoon City, villain/hero relationship, that there’s more than one hero in this universe, the villain runs an extremist group. They actually call it an extremist group which is new for me and comics. Maybe I just missed it in others, but I feel like the word was specifically chosen here.

Most of the elements of the story are familiar in the way that there’s isn’t much that’s new in the superhero landscape anymore. I think we’ve explored as many motivations, relationships, tragic backstories, and uses for minions as are possible but they get tweaked a bit here and there to provide the story with it’s own uniqueness. This story does the same thing.

I look forward to finding out what happens next and finding out what the deal is with some of these women. If you read it, you’ll understand what I mean by that. They intrigue me, as does Wale. I also want to see what else the suit can do.

This series is brought to us by Youneek Studios, which started with this comic but are expanding their universe. When I went back to check on their site, I even saw that pre-orders are available for the first volume of their new series Malika: Warrior Queen.  I can’t wait to read that one! Take a look through their website and you’ll see their amazing art. Their second volume of E.X.O. is also available there and on Amazon.

This is a good story that I think people should check out. It’s fun and presents new and interesting characters for us. If you’re a diversity reader, this should definitely go on your list of comics/graphic novels to read soon.

 

This volume is available at their home store and from Amazon.

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