Indie Comics – Ancient Illumination
Rod Van Blake and Jordan Purnell Jackson were gracious enough to send me an early copy of Ancient Illumination for this month’s indie comic! Ancient Illumination is a science fiction graphic novel set in the Milky Way where beings of light come to Earth thousands of years in the past (this might not be fiction to some of you conspiracy theorist; I’ve got to stay out of the Facebook comments) in an attempt to educate mankind. When the Cro-Magnon humans are visited by these light beings they were first terrified (understandably) and then worshipped them as gods. Think of Ancient Illumination as a more mature graphic novel version of Prometheus and Bob from KaBlam! (if you are younger than 25 look it up). Volume 1 is titled “Remembrance and Revolt.”
One of these ancient beings experiments on humans after believing they are not worth. This upsets The Council of Elders and they force this light being to enlighten all of mankind after stripping away their ability to change into a pure light form. This ancient being left behind on Earth is ultimately the form of all conflict between man on the planet as told by a wise old man named Babylon.
A group of space superheroes set out on a quest to Earth to confirm or deny if this is true after learning of the light beings existence. A side note – some random soldier appears at the beginning of the story and is killed by a hero named Jared Omega with drones controlled by an iPad, which is enough reason for you to check out Ancient Illumination. This scarily hits too close to home with our real world military technology.
Ancient Illumination has themes of rebellion, historical fiction, afrofuturism and much more. I will not spoil too much of the story, but if you want a really deep dive into the lore you can read the full length novels. Ancient Illumination has a Kickstarter going to fund the release of the graphic novel. They are pledging donations to St. Jude Hospital and Wounded Warriors if they hit their stretch goals. Please make sure to check it out and support these Black creators. If you do check it out, let us know what you think of Ancient Illumination on our social media or the comments below.