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Legend of the Mantamaji: Book One

(Legend of the Mantamaji)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Television director Eric Dean Seaton's first graphic novel series is a tale exploding with brilliant art, action-packed adventure, true-to-life characters, and a smart and twisting plotline.

Elijah Alexander, New York's hottest, cockiest, and most media-hungry Assistant District Attorney, is about to learn something shocking: he is not even human. He's the last of the
Paperback, 1 st Edition , 216 pages
Published October 8th 2014 by And... Action! Entertainment
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Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
A bit clumsy and trite. The dialogue is often ham-fisted. A bizarre story of an ancient cult who helped humanity before one of the warriors split off and became evil. This is nothing you haven't seen before but there is some potential here.
Scott Sigler
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really fantastic stuff. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Seaton at BookCon in Chicago. Talk about an owner/creator with his shit together.

This book is gorgeous. Great coloring, great art, really top-notch all the way through. Seaton sweats the details. All the details.

The mythos he's created here is lush and detailed, an alternate-history that in no way interferes with actual history. I can't wait to read the next one. A classic superhero origin story. Have you read things like this before?
Khamwryn Carrasco
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
The Legend of Mantamaji is a phenomenal comic book. The artist Brandon Palas did a remarkable job with the art work to bring this story to life. I can really imagine a real life or movie version of the scenes that take place within the book. The coloring and detail on every page bring the story to a whole new level. Author, Eric Seaton is a true contender in the comic world. Seaton knew what he was doing right from the beginning. An African- American D.E.A assistant in Manhattan, New York, soon ...more
Angela Wilkins
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading the book. It was definitely a page turner. The artwork was excellent. I think the story is very unique and I really enjoyed the character development especially the villain Sirach. Additionally, the author created interesting supporting characters that made the journey of Elijah even more compelling. I look forward to reading the entire series.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed reading book one of the Legend of the Mantamaji. Well developed characters are supported by a story that is balanced with the right amount of humor and action. The artwork is first class and compliments the writing style of the author. I hope to be reading Eric Seaton's Legend of the Mantamaji for years to come.
Oh, thank god momma lived JUST LONG ENOUGH to deliver her one big point of exposition before dying.
She survived 3,000 years in an empty desert chamber, but just two days in this comic.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been eagerly awaiting Legend of the Mantamaji from the minute I hear Eric Dean Seaton was working on it. I was not disappointed. Eric has created very full characters, from the cocky assistant DA who cares deeply for his mother, to the evil Sirach who lost his way. I love the rich history and epic feel to the story. The artwork is exceptional.

Another plus is the diversity in this book that is often lacking in comics today. It doesn't seem forced at all.

I, literally, could not stop
Elijah R.
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This comic was extremely easy to read, and filling, and still had room for some surprises. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, it seemed like another swerve kept me reading on and on. The story arc has so many places it can go from here and i can't wait to read the next book.
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Legend of Mantamaji by Eric Dean Seaton is a graphic novel series for all ages and anyone who loves solid storytelling. Seaton has created two worlds that will certainly resonate with all readers young and old. Mantamaji is a tale of self-discovery in the context of modern ambitions. The main character, Elijah Alexander, successful district attorney with single-minded political aspirations is challenged to rethink his current life trajectory after a fateful reunion with his mother, Mariah. ...more
Terreece Clarke
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The entire Legend of the Mantamaji series was featured as a Comic-Con Exclusive at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 where attendees got the opportunity to purchase the entire series in advance of their release date.

Essentially, the story is a destiny story. The main character is an assistant D.A. minding his own businesses, climbing the ladder, planning out his life when destiny in the form of a mysterious stranger steps in to the picture. Evil has taken a hold of his city and a tragedy leads him to
Jim Leesch
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A truly excellent freshman effort from Seaton and Palas. The world is complex and interesting. While the story borrows heavily from some tired tropes (view spoiler), it still feels new and fresh, largely because it's a book about a black man, written by a black man. Make no mistake, though, this book is written for anyone who likes a good story with eye-popping art work. Even the ...more
David Clarke
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story has revitalized my love for comic books and graphic novels. Book 1 of this series is an enrapturing origin story with a deep, rich origin story BEHIND the story. The artwork is superb and the characters all have an air of mystery and depth which makes you wonder about how much further the author is going to develop them as the series goes on. What Legend of the Mantamaji does best is continue to pull the reader in while giving you just enough information to keep you engaged and ...more
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I was surprised how much I liked this. My library purchased this and book 2, and I put it on hold on the off chance it would turn out to be good - and yay! It was. I enjoyed it enough to pick up the next book, which I will hopefully be getting soon. Despite being an over-done trope (hero didn't know he was special and suddenly gets cool powers), this book still manages to bring some interesting originality to the story.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hope this becomes a movie!
Michelle Cristiani
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Good premise, a little clumsy. Some of the wording is trite, some overdone. I can see it being really good when it gets off the ground.
Thelonious Legend
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't think of a more hyped launch of a character or series since MileStone. And Legend Of the Mantamaji meets if not exceeds expectation in all categories. The artwork is stunning, the characters are well defined, and the Mythology and History behind the titled character is worth the price of admission alone. So let's get into it.

Premise: Elijah Alexander, an ambitious Assistant DA, is not trying to break through the glass ceiling so much as blow it up. This is a man with a mission and a
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three thousand years ago a select group of humans were born with magic powers to help protect this world...Endowed with a magical crystal, they covered the globe as earth's greatest protectors...Guided by The Enlightened--powerful, benevolent, omniscient beings who were not Gods, but watched over earth as such. The Enlightened believed so deeply and strongly in humans that they united with mankind to form special beings. The first-born male child of these chosen ones was called a Mantamaji. The ...more
Thistle & Verse
I'm not sure I'm the target reader for this book. While there were definitely elements I liked, I don't plan on continuing this series unless I hear some promising spoilers. I felt like the secret society being based out of Egypt wasn't played up enough. Like the hilts of their swords are ankhs, but in terms of armor design or philosophy of the organization, I didn't see much influence. I wasn't big on the plot. It seemed fairly rote (as did the characters) until the cliffhanger ending. I ...more
This was my first African American comic book. It was truly a exciting read. I must thank my co worker Rommel for displaying it on the African American Table for Black History month. It was a great idea because without him I would have never known about this super hero. I also had customers telling me this was there first time as well
Kristopher Johnson
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a great spin on the superhero genre! Legend of the Mantamaji is lit with action and will leaving you wanting more...which is why I bought the whole set. Good book if you're just getting into comics, or a veteran who needs something new. Check out my full review at so you can read more about this entertaining graphic novel :)
Anthony Otero
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is what a graphic novel should be. The art is amazing, the colors are bright, and the story is on point. Who says you need the "big two" to have a great comic book? I love the feel of this book and the characters with a truly unique and original story. I will have to get book two.
Stacy Borden
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!! I look forward to purchasing the other comics in this series

Great read!! I look forward to purchasing the other comics in this series. I recommend this comic book to all kids.
Christine Ritchey
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Holy plot twist Batman! A rather enjoyable start to a series.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
what the hell?
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