Genre: Action, Superhero
Written By: Norwick Robinson
Illustration By: Mikhail Sebastian
This week’s edition of Indie Spotlight will focus on the indie manga Endigo Society which is a black indie manga created by Norwick Robinson.
Humanity has always been intrigued by the many puzzling mysteries of the universe. One of the most fascinating mysteries is the existence of supernatural events. Throughout the ages, men and women alike have scoured the planets and searched the stars looking for an answer. Their endeavors have uncovered contradicting theories and myriads of legends, but never a true consensus.
One of these ancient legends tells of a sage who possessed the secret of the supernatural and used his power to do extraordinary feats. However, so often humans fear what they cannot understand, and the sage was exiled from the masses.
The legend continues that before the sage died, he sealed the Secrets of his supernatural power into sacred objects and scattered them throughout the earth. The objects would be found and entrusted to a special group of individuals destined to revive the supernatural to the world. We call them “The Endigo Society.”VIA OFFICIAL WEBSITE
The Endigo Society is based off of the Indigo Children which was a term coined by Nancy Ann Tappe in the 70’s. She was a Synesthete who thoroughly believed in New Age concept that Indigo Children, as she called them, were kids who had special supernatural abilities. The story follows Odyssey Na’Dika, her younger brother Zabali Na’Dika, and their grandfather Barazal.
Odyssey Na’Dika – One of the main protagonist. She is 16 years old, aloof, and wears her heart on her sleeve oftentimes. Trained in martial arts by her grandfather, she became a black belt at age 14. Her weapon of choice is the Soul of the Sword (a legendary sword once owned by a great sage).
Risan – Not much is given about this character in terms of information. When he first appears, he’s helping Odyssey when she faints from hearing voices. Aside from being SUPER GOOD LOOKING, he has a nice motorcycle.
Zabali Na’Dika – The younger brother of Odyssey and grandson of Barazal. At 12 years old, he’s considered a genius. Although he is a brown belt, he doesn’t engage in any useless violence which causes him to get bullied at school. As part of family tradition, he will get trained by his grandfather when he turns 13 years old.
Barazal – The grandfather of Odyssey and Zabali. According to his bio, he’s an ex general, doctor, and just screams ‘He’s Him’ energy. As seen in one of the panels, he wields an electric cane which is nicknamed Eel. He owns a hardware store which houses extraordinary weapons. Barazal began looking after his grandkids when Odyssey was 4 and Zabali was a baby. Their parents disappeared and at the same time he was having a disagreement with his son over the family business.
- Amazing fan art at the end of issue
- Biographies for characters also at the end of issue
- Quality illustration and character designs
Even though it was short, the story of Endigo Society intrigues me. You can definitely see some of the anime/manga inspirations as well. I’m always for more black representation in any medium. I will say it was a little confusing being thrust into the story. After doing a little research, I’ve seen there were some other issues released that may or may not give a little more background on to the characters and the purpose of the manga. Personally, I would’ve loved to see some more fighting panels or action sequences. Plus, I felt like we didn’t really get to know the characters too well.
I was able to reach out to the creator and did ask if there would be a second issue. Unfortunately right now, it seems like it’s not set in stone quite yet, but I’m hoping there will be! I’m partially invested and would like to see where this story goes!
If you have a chance, please give this issue a read and support! Their website currently offers the digital version and a narration book of the manga. There’s also some cool prints you can purchase. He’s also currently working on another project so all in all I’m excited to see what more content we get.
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