Last year, LINE Webtoon launched a new superhero comics universe created by Dean Haspiel, the late Seth Kushner, and other creators from Hang Dai Editions. The comics see the New York City borough of Brooklyn become sentient and secede from the United States, something that seems a lot more realistic today than it did last year, due to recent events. As a result, and because this is comics, new superheroes are created, and you can read about them in comics like Red Hook by Haspiel and The Purple Heart by Vito Delsante, Dean Haspiel, and Ricardo Venâncio. Now, according to a press release, the New Brooklyn universe is getting an expansion in the form of a new book called War Cry from Haspiel, spinning out of Red Hook, and The Brooklynite, by Kushner, who passed away in May of 2015 after a battle with leukemia, and Shamus Beyale, which was announced last year along with the other two titles.
War Cry is a spin-off title to the critical hit The Red Hook. It will draw readers back into the Red Hook's adventure with the surprising return of another familiar face. Written and illustrated by Dean Haspiel, War Cry takes readers into the aftermath of the alien attack on earth that killed most of America's superheroes. Now an orphaned, teenager named Rajak has mysteriously become the recipient of all of the dead superheroes powers and escaped to New Brooklyn. When he shouts the words "War Cry," Rajak transforms into the perfect war goddess, who is a cosmic resurrection of Ava Blume, formerly known as The Possum and love interest of superhero The Red Hook.
And heres the details for The Brooklynite:
Available now, The Brooklynite follows Brooklyn cartoonist Jake Jeffries, who gets caught in the fallout of a super-human battle and is 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. The Brooklynite was co-created by Seth Kushner, an award-winning Brooklyn-born photographer and comic artist. Kushner passed away last year following a long battle with cancer and The Brooklynite is his last published superhero work, created in partnership with artist Shamus Beyale.
You can start reading The Brooklynite right now at Webtoons.com. The Brooklynite is part of LINE Webtoon's first "launch week," a promotion that will see five new comics launched in a single week each week going forward. This week's entries include "drama comic Big Jo by Julia Arostegi on Monday, comedy comic Adventures of God by Kasper and Teo on Tuesday, superhero adventure The Brooklynite, and fantasy comics Mirror by renowned artist Karl Altstaetter on Thursday and Athena Complex by Kaisar on Friday."