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Kagagi: The Raven

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Matthew Carver is an average 16-year-old kid dealing with normal teenage stuff. Or, at least, he was yesterday. Today he found out that he has inherited an ancient power and responsibility - the age-old evil known as the Windigo has returned, and Matthew Carver must defeat it! He is Kagagi: The Raven!
Paperback, 78 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Arcana Studio (first published July 12th 2011)
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'Nathan Burgoine
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I went to Can*Con a couple of weeks ago, and I got to hear Jay Odjick speak on the topic of print-to-screen adaptation, and from the brief snippits he dropped about Kagagi, I connected to wi-fi and nabbed the first graphic novel then and there.

Beginning with the myth of the Wendigo, Kagagi: The Raven tells the origin story of a modern day hero, and does so through an Algonquin lens. As a queer guy, I love finding #ownvoices stories, and as a lover of graphic novels—and superheroes in specific?—I
Writing is hard.
Derek Newman-Stille
Portrayals of aboriginal people in comics are often tokenistic, two dimensional, and stereotypical. Aboriginal women in comics are sexualized, with costumes that are reduced to a few bands of leather and tassels. Aboriginal men are made into stoic figures. Aboriginal groups are often invented for comic book worlds, creating communities that have never existed and using a mish- mash of iconography from a variety of native peoples.

This is why it is so refreshing to see Jay Odjick and Patrick Tenas
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
My main complaint is that this is all there is for Kagagi comics. It's an excellent origin story for Matthew/Kagagi, who's an Anishinabe superhero battling the Windigo. But that's unfortunately all it is.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, but it is a pretty good start.

The beginning legend and its artwork are fantastic. The question it leaves, and many of the other questions that come up, are intriguing. The world-building is decent, and it is really important to have a Native American protagonist.

The downside is that the exposition and angsty teen dialogue are a little clunky. I wouldn't have minded that so much, but both of the female characters are really underdeveloped, and the drawing
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I quite enjoyed this superhero origin story. It does follow a lot of the tropes, including ones I'm not a huge fan of, but it does shine wherever it strikes out on its own.

I did find it a little short and rushed, but I understand that it is setting up characters for a series in which they can be explored with more depth. The story does what it needs to do.

I liked the artwork, which used a lot of solid lines and colours. It reminded me a bit of Saturday morning cartoons.
J'ai hésité entre 3 et 4 étoiles. Kagagi est une BD dont le scénario retrace les origines de son super-héros : de jeune ado anishnabe à guerrier qui doit se battre contre une dangereuse créature mythique, le Windigo. Le scénario, trop court, nous laisse un peu sur notre faim. Mais la qualité graphique de la BD et sa façon de mettre en avant-plan un personnage des Premières Nations m'a fait pencher pour les 4 étoiles. En espérant qu'il y ait une suite!
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of a First Nation’s super hero. I haven’t read many comic books so I don’t know how it compares.
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