“The gods have chosen them to protect humanity from itself…whether humanity wants them to or not. They combat those who control the fate of the planet. Through their actions, the world would never be the same.”
Created by Jiba Molei Anderson, The Horsemen is the saga of seven ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, as the gods of ancient Africa possess them.
“When the first issue dropped in 2002, I was mad nervous. I didn’t know how this would be received. We sold over 3500 copies through Diamond (which would be major numbers today, still managed to be in Diamond’s top 300 for the month).
The official debut was Motor City Comic Con. That would be the true test. That weekend, we sold out of the box we brought with us to the con by Saturday. I had to go back to my mom’s crib in to pick up another box and we almost sold through that one by Sunday.
The biggest proof of concept came when I was trying to sell a copy to someone who already grabbed it at his LCS. He was not my target audience, but said it was the best book he had read that week.
I also met, and shook, Billy Dee Williams hand that weekend…”
– Jiba Molei Anderson
With the release of the Divine Intervention first issue in 2002, The Horsemen became a pioneer of the Afrofuturism movement in comics by using the Orishas as the basis for the superhero mythology.
The groundbreaking series celebrates its 20th anniversary with The Horsemen: Birth of the Spark!
“In 1995, I moved to Chicago and received my MFA in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was at SAIC when I understood that the creation of comic books were an exercise in graphic design with script, illustration, layout, color story, etc. all components of the overall product.
My thesis project was going to be a book on the history of African American superheroes and linking them with the Orishas of the Yoruba faith as it were one of the religions that survived the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through “hiding in plain sight” as it were.
This thesis project was the birth, and first appearance, of The Horsemen…”
– Jiba Molei Anderson
Written and Illustrated by Jiba Molei Anderson, The Horsemen: Birth of the Spark is an 80-page, 8.5″ X 11″ “Treasury-sized” volume, which continues the New Mythology saga with four stories filled with metaphysical intrigue, psychedelic locales, and pure AfroFantastic action!
The Elder Champions of Creation face their greatest challenge in The Consonance: Revelations!
Discover the truth behind the emergence of the Orisha in The First Iteration!
The Horsemen battle humanity’s psychic decay in the Birth of the Spark!
Witness a reinterpretation of the very first Horsemen story published in the now-legendary 1999 Griot Preview Book by The Horsemen: Manifest Destiny variant cover artist Aries Art!
The Horsemen: Birth of the Spark will also feature three pin-ups by indie comics legend Shawn Alleyne, articles by Wingless Entertainment founder Brian J. Lambert & scholar Lisa Kottas with a foreword by the co-architect of the Black Comix movement, John Jennings (Kindred, Parable of the Sower, Black Kirby) plus plenty of bonus materials celebrating this momentous milestone!
20 years ago, the world was introduced to The Horsemen and a world filled wonder, mystery, and grandeur told through a Pan-African lens. In doing so, The Horsemen helped change the climate in the comic book industry. Come and help us raise a glass and give cheers by entering The New Mythology on June 6, 2022!