PORTLAND, Ore. 09/06/2022 — Nigerian brothers and co-creators Shobo Coker (Buckhead) and Shof Coker (“Moremi” feature in Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire) portray a striking vision of West Africa under the thumb of alien colonizers in the forthcoming New Masters. The trade paperback edition will collect issues #1-6 of the immersive Afrofuturist series and land in stores from Image Comics this October.
The Coker brothers are a debut creative team and were the recipients of the 2019 Creators for Creators grant.
New Masters follows a motley crew of outcasts who find themselves caught up in a power struggle for control of an ancient artifact with immense power. This is the perfect sci-fi story for fans of N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther.
New Masters (ISBN: 978-1534323384, Diamond Code AUG220145) will be available on Wednesday, October 19 and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 25. It can be found at local comic book shops, independent bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.
New Masters is also available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.
Select praise for New Masters:
“I had no idea, when we all picked this book for Creators for Creators, that, as good as it looked then, it would turn out this BEAUTIFUL. Amazing work!” —Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead
“Shobo and Shof give us an original, beautifully crafted sci-fi with New Masters. It’s an incredible debut from a distinctly African perspective. Shof’s rhythmic storytelling, palettes, and world building visuals perfectly seam with Shobo’s intriguing cast of heroes, cut throats, and politicians like only brothers can. Immerse yourself in this new world, you won’t regret it!” —Nick Dragotta, East of West
"It’s immediately obvious the two [Shobo and Shof Coker] are passionate about the world they are building. They are incorporating different aspects of their culture: shared mythology, religion, history... The variety of African influences is evident and aesthetically the book is a fantastic dictionary of Afrofuturist elements." —Black Nerd Problems
"Blends exciting adventure, compelling drama, and rich Nigerian mythology to present a vibrant new take on Afrofuturism." —Graphic Policy