I’ve been a fan of Aje since its very first issue. My love for the title has grown exponentially. The most recent issue was quite impressive to say the least. The art, though spectacular, took me a while to get used to but that ceases to be an issue once you dive into the plot.

Personally, it felt like the previous issues were building up to this particular one. What made things even more enjoyable was the fact that this issue in itself seems poised to segue the story into a hurricane of action packed drama.

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Panel from Aje #3

In this issue, we find out more about Teni and though the nature of her powers still remain a mystery, we get a step closer to understanding how they work.

The issue also introduces two characters who are obviously going to play essential roles in Teni’s journey. The first is Sofiat Kolowale and the other Ologbo her talking cat, which ceases to be adorable once it takes it’s true form. The two quite frankly are wonderful additions brimming with promise. I look forward to seeing more of Ologbo.

Ologbo and Sofiat prepare to battle the Paymaster in Aje #3
Ologbo the talking cat transforms

All that said one matter that must come into discussion is the story’s take on witchcraft. I personally have always felt that creators and writers have the responsibility of not just giving their audience an entertaining experience but a positive and beneficial one at that. Then again, an author should also dare to push his creative spirit to the limits and venture wherever the story takes him.

In the end, all I can say is it was a really good read. A masterfully crafted piece that testifies to the skill, ability and love poured into it and most of all, it is one that doesn’t shy away from being original and African in its entirety.

Read Aje #3 for free over on the publisher, Comic Republic’s website and previous issues here.

Aje chronicles a grand journey where a young heroine will hunt for the strength to save the past, present and future/

Aje #3 is written by Wale Awelenje, with art by Ozo Ezoegu, colours by Tobe Ezeogu and Saheed Banjoko and letters by Michael Balogun.