A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Legend of Mantamaji presents an alternate African history involving a warrior race of superpowered, magical protectors of humankind.
The Legend of Mantamaji promotes the idea that people have an obligation to the generations who have come before them. Elijah craves material success, but he learns that he must honor the legacy of his superpowered mother and father.
Positive Role Models
Elijah Alexander starts the book as an arrogant attorney interested in maintaining his wealthy lifestyle. As he learns more about the legacy of the other Mantanaji, he learns some humility and begins to face his obligations to the family members who have gone before him.
Violence & Scariness
The Legend of Mantamaji features many scenes of violence, with weapons that range from handguns and bazookas to magical beams of energy and fireballs. Characters do get hurt and sometimes die, but the deaths are usually portrayed with a minimum of bloodshed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Elijah and Sydney are dating, but they're shown only flirting and kissing.
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"Balls" is used once.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Legend of Mantamaji is a superhero graphic novel that features an ethnically diverse cast of characters. It depicts an alternate, non-realistic African history involving a warrior race of superpowered, magical protectors of humankind. There are many violent scenes involving handguns and magical beams of energy, and members of the supporting cast are killed. Sexual content is limited to flirting and kissing by adult characters.
Is It Any Good?
THE LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI: BOOK 1 presents an intriguing take on the superhero tale, delivering an ethnically diverse cast and a lead character with African roots. But the storytelling is muddled both in the writing and the illustration. Talky, static conversations are followed by battle sequences in which it's difficult to follow the action. A little more clarity would help determine whether this is a three-volume journey that many comics fans will want to take.
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