From activist and rapper Tem Blessed and award-winning artist Michael LaRiccia
Dark Horse Books presents Planeta Blu Volume 1: Rise of Agoo, a new young adult graphic novel about courage, compassion, love, and sacrifice to make Earth a better place for living beings. This is activist and rapper Tem Blessed’s debut graphic novel, illustrated by Michael LaRiccia, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winner Van Jones. While first fully funded and published from a Kickstarter campaign, the Dark Horse edition will include exclusive bonus content as well as a new cover.
After Lares, her brother Angel, and their friends Tomé and Tyler gain magical abilities, they stumble upon a looming war. The animal kingdom is ramping up to save the earth—”Planeta Blu”—by taking on the global climate crisis and fighting pollution at the source. One billionaire oil tycoon has sinister machinations at work, but the globe’s animals and a young team of humans will need to work together if they want to have any chance at saving our world!
“As young boys, Mike and I read Dark Horse Comics,” said Blessed. “Now as men with families, we have the opportunity to partner with this iconic publisher that inspired us to build worlds and tell stories. We are honored to carry on the Dark Horse legacy and share images and words that embolden the youth to dream beyond a bleak future. I am not saying that this book will solve climate change but I forsee that Planeta Blu – Rise of Agoo will ignite the mind of someone that will. This remixed and revised version of Planeta Blu – Rise of Agoo is destined to send colorful shockwaves of optimism past challenging times well into the future.”
Planeta Blu Volume 1: Rise of Agoo TPB arrives in bookstores on October 31, 2023 and in comic shops November 1, 2023. It is now available to pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop and indie bookstore.