Tha God Working On New Comic Book Series
Charlamagne Variety has learnt exclusively that Tha God is working on new lines of graphic novels for his Simon & Schuster label Black Privilege Publishing, as well as a comic book series with AWA Studios.
To kick off the project, Charlamagne has hired Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, King of Killers) as the writer of a new graphic novel titled Darkstorm illustrated by Ken Lashley. It depicts a hesitant superhero with PTSD who is viewed as an anti-hero by everyone except those closest to him.
The first series in production for comic books is The Vindicators, which features a diverse superhero squad and a relatable origin narrative set in a gloomy dystopian future.
“If you know anything about me, then you know how much I love comics,” Charlamagne said. “I’m the guy who got Wolverine holding a microphone tattooed on his arm when he was 17 because of my love of comics. Partnering with Kevin Grevioux to present this new universe, filled with Black and brown god-level superheroes is a dream come true. A lot of the Black superheroes I loved growing up were street-level and that’s cool, but I want to see omega-level superheroes that look like me and people around me, and that’s exactly what we are giving you with Darkstorm and The Vindicators. I am blessed and excited to continue the important work with my Black Privilege imprint on Simon & Schuster and begin partnerships with comic book veterans like Bill Jemas, Axel Alonso and the whole team at AWA Studios. It’s collaborations like this that help to build an empire and I’m grateful to have found good ones.”
“I feel blessed to be working with a guy that is as successful as Charlamagne, a one-of-a-kind cultural icon with global reach.” Grevioux said. “He also has an incredible genre IQ for science fiction, comics and fantasy. So, I truly believe that he is the absolute perfect partner for these ventures. The world’s really not ready for what we have in store.”
“When you get the opportunity to work on some great characters you jump at the chance,” Lashley remarked. “l am drawn to strong characters of color, and there are not many in mainstream comics, but ‘Darkstorm’ is just that. It’s also created by Kevin Grevioux who is a very talented writer and created another powerful character in Blue Marvel, so it’s a win-win. It's very exciting.”
“Charlamagne Tha God is one of the most compelling voices in culture today,” AWA CEO Bill Jemas stated. “His passion for comics was abundantly clear when we met him. But what truly blew us away was his handle on comic storytelling. We look forward to working with him and bringing his amazing concepts and vision to life starting with ‘The Vindicators.”