Critics of race swaps, especially in mythology based on European folklore, wonder why nobody has considered tapping into African folklore to make something unique in fantasies and superheroes. It is relatively untapped as previous stories come from British, French, Japanese, Incan or Native American influences…to varying degrees of fidelity mind you. During a Free Comic Book Day preview a few years ago we were introduced to someone doing just that with YouNeek Studios, creating a universe centered around African mythology and thus not using white people in a story that makes sense not to have white people, while tapping a new source of mythology besides European or Japanese folklore. ICv2 looks into this studio’s new projects through Dark Horse. Frankly it sounds interesting. Now I just need someone to tell me if I’m allowed to read it. Also check out their own website with more offerings and their own app service.
Can’t we just enjoy good comic and comic ideas anymore and build up the format with unique story and genre exploration?