This Black History Month, a new superheroine lands in both the film and comic book worlds with the release of Rayven Choi.
Written by, Shequeta L. Smith, Rayven Choi tells the story of an African-American girl who is orphaned and sent to Seoul, Korea in order to preserve her safety. For 20 years, Rayven has had to deal with the nightmares of the hit-man who murdered her parents right in front of her and constant fear for her own life. Finally, ready to face her fears, she returns to America fully intent on executing revenge on the hit-man who robbed her of her family and a happy childhood.
Smith is a seasoned filmmaker who beat more than 5,000 entrants to become the only individual female director to reach the Top 20 in HBO’s Project Greenlight. After that, she turned her focus to adapting her award-winning screenplay, Rayven Choi, into a six-part graphic novel series. In an effort to capitalize on the current marriage between the film and comic book worlds, Smith smartly shot an accompanying 14-minute short film to further introduce the graphic novel.
The comics feature art by Dennis Saptura, coloring by Slamet Mujiono, and lettered by Taylor Esposito.
In the release Smith said:
I’ve always thought of Rayven Choi as being historic in bringing together the Korean and African-American cultures, so it’s pretty exciting to be releasing the film and book to the world at the end of the Korean New Year and the beginning of Black History Month.
Rayven Choi Vol. 1: Koreamerican is out now on comiXology for $2.99. Simultaneously, Rayven Choi, the 14-minute short film, is scheduled to make its debut on Vimeo on Demand for just $0.99.
Rayven Choi Vol. 1 & 2 is also available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and iTunes/iBook. Physical copies are available at select locations and directly from Shero Comics at sherocomics.com.