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Featured on CNN, FORBES, BBC and more, E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams Part 1 is a superhero story about redemption, set in a futuristic, 2025 Africa! The 136 page graphic novel follows the journey of Wale Williams, an impetuous young man who inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing. Tricked into returning home to Lagoon City, Nigeria following ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by YouNeek Studios
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Lamar
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great graphic novel and was thrilled to win this here on goodreads! I can't wait to pass this one on to friends! Different in a good way that's outside Marvel and DC and need to see more independent graphic novels around! ...more
Megan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I almost gave it four stars, but I think the faults in the book brings it down to three. Without going into too much spoilers, a character died early in the story and I didn't think the story showed enough about the character, so I didn't really care about that character dying. Plus, I thought how the character died was stupid and I think the writer could have staged it better. The art is okay, but the panels don't flow too well in some places. And I figured out who the villain was less than hal ...more
Hollowspine
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Four stars for the author's decision to keep the comic centered on Nigeria from the characters and story depicted, to all the people who worked on creating it. It's a wonderful way to introduce readers not only to stories set in places other than the US or the UK, but also to introduce them to new authors and artists from Nigeria.

The comic itself is pretty classical super hero, a little bit generic in Wale's backstory (Dad's a mad scientist, mom dies, Wale, reluctantly at first, picks up the man
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Devin
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I wanted to like this, but it has such a cookie cutter superhero origin plot--fridged mom, dad angst, reluctant hero, villain with the usual motives, etc. Glad there's more African superheroes though, and hopefully the plot gets more original in subsequent volumes. ...more
Alison James
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
cool
Bridget
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Good fit for fans of Iron Man maybe. I also was reminded a smidge of Overwatch, so it might work for those fans too.
Hillary
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting start!
Nancy
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, a fantastic story, amazing art and just all around fun.
Six
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OK. I'm gearing up to write another diverse comics/books list clearly. ...more
Tinotenda Mataruse
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dam
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Gbolahan
May 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh-won-t-go-on
So, I read the Chapter One of this Part One (the first 28 pages) on Comixology (bought it for 99cents, that is, 335 naira these days) and I was not entertained.
Look, I applaud the effort. Nigerians in comics? Hell yeah, I like the sound of that. But, Okupe has to remember he has COMPETITION. He grew up with Marvel and DC, how on earth does he think he can under-perform and hope to match those guys??
Akinboye's and Kazeem's art was good...but too sparse and angular for me. A lot of backgrounds wer
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M.i.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had so much pride reading this. The fact that this was not only a story centered in Africa but every participant in creating this is of African descent as well. Yes, representation definitely matters. Story wise, it's not breaking new ground but the dialogue is true to the region and the art work is pretty good. Two thumbs up ...more
Salem Leonard
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read

A fantastic classic comic book style story told with excellent art and interesting dialog. I can't wait to see where this exciting story goes.
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RL Campbell
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the universe

Reminded me of an African version of Marvel's Iron Man universe . Looking forward to seeing more from this team.
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Vincent Stoessel
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great starting volume from beginning to end. Loved that took place an African country that is basically Nigeria. Great story and social commentary.
Marcela
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
An impressive Kickstarter-backed indie debut about a superhero in a near-future (2025) Nigeria. Recommended!
Ricardo Atherley
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good start for new hero

Great story. I love that origin story takes place in Africa. While the EXO seems to rip off off iron man I like that he is both defensive and offensive
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Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated produc ...more

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