A new graphic novel series called “Legend of the Mantamaji” premiered as a Comic-Con Exclusive two weeks ago. The first book is available for review with a release date for Oct. 8th.
Diversity in comics/graphic novels has been a hot topic as of late, amplified by Marvel’s multiple announcements ahead of Comic-Con San Diego. What’s missing is the creation of new characters of color with rich canon that readers can argue about for decades.

Male Thor will eventually become worthy of Mjolnir again and Steve Rogers is never off the shield for long. Independent creators and publishers offer a lot to readers looking for epic stories from different perspectives.

Legend of the Mantamaji tells the story of Elijah Alexander, a rising Assistant District Attorney in New York who learns he is the last of a race of mystical knights called the Mantamaji, who once protected mankind. When an ancient evil is resurrected, Elijah has to learn to turn his back on everything he’s worked for, accept his birthright, and learn how to use his magical warrior abilities to defeat the greatest threat the Mantamaji ever faced—without being distracted by his grief, his anger, and a terrible betrayal.

The book features lettering by Deron Bennett, who was nominated for an Eisner Award two years ago for his work on titles like Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and Helldorado, among others.

About Eric Dean Seaton:
Mr. Seaton is a critically acclaimed director of more than 175 episodes of 32 hit shows including NBC’s “Undateable,” Disney’s “Austin and Ally” and “That’s So Raven,” Nickelodeons “The Thundermans” and “The Haunted Hathaways,” Fox’s “Living Single” and BET’s “Reed Between the Lines.”

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