(CNN)"I wasn't born a hero. I had to become one."
The year is 2025, the prosperous Lagoon City has been overrun by alarming skeletal drones and corrupt politicians. It bares little resemblance to the hometown Wale Williams left five years before. But the young Nigerian has bigger problems -- his estranged but brilliant inventor father has disappeared. His pursuit of a parent will lead him to a nanosuit his father built, which provides him with superhuman abilities and a destiny to protect the city he loves.
"E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams" is the fast-paced, afro-futuristic graphic novel from Roye Okupe. A software and web developer by day and graphic designer by night, the passionate Nigerian has spent the last several years trying to bring his dream of a homegrown hero to life.
Okupe was born and raised in Nigeria but relocated to Washington D.C. at age 17 to study computer science at George Washington College. It was in the United States -- the home of Marvel and DC Comics -- that the young creative's passion for cartoons and animations really developed.
"I grew up on the popular (comics) back home, like Superman, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and I just fell in love with the concept of a superhero," Okupe tells CNN. "I've always been drawn to them and I think the main reason is that there is so much negativity in our world."
A homegrown hero is born
When Okupe finished college, he decided it was time to insert more diversity into the superhero