Mobile comics platform LINE Webtoon expanded its “New Brooklyn” super hero universe today with the launch of The Brooklynite. The series was created by the late Seth Kushner and artist Shamus Beyale, with additional art by Jason Goungor. LINE Webtoon is also developing a new title for the line, War Cry, a spin-off of Dean Haspiel’s “The Red Hook,” which will debut in 2017.
The New Brooklyn storyline involves a sentient Brooklyn seceding from the United States as a new group of heroes rises up to have adventures that suddenly seem to much more timely. Besides The Red Hook, New Brooklyn also includes The Purple Heart by Vito Delsante, Dean Haspiel, and Ricardo Venâncio.
It’s also Launch Week at LINE Webtoon: a new series has debuted every day this week. The line-up:
Big Jo by Julia Arostegi on Monday
Adventures of God by Kasper and Teo on Tuesday
The Brooklynite on Wednesday
Mirror by Karl Altstaetter on Thursday
Athena Complex by Kaisar on Friday.
LINE Webtoon comics are formatted to be read on mobile phones, a popular platform in Korea that is still catching on elsewhere. All of the comics can also be read for FREE at the LINE Webtoon website.
Info on the new series below:
The Brooklynite follows Brooklyn cartoonist Jake Jeffries, who gets caught in the fallout of a super-human battle and is irradiated with superpowers. Fraught with “Superman powers and Spider-Man problems,” Jake learns to fight crime in his secret identity as The Brooklynite, and chronicles his adventures in a comic book series while struggling to lead a dual existence. The Brooklynite was co-created by Seth Kushner, an award-winning Brooklyn-born photographer and comic artist. Kushner passed away last year following a long battle with cancer and The Brooklynite is his last published superhero work, created in partnership with artist Shamus Beyale.
War Cry is a spin-off title to the critical hit The Red Hook. It will draw readers back into the Red Hook’s adventure with the surprising return of another familiar face. Written and illustrated by Dean Haspiel, War Cry takes readers into the aftermath of the alien attack on earth that killed most of America’s superheroes. Now an orphaned, teenager named Rajak has mysteriously become the recipient of all of the dead superheroes powers and escaped to New Brooklyn. When he shouts the words “War Cry,” Rajak transforms into the perfect war goddess, who is a cosmic resurrection of Ava Blume, formerly known as The Possum and love interest of superhero The Red Hook.
“War Cry is complex; Romeo versus Juliet but with superpowers,” said creator Dean Haspiel. “I’m thrilled to see the New Brooklyn universe develop as the characters story lines start to cross over.”
“Our readers have fully embraced the New Brooklyn universe with The Red Hook and The Purple Heart,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “We are excited to continue to expand this fascinating world with The Brooklynite and War Cry and look forward to continuing on adventures with these Brooklyn heroes.”
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