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A New Superhero Comic Universe Set In A Sentient Brooklyn, From Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner And Friends

image001Brooklyn is host to a number of comic creators working out of the same studio, Hang Dai, and associated offspring.

It is also where a brand new superhero universe is being born, the New Brooklyn Universe coming in March from LINE Webtoons, who also recently announced their Star Wars comics adaptation.

And it's headed up by Hang Dai's Dean Haspiel and friends, in a Brooklyn that has become sentient and seceded from New York state, as a result of getting a broken heart. The citizens have to resort to a barter system to get by, leading to civil upheaval – and superheroes.

Red Hook by Dean Haspiel, named after the Brooklyn borough, tells the story of a thief turned reluctant hero when given unexpected powers.

Brooklyn's master thief, Sam Brosia aka The Red Hook, can no longer lie, cheat, or steal when America's greatest champion bequeaths him the powers and moral burden of the Omni-Fist of Altruism– against his will!


Brooklynite, created by the late Seth Kushner and Shamus Beyale, will be created as close to Kushner's intentions as possible. The creation of Brooklynite by Kushner alongside Haspiel's Red Hook in the same studio was where the cross continuity impetus originally came from.

Brooklyn cartoonist, Jake Jeffries gets caught in the fallout of two super-humans battling and is accidentally irradiated with superpowers. Fraught with "Superman powers and Spider-Man problems," Jake learns to fight crime in his secret identity as The Brooklynite, and chronicles his adventures in a comic book series while struggling to lead a dual existence.


And to wrap it up, the Purple Heart by Vito Desante and Ricardo Venancio…

US Navy soldier, Isaiah "Zeke" Nelson has returned from war overseas. He is done fighting and all he wants is to go home to Brooklyn. But Brooklyn has other plans when her heart is broken and she secedes from America and selects Zeke to become New Brooklyn's cosmic guardian, The Purple Heart.

Dean Haspiel will be a panelist on LINE Webtoon's "The Future of Comics" panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 10th at 4pm in room 1A21.

You might also want to check out The Comix Life of Seth Kushner Day panel on Sunday 11th at 11am in room 1B03 as well…

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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