Malika – Warrior Queen Part One [Chap. 1 – 6]

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Recently featured on The Washington Post, Malika(pronounced “Ma-LIE-ka”): Warrior Queen Part One is a historical fantasy epic set in fifteenth-century West Africa. The story follows the exploits of queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of ways, splitting the kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council, and Azzaz grabbed the attention of one of the most feared superpowers the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attention to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.

Rated – T (Teen) | Page Count – 144


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Although Malika’s Azzazian Empire and The WindMaker’s Kingdom of Atala are both fictional places, the world they inhabit is very real, as can be seen from the map above. People familiar with African history will definitely recognize names such as Timbuktu, The Songhay Empire, The Oyo Empire, The Benin Empire, etc. Malika: Warrior Queen is sprinkled with MANY Easter eggs regarding African history!


Queen MalikaQueen Malika & The Empire of Azzaz

From its humble beginnings with founder Hasan Bakwa to more than a decade of civil war and finally its expansion into a formidable empire under Queen Malika, Azzaz has seen its fair share of both prosperity and turmoil. Covering an area of about 850,000 square kilometers, Azzaz is divided into five provinces, with the capital city, Azzaz, at its center: the Kano Province in the North, the Bornu Province in the North East, the Fon Province to the West, the Mandara Province to the East, and the Nupe Province to South. Each province has a Chief to represent it in the Council; as a group, the Council advises the current ruler. Over the years, though not a law, it became implied that no one ruler was above the council – a notion that would eventually cause great disunity.

Fun Fact: Since taking over as queen, Malika is undefeated in battle.





The WindMaker & The Kingdom Atala

Once a very peaceful nation, the Atalians were forced to fight for freedom after being subjugated by General Cheng of the Ming Dynasty. Cheng, in search of ancient powerful relics he believed, had been hidden by the Atalians, got more than he bargained for when an Atalian warrior, Bass Kazaar, found one of the relics and became The WindMaker. With his newfound powers to manipulate the wind as well as his Red Raven Army, Bass would go on to drive Cheng and his forces away from Atala. His victory would go on to earn him the honor of being crowned the first-ever King of Atala.

Fun Fact: Bass Kazaar was trained by a group of Shaolin monks who disagreed with Cheng’s approach and rebelled against him, fighting side by side with The WindMaker and his Red Ravens


General Cheng MalikaGeneral Cheng & The Ming Dynasty

The Ming Dynasty is the ruling dynasty of China that followed the fall of the Yuan Dynasty. With its capital in Beijing, the Ming Dynasty boasts one of the most organized governments and socially stable economies. An army of over a million troops makes the Ming Dynasty the most formidable force in the world.

General Cheng, an accomplished voyager and military tactician, was sent by the Emperor to Atala to investigate the presence of ancient and very powerful relics called the Dragon Stones. Upon his failure to subdue the Atalians, Cheng called for massive reinforcements from Ming, but not before setting his eyes on the Empire of Azzaz after an apparent interference on their behalf.

Fun Fact: It is rumored that general Cheng’s forces (plus reinforcements) will total about 100,000, making it the largest Ming force ever assembled outside the empire itself.

The story of Malika takes place in the same universe (the YouNeek YouNiverse) as the E.X.O. series, roughly 500 years before the events of Lagoon City.


Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Masters in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more. These productions have allowed Roye to attain many prestigious recognitions such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of NewAfrican Magazines’ 100 most influential Africans two years in a row (2016 & 2017).

With the superhero genre currently at the height of popularity, Roye has made it a goal to create a connected universe of heroes, with origins from locations that are currently neglected and/or ignored. In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim and has since been featured on CNNForbesThe New York TimesNBCThe GuardianABC7BBCThe Huffington PostMashabe and more! Roye’s sophomore graphic novel: Malika – Warrior Queen was also received with critical acclaim, selling more than 40,000 copies of its chapter one special during Diamond Comic’s Free Comic Book Day (2017). Both books have gone on to win several awards including a Glyph Comic Award (2017) and a Heruica Character Creation Award (2017).

14 reviews for Malika – Warrior Queen Part One [Chap. 1 – 6]

  1. Book Riot

    “…None of the independent books really caught my eye until I noticed Malika… ….We need to bring attention to those, like Okupe, who are doing it right and support them in their endeavors to show those with the will to look, how massive and incredible and diverse the world is.”

    – Book Riot

  2. Neal C.

    There is a lot to be said about Malika, Warrior Queen: a piece of historical fiction with fantasy elements that takes place in 15th century Africa. With its vividly colored artwork and engrossing plot filled with action, political intrigue, and a righteous heroine, it’s definitely a must-read for anyone who enjoys good comic books and graphic novels.

    But it’s the transcendent quality of this book that it most notable. Malika made me realize that though Africa is the second largest continent in the world, I know next to nothing about it. Therefore, Malika is inspiring me to learn more about African history and the many and varied mythologies and cultures from there.

    When a book goes from being a book to being an experience that influences a positive direction in my life, I know it’s something special. And Malika is something special.

  3. Milton Duggins Jr. (verified owner)

    Great to see a Sister as lead in these books. Great work!

  4. King P (verified owner)

    Beautiful drawings, a compelling story, interesting characters and an excellent mixture of African history and fantasy make this an extraordinarily good read. Can’t wait for part 2!

  5. Joshua Bearden

    Malika chapter 1 jumped off the table at Free Comic Books day and into our lives. After reading it over and over, we ordered the full part one. I love reading these comics to my daughter and we both are eagerly awaiting future installments. These books are beautifully drawn and vibrantly inked. The rich storyline is also expertly told through compelling dialog and action.

  6. Gary Beck Dallaghan (verified owner)

    Having read both of the E.X.O. trades, I knew I was in for a ride with Malika-Warrior Queen. This is a great read from cover to cover and I honestly couldn’t put it down until I read the entire book.

    The artwork is absolutely stunning. Each page is a thing of beauty.

    The story is so compelling, filled with historical fiction, great characterization, intrigue, and action. No one will be disappointed from getting this trade paperback. I’m anxious to get part 2!

  7. davidsalako (verified owner)

    Beautiful artwork and nice story telling that both conjure up my distant memories of glorious West African history classes. My boys and I cannot wait for Malika: Warrior Queen Part Two!!

  8. Louisy (verified owner)

    Honestly, I couldn’t stop reading until I was done with both volumes of Malika. Craftfully well done and represented. Can’t wait to read the other titles of Youneek studios

  9. Marcus Newton (verified owner)

    Excellent art, excellent story and fantastic overall value, in my opinion. The story is gripping, the characters are compelling, and the plot moves well. It’s nice to see a fellow brotha compile something worthwhile in terms of comic book work, something professional and comparable to your Marvels, DCs, and TopCows of the world. Can’t wait for more of Malika and I’m onto the next book tonight! I’ve also read and enjoyed E.X.O so I’m eagerly anticipating Volume 3. Weave that story man, and make a great crossover story someday! I’ll be there to purchase 😉

  10. Mikal Mokelu (verified owner)

    Now this is amazing this comic alone has my respect because a lot of comics don’t give black woman a a lot of descent light and recognition , this comic will definitely impact a lot of black african woman young and old to inspire them the power they have to also change not just africa but the whole world. Bravo

  11. Eric Gregory (verified owner)

    Malika part one was excellent. Now on to part to part 2

  12. Adrienne (verified owner)

    My parcel came in on time. I absolutely love love love the story, the characters, the colours; my 6 years old daughter as well loved that the main character was a girl. You have definitively gain a fan for life if you continue delivery quality.
    Manchester (UK)

  13. Chance Arradondo (verified owner)

    Fantastic story with so many great characters and the visuals are inspiring.

  14. Chance Arradondo (verified owner)

    The character development and visuals are amazing and it made me confident to move forward with the rest of the series. I wasn’t disappointed.

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