Exclusive: See The First Three Pages Of Captain South Africa #3 Ahead Of FanCon Cape Town Comic Con

In another brainwavez.org exclusive, preview the first three pages of the next issue of Bill Masuku's Captain South Africa, in which a new character is introduced and we get to know a little more about the world everyone inhabits.

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 18 April 2019
Category: Feature
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Comics creator Bill Masuku, our friend and occasional contributor, who is a special guest at this year's FanCon Cape Town Comic Con, has offered us an exclusive preview of the first three pages of Captain South Africa #3, which he will be launching at the convention.

Captain South Africa follows the exploits of a female superhero in South Africa who took over the mantle from the previous Captain South Africa, who was a man, after he disappeared. We don't know much about her yet but we learnt a bit more about her character in the second issue, part of which we exclusively previewed last year, in which she assisted the police using non violent methods in confronting a self-described freedom fighter who had occupied a building in Cape Town. The issue received a lot of media coverage for its choice of conflict resolution, which is unusual for a superhero comic, and the storytelling around it.

With that introductory encounter just giving us a taste of what the Captain South Africa series is going to be about, Captain South Africa #3 swings in a different direction to introduce a new character - Major Mzansi, who is so named because that's his social-media handle. (In fact, he has a real world Twitter account, although no tweets had been posted at the time of this article being published.)

In the Captain South Africa world people with super powers are a sub species of humans are known as "heterosapiens" and Bill Masuku's intention with the third issue was to explore "how social media and Internet fame would work in a world with people who have super powers".

Have a quick look at the pages.

Captain South Africa #1 page 1

Captain South Africa #1 page 2

Captain South Africa #1 page 3

Besides another leap in the quality of the art, which is due to the hard work that Masuku has been putting in in the past year to perfect his craft, you'll note some interesting stylistic choices in this new comic, which he says will be A4 in size from this issue (previous issues were A5) to bring it in line with standard South African graphic novel size for a future collected edition.

Most noticeable is the nine-panel grid format, which was a staple of early comics and used broadly to particularly striking effect in seminal graphic novels such as Watchmen, which Masuku acknowledges as a stylistic influence, and Batman: The Killing Joke.

You'll also notice the live stream of social-media comments running in the bottom left of most of the panels as Major Mzansi grows his following on social media and then leaves us with what seems to be a super powered cliffhangar that hopefully will be explored further in the issue. Masuku tells me that the social stream also serves as exposition that "seeds events to come".

The two covers of Captain South Africa #3

A special edition of Captain South Africa #3 will be launched at FanCon Cape Town Comic Con with a cover featuring Captain South Africa. The regular cover will feature Major Mzansi wearing what seems to be a uniform comprising an abundance of sponsored advertising, which gives us another clue as to where Masuku will be taking the story as he explores the themes of fame and social media.

You will find Masuku at stand A11 at FanCon Cape Town Comic Con, where you can buy your copy, and the issue will also be available as a digital download through the Enigma Comix Africa online store.

But wait! There's more!

This weekend he will be in Johannesburg as a special guest at ICON Comics & Games Convention where he will be launching his first novel, Misfortunism, which has been published by Sera Blue.

The cover of Misfortunism

I read a very short section of the book a few months ago, with no context (thanks, Bill!), but was really intrigued because the excerpt messed with reality and I was keen to read more to understand what was going on. The synopsis, which sort of helps, is as follows:

"Misery made into magic is the gift of bending reality to one's wishes; for the low, low price of one's suffering. Welcome to the life of an all new Misfortunism as William, a young student, grapples between what is real and what is his failing mental health incarnate in a university town called Graham."

The launch will be taking place on Sunday, 21 April 2019, from 16:00 to 17:00 in the main panel area and he will be in conversation with Sera Blue's Kelan Gerriety.

Bill Masuku: Official Site, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter

Tags: Comics, FanCon Cape Town Comic Con, South African Comics/#sacomics, Speculative Fiction

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