Check out 'EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams', a graphic novel set to be released later this year - created by Nigerian born Roye Okupe (Owner/Creative Director at YouNeek Studios). Set in the year 2025, in the fictional Nigerian city of Lagoon (modeled after the Nigerian city Lagos), a young man named Wale Williams inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing and uses the suit to battle against the terror attacks of a sociopathic extremist. Regarding the project, Okupe says: "From the first day I laid my eyes on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons in the 80’s, I’ve been hooked on superheroes. Since then, I've watched, played and read every single superhero-related title I could lay my hands on: movies, comics, manga, anime, graphic novels, animated movies/series, video games etc. And then in 2008, after noticing there wasn't a lot of diversity in the genre, I decided to tell a story about a hero from Nigeria. Hopefully, EXO fulfills my goal of adding something unique to the industry”. Check out some images below; plus a trailer (based on early animation tests) for the upcoming graphic novel.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
* Update April 2015: if you'd like to support the project, its creator is running a Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44069577/exo-the-legend-of-wal...
EX0 (Wale Williams)