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Is'nana the Were-Spider, Vol. 1: Forgotten Stories Paperback – 2016
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Accidentally breaking a barrier between our world and theirs (called THE MOTHER KINGDOM), Is'nana, the son of Anansi (The West African God of Spiders) accepts the responsibility for releasing creatures of horror into our world, villains who want nothing more but to cause chaos and mayhem to achieve their own diabolical or selfish goals. With guidance from his father, Is'nana not only strives to live up to his father's name but to also reach his own potential while he seeks to discover his individuality and place in the world.
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I know, I know. Amazing isn't it?
Is'nana is the son of the Spider-God and throughout the comic we get to see a bond between father and son that makes me see Anansi in a whole new light. Without spoiling too much of the comic for those of you who haven't had a chance to read it yet, the comic opens with an introduction to Is'nana. While we already know of his famous father, we get to see the world through Is'nana's eyes. He's a pretty interesting kid. It's easy to see that he's a hero whether he wants to be or not.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, something fishy is going down. One of Anansi's arch-nemesis has stepped into the human world and he isn't coming to make amends. Nikki-Michelle recommends this book for those who are comic veterans and those new to comics alike. I rate this book five-pages (think five-stars).
I've seen this book get a lot of praise for representing the all-too-often underrepresented people of color in comics, and rightly so. Personally and for what it's worth, (as a white dude who can appreciate but not directly relate to that sentiment,) I think it deserves just as much praise for simply being a great story with well thought out/ developed characters. This is another great example of indie comics filling in the gaping voids left by mainstream comics, and I'm looking forward to the next book!
Is'nana is definitely a work of #ownvoices. For those unfamiliar with that term, it's when cultural works are actually written by people from the culture they're writing about. Greg has roots in what he's writing about here and it shows because there is nuance and depth that someone from outside the culture would not have been able to apply. Some things just can't be researched.
The artwork is beautiful and it's crazy that such quality is coming out of an indie comic. This can and should be right up there with any big name comic. Is'nana has all the youthful exuberance of Spider-Man, the moral integrity of Superman and plenty of cool powers to go along with. And if nothing else sells you on the comic...MAN LOOK AT THAT COVER!!