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Zojaqan the Complete Series - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published July 29th 2018
Zojaqan, comics, comics about people of colour, comics with POC heroes, women in comics, fantasy comics, graphic novel

Shannon is grieving the death of her son when she wakes to find herself in as a strange landscape full of monsters. She finds herself pulled forwards through time, anywhere from days to thousands of years in a moment. She watches the evolution of the creatures called Zoja from small lizard-like things to bipedal creatures with a language and culture and tries to guide them towards morality. In the process, she becomes their goddess and finds that in her absence they keep distorting her words and taking things in unexpected directions.

Initially, I found the story a little confusing, but it grew on me as it went on. It is light on for plot but rich with emotional depth. The art is interesting, and I especially liked the imaginatively designed creatures, some of which appeared truly alien.

Zojaqan was written by Jackson Lanzig (of Joyride and Hacktivist) and Collin Kelly (of Gotham City Garage) and drawn by Nathan Gooden (artist from The Gifted and Dixie Vixens). It is an unusual fantasy comic with a strong black heroine and an interesting way of looking at grief and loss.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Diamond Book Distributors, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: August 7 2018
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