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Legend of the Mantamaji by Eric Dean Seaton
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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 step into the role of hero to seek revenge.

I expected something of a Harvey-Dent-meets-Batman kind of thing, but instead I was treated to a different sort of story with a pretty rich background that goes beyond the standard "rid the city of evil in a costume" motive. We find out the Mantamaji are a race of ancient knights who are sworn protectors of humans. There is a lot of good meat in that back story and the author does a wonderful job revealing more of the history without slowing down the story.

Overall, author Eric Dean Seaton has created a gripping story that draws you in early and takes you on a very good ride. The plot has enough twists to keep you interested without having to suspend disbelief. And because the novel is centered around ancient, other-worldly knights, there is plenty of action without it being overwhelming.

The characters are well-developed and don't necessarily fit the stereotypes featured in other comics/graphic novels. The cast of characters is multicultural, the women in the book are represented well, definitely not damsels in distress and not overly sexualized.

Legend of the Mantamaji Book 1 is a really good graphic novel with vibrant drawings and coloring, compelling story and fast-paced action.

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July 7, 2014 – Finished Reading
August 4, 2014 – Shelved

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