a mayke™ graphic novel

this is the story of John Henry you've been waiting for

With the mighty swing of his hammer, John Henry won his race against a steam drill, proving the human spirit true and undefeated. Sadly, it cost him his life, and that’s where his story ends. Until now. Rise with this American folktale giant in his big graphic novel return inside an all-new superhero universe.

About John Henry

John Henry changed the story of his people

From three-fifths human to human, John Henry proved his people could become superhuman when the world ignored their humanity. Witness the rise of a legend and his untold fall as he finds the strength to drive the world forward one more time.

John Henry became a legendary tall tale icon

Tall tales are the original superheroes. They are the stories that built American mythology. They feature larger-than-life heroes who were a mix of real and fictional people and continue to teach us relevant life lessons. John Henry and a few of his friends will show you why they’re American legends inside Invictus.

now, john henry creates a new legacy inside this graphic novel story

Graphic novels are longer comic books that contain complete stories. John Henry: Invictus is a blend of Western, American comics and Eastern, Japanese manga to tell this story. It reads like a Western comic, but has the beautiful, striking visuals and fast-paced action of a manga with a few more surprises.
Closed captioning coming soon

THE Story

Once upon a time, the age of wonder, possibility, and magic existed. Then—it vanished.

Humanity’s gift and natural evolution were gone. Now, magic makes a mysterious, chaotic uprising when an African trickster god throws the world into an era that will need superheroes when none exists. With humanity’s twisting evolution on the horizon, a broken John Henry must draw his abandoned hammer with a striking realization: his story isn’t over and it’s about to get much bigger.

Go Inside an immersive new superhero universe

This is where superheroes meet fantasy, anime, and video games. Step into an all-new comic book universe made for stories like John Henry: Invictus. Enter a world that connects you to many cultures, communities, and people from across the world with high-flying action, adventure, and stories.

where superpowers & mysticism collide

Invictus continues the story of John Henry, but with a few…upgrades. Superpowers have been reimagined and redefined by our unique magic system called the Spheres of Magic. See John Henry transform into a titan of might and metal as he commands the sphere that started the universe.

the team behind the book

we think there's more of john henry's story to tell, too.

Most of John Henry’s stories end at the same road—death. So we took our time and made a choice to continue where other stories left off. John Henry: Invictus is a love letter that honors John Henry’s legacy in a modern way.

Got questions?
We got answers.

Written by Founder of Mayke, Ed Williams
Illustrated by new manga artist, Volideen
Colored by Tim Wasney
Edited by Joseph P. Illidge
Story Integrity by Spencer Bollettieri and Brent Lyles 

An African trickster god from the Ashanti people. He’s said to be the keeper of wisdom and stories—and can spin one hell of a web.

These characters are bigger than comics and someday we’ll be able to share them in multiple forms of media.

Here's what a few people are saying

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John Henry: Invictus doesn’t release until 2021, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to make you wait to read it. Jump into the first several pages of Invictus—FREE.
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