Brazilian illustrator recreates The Avengers cover with the orixas
By Eye Candy
February 7, 2017
The Avengers is one of the most popular Marvel franchises to date, combining the forces of 4 or more of the strongest, most daring, and cunning heroes to create an all star team that can conquer any and every evil. As a lifelong fan and follower of this franchise, Brazilian illustrator Hugo Canuto recreated the classic #4 Avengers cover, replacing the Marvel characters with orixas, the deities of candomble. Candomble is a religion brought to Brazil by slaves from Benin and Nigeria practicing Yoruba religions. The comic trades Iron Man for the warrior Oxaguiã, Norse god Thor for the equally strong, hammer-wielding the ruler of justice Xangô; Ant-Man for Ossain the king of the forest; and Captain America for the mighty Ogum. He named the title of his spin-off “The Orixás,” mixing both Portuguese and English on purpose, he says. In November, he started crowdfunding to produce two comic books “Tales of Òrun Àiyé” — which means heaven and earth in Yoruba. Take a look at this amazing artwork and support Hugo on Facebook now!
By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor