Zion #1 – Story and Art by Fasil Kassa
Zion #1 begins with a look at Desta’s life and the struggles he’s experiencing. He’s the son of Ethiopian immigrants who have extremely high expectations for his success. Having cracked under this pressure he dropped out of the engineering program he was in, strained his relationship with his parents in the process, and lost his sense of direction in life. Being a cashier at a grocery store is keeping him afloat financially but it’s not helping him figure out where he wants to go or what he wants to do. He’s adrift in a confusing and hostile world, even before he learns of the ancient conflict his bloodline ties him to.
This story makes full use of the urban fantasy genre, seamlessly combining magical elements with Desta’s everyday life. The narrative switches between the present day and the past to explain the true significance of the lion-shaped “good luck charm” Desta got from his father. The charm has been in their family for generations, but until Desta, no one was able to use it for it’s true purpose; as a key that allows them to unlock the history of the Zion Gem.
With its simple art style and minimalistic backgrounds, the characters really stand out and become the focus of the story which is a plus because it’s very character driven.
Desta is able to use the Zion Gem because he’s descended from With this discovery, Desta’s life is about to get more complicated than he ever expected because the Zion Gem doesn’t just unlock his own history, it also unlocks the ancient conflict between his ancestor, King Iyassu V, and the villainous Dark Hyena. And the Dark Hyena wants nothing more than to own the Zion Gem. With King Iyassu asking for his help to defeat an ancient evil and his parents expecting him to get his life in order, Desta is torn between what is expected of him as a hero and what is expected of him as his parents child.
Zion #1 is a superhero origin story unlike any other on the market and you don’t want to miss it!
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