Marvel’s Black Panther is causing a major cultural movement across the world, reportedly raking in over $300 Million since it’s release last week Friday, making it the biggest superhero movie opening weekend ever.
If the film-making world had any doubt about making superhero movies with African backstories or with African lead actors and actresses, then the buzz and figures over the last couple of days should be enough to dispel them. African stories are a big deal and have a humongous market.
And for those who’ve been swept into to the world of Wakanda, there’s plenty more tales and stories where that came from. We’ve shortlisted 10 other dope stories of African origin and comics created by studios based across the continent that we feel you’ll love if you really dig Black Panther.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. We’ll be posting more lists of novels and novellas soon and some concept and unpublished characters too.
So here goes:
Eric kukoyi is the vessel for fear itself as such he does not age or sleep, by day he serves as a lecturer at the university of lagos Nigeria teaching human psychology, a psychiatrist and parapsychology expert as well by night eric becomes “fear itself” an entity that rules the shadows strikes fear in the hearts of any being in its path.
Studio – Comic Republic
Writer – Oz Ezeogu
Year – October 16th 2015
Kwezi (Buy here)
Kwezi is a young city dweller who discovers he has superhuman abilities. His journey starts off as a self-serving narcissist who only uses his abilities to further his social status. This is until he is tracked down by three individuals who exhibit similar evolutionary talents. It is not long until Kwezi is confronted with the truth about his powers and is faced with an important decision: to carry out his life serving no particular purpose, or joining his new companions on a journey to discover who he really is and what he is destined to be.
Writer – Loyiso Mkize
Year – 2014
The Pack (Buy here)
A Fantasy Graphic Novel following a Pack of Egyptian & Nubian Werewolves. Former Assassin Khenti, now a fugitive from the Lotus Kingdom, desperately tries to meet up with his brother Nekhet. However, with Pharaoh’s men close on his heels, he soon finds there are more dangerous things in the Egyptian Marshes…
Studio – Midas Monkee
Writer – Paul Louise-Julie
Year – March 2nd 2015
Outcasts of Jupiter (Read for free here)
A thousand years into the future, earth is a very different place. Catastrophic quakes and natural disasters have devastated the planet, wreaking havoc on our civilization and swallowing whole cities as nature reclaimed hers. Our planet, now a harbor for outlaws, ash-runners, gangsters and vagrants, is no longer the crown jewel of the Sol System, that honor belongs to Jupiter, a hub of interstellar trade, commerce and the seat of politics. The titular Outcasts of Jupiter are just that, a group of four vagabonds deemed persona non grata on most civilized worlds, bound by a common purpose – the promise of roaming the fringes of an untamed and wild galaxy, identifying unique and unusual jobs that spark their collective interests and challenge their unique abilities.
Studio – Coker Co Op
Writers – Shof, Funlola and Shobo Coker
Year – 2014
Malika: Warrior Queen (Read Free Here)
Set in fifteenth-century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of Queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of circumstances, splitting the kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council, and Azzaz grabbed the attention of one of the most feared superpowers the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attention to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.
Studio – Youneek studios
Writer – Roye Okupe
Year – May 17th 2017
Olwatuuka (Read free here)
Based off an African Folk Tale, The story follows a young boy (Kakama) who is set out to destroy a vicious demon that has terrorized the world and killed his family. Watch as the story unfolds revealing immense drama, action and comedy in the world where.
Studio – Mangola studios
Writers – Lubega Louis, Ssali Timothy and Kawuki Andrew
Year – October 19, 2015
The Eternals (Read for free here)
Based on an epic celestial war between a Pantheon of African gods.
Studio – Vortex Comics
Writer – Somto Ajuluchukwu
Year – August 19th 2016
Newborn – Rise of the Mlezi (Buy here)
The Newborn saga is an epic fantasy series set in ancient Africa. Long ago a great ancient EVIL sought to engulf Creation. The celestial council came together and created a solution to this uprising. They created the NEWBORN spirits. Pure in heart and noble in the cause of regaining balance in the realms of existence. They vanquished the evil threat and banished it to eternal darkness. millenniums have passed and a curse EONS old is set in motion to unleash terror once more.
Children of Blood and Bone (Read an excerpt here)
Eleven years ago, King Saran cemented his grip on the throne by banishing magic from Orïsha and slaughtering the realm’s maji—Zélie Adebola’s mother included. The maji’s descendants—dark-skinned, white-haired people called divîners—have lived under tyranny ever since, but now there is cause for hope.
Author – Temi Adeyemi
Writer – Temi Adeyemi
Year – March 6th 2018
Yohance (Buy here)
Written and drawn by Paul Louise-Julie ‘Yohance’ is an epic space opera with a purely African aesthetic. Yohance is the story of a master thief who gets caught up in an intergalactic conflict that reveals a centuries-old war and dark secrets of his own past.