BOOM! Studios Announces Afrofuturist Series ‘Buckhead’ For December 2021

by Brendan M. Allen

BOOM! Studios has announced a new original five-issue limited series, Buckhead, an Afrofuturist series from author Shobo Cokerand artist George Kambadais about an African immigrant family meeting strange new people and dealing with unusual experiences in the mysterious town of Buckhead, USA. 

‘Toba and his mother, a renowned scientist, have just immigrated to the US. But instead of living in the Big City like Toba always dreamed, they’ve moved to a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest called Buckhead. In the middle of the picturesque and pedestrian town, Toba discovers that things aren’t as perfect as they seem. He and his newfound friends start playing a strange video game that looks like a perfect replica of ancient Benin and its people. Soon, Toba is on the run from the frightening men in black, trying to solve the mystery of his new hometown and save his friends before it’s too late!’

Buckhead is a story I’ve wanted to tell since I moved to the US; a story that captures the terrifying wonder and otherworldly newness of being an immigrant kid in a new world,” said Coker. “A story of ancient Benin kingdoms, of vengeful Yoruba daemons, of virtual reality, video games, and improbable science. It’s been a blast writing it, and I hope you enjoy reading it.”

Buckhead is a story full of mystery, suspense and action! I’m thrilled to be the one who brings to life the beautiful and exciting world that Shobo created,” adds Kambadais. “I love it and I’m sure you’ll love it too!”

Featuring main cover art by series artist Kambadais, as well as a video game homage variant cover by Simangaliso Sibaya and variant cover art by Khoi Pham, Buckhead is scheduled to drop in December 2021. 

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