"I've been asleep so long I can barely separate dream from reality..."
Enter into the epic landscape of Czepta // The Prophet Rides Again, a place where magic is real and dreams can alter destiny. Follow the saga of Halima Kesi Shukura, the 12th Czepta of Zion as she returns home to fight the nightmare system of Babylon that has enslaved her people.
Czepta // The Prophet Rides Again is a story of the quest to gain enlightenment, and our responsibility to maintain the balance and harmony of the universe.
Bringing together some interesting themes - mind over matter aka the Quantum Observer Effect, parallel dimensions, ascendancy - and mysticism from a number of cultures including Polynesian, Asian, Middle Eastern and European... and artwork styles to match... this is a gumbo of potential for this Kiwi young man.
Set in New Zealand, Auckland in particular, this story has some very interesting overtones, and I have to laugh at the reversals of counter-culture. While those who wear their pants around, or below, their butts with their underwear showing think of themselves as the heroes of revolution and rebellion, in this story it's the 'evil' Masters who wear baggies, hoodies, shades and bling, with their boxers on display. I quite liked that switch-around, personally.
I can't speak much to the story in the one issue thus far released - Issue Zero - because like most multi-part stories this is just the basic intro, with little more to it than character intro and plot root development. However, if this is any indication of how the story is going to go, it's a good start and presented with some very professional artwork.
Ed has some great experience in story-boarding - the natural precursor to Comics and Graphic Novels - so I am not at all surprised by the very high calibre of his artwork. However, that means how well this is received will be determined purely on plot. I certainly hope it continues along the same, or higher, standard as it started because that will lead to bigger and better things for Chronic Shock - Ed's working label.
Overall, this is a very impressive start, with some great secondary merchandise already in production. Getting the name further out there is going to be vital, especially as this could grow into something very big.
Random listing from 'Comics'...
A 13 year old boy named Kahi wanders the streets of Christchurch city, feeling a bit lost in a place he should belong. That ordinary day suddenly changes when he finds a 10 cent coin, The profile of the British Queen and the Maori icon on the reverse makes him think about himself and his Maori culture. The coin, a symbol of the colonisation, leads him to his Kuia (grandmother), a wise lady who shares some of her vast Maori knowledge with Kahi. ... more...
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