Shortboxed Review: No’Madd: City of Empty Towers

Join No’Madd as he embarks on a journey to save the himself and probably more importantly, the world, from slave alien beings and their overlord. The adventure takes place on a planet where the inhabitants wield axes and swords, fight ant-like creatures called Gnats, fly airships, pilot sea vessels, battle autonomous laser-firing robots and God-like super beings! As you can tell, author Andrew Kafoury packs a lot of content into his first series. And rightly so, as several characters are introduced in what the author promises to be the beginning of several graphic novels. Although this first series focuses on No’Madd, each character can potentially have their own back story and adventure.


This is Andrew Kafoury’s first foray into the graphic novel business. Two years in the making, No’Madd: City of Empty Towers is, as he says, “Odyssey meets Star Wars”. It’s a pretty accurate description considering the beginning of the story is very reminiscent of Odysseus’ journey and the story’s tone is more akin to an epic poem than anything else. However, it recalls Star Wars when No’Madd battles humanoid ant-like creatures called Gnats that are native to the planet, tumbles with robots and other aliens while flying spacecraft and using other imaginative sci-fi tech.

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I feel this is a good start for Andrew Kafoury’s universe, and am looking forward to the next volume.

Where to get it

The book is available at Andrew Kafoury’s website which also lists several physical locations in Portland, Oregon, the author’s home.

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