All the titles for Free Comic Book Day 2016 have now been released. But here's one that's a little bit special. Malika, Warrior Queen by Nigerian creator and publisher Roye Okupe and Chima Kalu, from YouNeek Studios.
It's the launch title in comic stores for what they call the YouNeek Youngverse. And Bleeding Cool has had our first look inside.
During Free Comic Book Day 2017 on May 6th, readers will get a chance to read the first chapter of Malika for free. By late May/Early June, they will be able to purchase the full graphic novel (chapters 1-6).
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 has 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 attentions to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.