MOORE — Oklahoma writer R.J. Woods is creating his own multicultural line of comics with New Myth Comics.
“Creating a universe where it is extremely diverse, creating characters with diverse leads ... that is our biggest thing,” Woods said.
The lead characters of New Myth are a mix of different ages, races and sexes. Woods said he's already received great feedback to this at conventions and store appearances.
“People are excited to see a broader array of characters,” he said.
New Myth's titles can be previewed and purchased at www.newmythcomics.com. They'll also be on sale at a launch party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Old School Event Center, 201 N Broadway in Moore.
Three titles are available so far:
“Black Clover” features a hero who was once the world's greatest, then he retired to pursue a career in politics. “The public needs him again,” Woods said. “He's pulled back into becoming a hero.”
“Download” begins in Oklahoma City, and features a teenage girl who develops superpowers. The series follows her efforts to deal with those changes.
“Salt and Ignite” features a superpowered couple facing difficulties in the hero community after Salt breaks the heroes' code to avenge the death of his uncle.
All of these titles are set in the same superhero universe.
New Myth has additional titles planned, including an anthology of various writers and artists. Upcoming from Woods and New Myth is “Hotheads,” about a group of fire-using superheroes who have been rejected from other groups, and “Hallelujah,” about an immortal healer.
The lead character of “Hallelujah” was originally born into slavery, Woods said. His abilities make him immortal, but also lead those he has healed to worship him.
“He has a crisis of faith that impacts him in a negative way,” Woods said, noting that his aim is “testing the limits” of superhero fiction with this title.
Woods is an adjunct professor at Rose State College in Midwest City and at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Woods also serves as the Comic and Editorial Cartoon Editor at Arcadia Magazine. He said he decided to take the plunge on his own company after talking to cartoonist Art Baltazar, who has worked on DC's “Tiny Titans,” among others.
“He said, ‘Don't wait to get somewhere to do it, just do it,'” Woods recalled.
After lots of initial research, Woods started the process of forming New Myth.
“I focused on the writing and getting a whole world developed,” he said.