A Wave Blue World announced that Chapter 4 ofKISMET, MAN OF FATE is live on their site as part of their digital Undercurrent imprint. This new chapter is timely as it takes place at the end of the 2016 election. Kismet as a character first came to life in the pages of the Golden Age title Bomber Comics #1 in 1943 to fight fascists. Creator A. David Lewis started this new series in 2017 after the surge of misogyny, racism, and sexism that followed the election. This new chapter begins with the character understanding his pivotal roll in a world overwhelmed with turmoil. The digital series updates on #tidaltuesdays. Get caught up in the undercurrent at http://awaveblueworld.com/under-current/kismet-man-of-fate/. A Wave Blue World will release a print collected version of the comic in summer of 2018.
Creator A. David Lewis explains, “It was only after Trump won the nomination and then the election that I personally realized what I had brought Kismet out of the public domain for. I had already been writing new adventures for him for 1-2 years, but by Inauguration Day and certainly the 1st Muslim Ban, it became obvious that he was an old hero needed to thwart a new kind of villain. For me, the Kismet stories shifted from whim to duty.”
Punching Nazis used to be more than a meme. In 1944, it was a vocation. And no one put his gloved fist in the faces of more fascists than the Man of Fate, the Algerian Operative, our man in Occupied France — Kismet.
Then, he disappeared. Gone without a trace…until now.
Back from beyond, Kismet finds a new world of gay rights, quantum physics, and computer technology along with the old evils of bigotry, greed, and ignorance at a crossroads. Twenty-first-century America needs more than a superhero. It needs an ally.
What others are saying about Kismet, Man Of Fate:
“I have to say; I’m really loving Kismet; it’s the first digital comic that I’m actively following. I love what you’re doing with it, and between the topicality, the nuanced take on the Shazam-esque concept, I feel like it has the potential of being both movingly political while a really special take on the alt-history superhero-in-the-real-world story.” – Pornak Pietschote, Writerupcoming INFIDEL series for Image Comics
“The KISMET team has created a gorgeous series so far from pencils to colors to letters. Noel Tuazon was an Eisner-nominated artist before coming on board for the Broken Frontier short story. The colors and rich, earthy pallet from Rob Croonenborghs bring warmth to the pages. Then we have the genius of lettering, Taylor Esposito, who took over a series regular. Taylor was recently nominated for a Mike Wieringo Award.”
– Amber Love – Vodka O’Clock podcast
Check out the Kismet trailer!
A. David Lewis earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from Boston University and his M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University while developing original graphic novels such as The Lone and Level Sands and Some New Kind of Slaughter. He is the co-editor of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation. Lewis teaches in the Greater Boston area and was a 2015 Eisner Award nominee for American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife. He is a founding member of Sacred and Sequential and an Executive Board Member for the Comics Studies Society. His website is www.captionbox.net and his Twitter name is @adlewis.
Founded in 2005 by Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner, A Wave Blue World is an independent publisher of quality graphic novels and comic books with a focus on originality and cultural relevance. AWBW projects range from in-house titles such as the New York Times recommended American Terrorist, collaborations with creators to realize their visions, such as Marguerite Bennett’s short story collection Ghastly Tales, high-end art books like Punkrock Jazz: The Art of Toby Cypress, or original collections like The Broken Frontier Anthology which raised nearly $60,000 on Kickstarter and featured a number of talented creators such as Cullen Bunn, Greg Pak, Steve Orlando, and Justin Zimmerman.
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