“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.”
The Gods of the Martial Arts gain power, prestige and wealth from the number of followers they have. The Asian martial gods are most powerful and prosperous, as the Asian martial arts have long been marketed to the world and are quite popular, even in the retrofuturistic / afrofuturistic setting of Jagunjagun Lewa. The African gods of the martial arts, on the other hand, are so unpopular that they risk falling into eternal sleep. To save themselves, they must build the popularity of the martial arts. To achieve this, they pick an unlikely champion who, with his brother, Papio, a man cursed to live out his life as a mandrill, sets out to build the reputation and popularity of the African martial arts by defeating the best martial artists in the world. The problem is, no one wants to fight him – and NOT because of his extraordinary fighting skills.
Jagunjagun Lewa (“Pretty Warrior”) is a manga that succeeds in mashing up Sword and Soul, Rococoa and Cyberfunk, for a wild ride that will have you turning the pages and clamoring for more.
Written and created by Balogun Ojetade and illustrated by Chris “Crazyhouse” Miller, Jagunjagun Lewa launches later this year!