Published on June 14th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
A NEW TEAM JOINS FORCES TO IN “THE ASIRI VOLUME 1”
Dark Horse and YouNeek Studios are back with an all new epic science fantasy adventure in The Asiri Volume 1. This brand-new space saga is by the talented team of Nigerian creators at YouNeek Studios. The 128-page graphic novel features writing by YouNeek founder Roye Okupe, interior art by Samuel Iwunze, colors by Toyin Ajetunmobi, letters by Spoof Animation, and cover art by Sunkanmi Akinboye and Etubi Onucheyo.
The Asiri Volume 1 begins an epic science fantasy about an ancient, advanced West African civilization of space explorers that once colonized Mars and strove for galactic stability. Enhanced by an inner power called “Inkra,” the Asiri can manipulate technology in ways never seen. However, their golden age comes to a devastating halt after a mysterious enemy invades from deep space. Now, a once-thriving civilization is thrust into chaos as loyalty quickly becomes a liability. A story that’s X-Men meets Attack on Titan (infused with a heavy dose of West African mythology) from the creators at YouNeek Studios (Iyanu: Child of Wonder, Malika: Warrior Queen)!
“I’ve always been a huge fan of sci-fi stories with expansive worlds that still manage to tell a very character-driven story. My goal with The Asiri is no different. The Asiriverse is a massive world with larger-than-life (sometimes quite literally) heroes, villains and people yet to decide. However, at the heart of this behemoth of a universe is a character-driven story centered around two best friends—a pacifist king and his warmongering general.” – Roye Okupe
The Asiri Volume 1 trade paperback will be available in bookstores March 5, 2024 and in comic shops March 6, 2024. The 128-page graphic novel measures 6.625×10.1875”. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at your local comic shop and bookstore and will retail for $19.99.
Praise for YouNeek Studios:
“E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams, Vol. 1 brings an Afrofuturist spin to the superhero genre and is a recommended read for comic fans of all stripes. I cannot wait to see the other books that YouNeek and Dark Horse have in store for this initiative, and I hope to see more of Wale Williams’ exploits in the future.”—But Why Tho?
“Malika Fire & Frost combines futuristic technology, magic powers, and ancient artifacts in a unique, fast-paced story. The in-depth world building and stunning art make Malika Fire & Frost a standout book.”—Youdontreadcomics
“Iyanu is a great looking book steeped in the magic of African mythology.”—Comic Crusaders