Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale

Amistad: HarperCollins. Jan. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780062964083. $27.99. fantasy
In ancient times, a ferocious African warlord named Aja Oba betrays his concubine, who avenges herself by cursing him with eternal life. Following the death of his family and his kingdom’s downfall, Oba joins Carthage in their battle against the Roman empire. Centuries later, he’s captured by slavers and delivered to the New World. After enduring years of racism and inequality, as well as watching one lover after the next grow old and die, Oba devotes himself to violence, fighting in the Civil War, both world wars, and Vietnam. More centuries pass, and Oba reinvents himself as the head of a massive tech empire, which eventually leads him to establish a colony on a distant planet where he hopes to spend the rest of his endless life in peace. Unfortunately, an intergalactic war between Earth and an alien race forces Oba to endure several hundreds of years of planet-shattering combat. Postwar, renowned as a Godlike hero, Oba transcends his need for a physical form—although his journey ultimately continues until the end of the universe.
VERDICT Fielder’s (The Day Chronicles: The Secret Life of Mary Day) boldly painted illustrations exhibit raw power on every page of this staggeringly ambitious epic.
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