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Iyanu Child of Wonder Volume One

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A teenage orphan girl with no recollection of her past suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the ancient gods!


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A teenage orphan girl with no recollection of her past suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the ancient gods!

30 review for Iyanu Child of Wonder Volume One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A tale set in an African fantasy world about a young outcast with special abilities. The world has been overrun by "corrupted" animals that attack humans. Humanity lives in a giant city behind a huge walls. There's a lot of world building here. The problem with a lot of it is that it's in text panels between the issues or at the end of the book instead of in the story, leaving you confused when it comes up in the story. I love that the main character and "chosen one" is a young girl. This volume A tale set in an African fantasy world about a young outcast with special abilities. The world has been overrun by "corrupted" animals that attack humans. Humanity lives in a giant city behind a huge walls. There's a lot of world building here. The problem with a lot of it is that it's in text panels between the issues or at the end of the book instead of in the story, leaving you confused when it comes up in the story. I love that the main character and "chosen one" is a young girl. This volume is mainly prologue. Hopefully, Youneek Studios can continue this story as comics could use more stories with young black girls as the hero. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David

    I backed this on Kickstarter. It's a graphic novel by a Nigerian artist who also does short animated features. YouNeek Studios also puts out an African-themed line of superhero titles, but Iyanu is a traditional young adult fantasy story. Iyanu is your basic "Chosen One," a mysterious orphan raised by a mysterious witchy woman who has taught her to fight the "Corrupt," beasts that have been infected by some sort of magical virus. Despite the two of them protecting the "Inners" who live inside a w I backed this on Kickstarter. It's a graphic novel by a Nigerian artist who also does short animated features. YouNeek Studios also puts out an African-themed line of superhero titles, but Iyanu is a traditional young adult fantasy story. Iyanu is your basic "Chosen One," a mysterious orphan raised by a mysterious witchy woman who has taught her to fight the "Corrupt," beasts that have been infected by some sort of magical virus. Despite the two of them protecting the "Inners" who live inside a walled city, they are hated and feared and mistrusted - stop me if you've heard this one before. The lack of originality is made up for by the beautiful full-color panels and the painstaking worldbuilding, creating a kingdom called "Yorubaland" which, while fictional, is very closely modeled on historical Yoruba culture and the Kingdom of Benin. I enjoyed it a great deal, but unfortunately, this 112-page first volume is just the start, and YouNeek Studios is a tiny indie publisher so they've been promising volume 2 for a while now. It is definitely something I'd recommend to anyone with kids who like good old fashioned epic fantasy with an engaging tween protagonist, especially if you would like a non-European setting. There aren't a lot of African fantasies out there.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    9/20/2021 Full review tomorrow at TheFrumiousConsortium.net. 9/21/2021 The second title in the YouNeek YouNiverse is just as gorgeous as its predecessor, the first volume of Malika: Warrior Queen, if not more so. The digital art is rendered with a colorful airiness reminiscent of manga but with decidedly African influences. And the use of color throughout is simply mind-blowing: Godwin Akpan is so majorly talented! If only the storyline kept up quite as well with the illustrations. I have the gene 9/20/2021 Full review tomorrow at TheFrumiousConsortium.net. 9/21/2021 The second title in the YouNeek YouNiverse is just as gorgeous as its predecessor, the first volume of Malika: Warrior Queen, if not more so. The digital art is rendered with a colorful airiness reminiscent of manga but with decidedly African influences. And the use of color throughout is simply mind-blowing: Godwin Akpan is so majorly talented! If only the storyline kept up quite as well with the illustrations. I have the general idea of where the plot is going, but the layers of story are too frustratingly opaque. Essentially, young Iyanu has been raised just outside the city walls of Elu by the wise woman Olori, who is skilled in eliminating a mysterious force known only as Corruption. But the death of Elu's king sets in motion a power play by the new king's chancellor Noru, that would eliminate Olori and Iyanu while doing nothing to alleviate the suffering of Elu's citizens, whose welfare is championed only by much maligned foreign minister Uwa. By the end of the book, I'd gotten an inkling of why Noru was pushing as hard as he was, but I'm genuinely surprised that Uwa is the only person not taken in by what's an obvious con. Noru is so entirely shifty, making portentous declarations with only the vaguest of claims to back them up, that it makes everyone who goes along with him look hopelessly gullible. It's one thing if he were speechifying to a desperate populace, but he's mainly talking to the entrenched ruling class, who have the luxury -- but clearly not the brains -- to ponder his pronouncements and push back, especially when said pronouncements are clearly against their own interests. It is absolutely mind-boggling how cow-like the new king is in just going along with what Noru tells him to do. Maybe this is a plot-point later, but there are no indications that the ruling class' submission is due to anything but sheer plot devicery. In fact, of all the issues raised by this volume, the question of why Noru is such a dick is pretty much the only one that even comes close to being answered. Why does Iyanu have powers? Why are the city's ruling elite so quick to claim that she's performing "false wonders" when they can see with their own eyes that those wonders look 100% real? Where does Olori send her, and where is Biyi from? It's kind of annoying to go through an entire multi-chapter volume that doesn't bother to resolve a single one of its mysteries. But I must say that I really dug MWQ, and the art here is so terrific, and the mission of the entire YouNeek YouNiverse so awesome, that I'm willing to give this obvious storytelling flaw a pass and look forward eagerly to the next installment. Tbh, this book felt a bit like half of an entire book -- it was, as a matter of fact, about half as long as MWQ. But since it didn't take much of an investment of time to enjoy, I'll just go ahead and bank some time in the future for Volume 2, which will hopefully round this story out more fully, if not completely. The art alone is worth the price of admission, frankly. Brilliant use of color aside, it was always very clear who was talking or acting at any given time: the art actually did a lot of heavy lifting for the story! Mr Akpan is a fearsome talent, and having a whole book of his art to look at is a sheer delight. Iyanu: Child Of Wonder Volume 1 by Roye Okupe & Godwin Akpan was published today September 21 2021 by Dark Horse Books and is available from all good booksellers, including Bookshop!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julia Pika

    Thanks to Dark Horse for the early copy! The artstyle is gorgeous, I love how expansive and colorful the outfits, backgrounds, animals are. I'd say the only issue is that the faces look a little off sometimes but the smooth art style works very well 99% of the time. The plot can get a bit confusing but it's a pretty fun and interesting story! I can't wait to read more in the future! Thanks to Dark Horse for the early copy! The artstyle is gorgeous, I love how expansive and colorful the outfits, backgrounds, animals are. I'd say the only issue is that the faces look a little off sometimes but the smooth art style works very well 99% of the time. The plot can get a bit confusing but it's a pretty fun and interesting story! I can't wait to read more in the future!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ash.O

    This is an interesting story. It has elements of magic, the fall and rebuilding of civilization, power and corruption, hope and justice, and more. Excited to see what happens in the next volume!

  6. 5 out of 5

    LittlePiscesReading

    A little too expository in the first issue but it quickly settles into itself after that. The art is lovely and the story compelling. It's a very promising series. A little too expository in the first issue but it quickly settles into itself after that. The art is lovely and the story compelling. It's a very promising series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ada

    ***who sucked me in*** The biggest enabler: Omar of Near Mint Condition on YouTube in their video published on 27 augustus 2021

  8. 4 out of 5

    Twilight Gilles

    3.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    more please!

  10. 4 out of 5

    kashiichan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trina

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sunday Taylor Nelson

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abdulqahhar

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Griffin

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosario

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sean Cavanagh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miguel EH

  21. 5 out of 5

    MFCOMMAND

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Ann Zodkowic

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kajos1717

  26. 5 out of 5

    E

  27. 4 out of 5

    Neal Solmeyer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelene Bayless

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mortythesociopath

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

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