Celebrating Diversity And Marginalized Voices, ‘The Ennead’ Is Back On Kickstarter

by Brendan M. Allen

J.L. Johnson Jr. invites readers to Kickstart a whole new realm of fantasy, with two new installments of Ennead: The Rule of Nine, now live on Kickstarter. The epic fantasy features art and letters by Luke Horsman, art by Apple Nunez, covers by children’s illustrator Martin Nihlen, and storyboard/concept artist Edward Lilley.

Re-envisioned for a modern and diverse audience, Ennead: The Rule of Nine  unveils the world of Amashik. Inahtuu Kinisc is running from his past, and his present pursuers, through The Republic Kingdom of Athea. Navigate a tumultuous transfer of power with Queen Ellaria Shadoon as she works to solidify her grandmother’s legacy… as well as The Rule of Nine. March with King Ulius Kazar as he fights to end a decades long war and ensure his name is remembered long after he’s gone. Witness as Ngia’wi of The Order of The Jade Crest races to prevent an ancient, and ethereal, cold war from turning hot.

“Ennead is an epic spaghetti western baked into fantasy; it values diversity, representation, and marginalized voices just as much as it respects what’s expected from the genre itself,” said Johnson Jr. “As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I got tired of saying ‘wow, I wish I could see “X” as a comic or graphic novel,’ so I decided to write one instead. I envision these stories as huge graphic novels and nothing else. As a set of books fantasy and comic fans alike could be proud to add to their bookshelves for years to come.”

“The story is full of dark and complex characters and the world of Amashik is a stark and enjoyable setting to work within,” added Luke Horsman. “All of the creative collaborators working on this title so far have been bringing this world together beautifully. This story is a joy to experience as the tale unfolds with every page.”

Backer rewards start at the $7 tier for digital copies of books one and two, and progress through paperback and hardcover copies, posters of variant covers, and cameo appearances in the next book. Readers can view the active Kickstarter right here

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