Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and Graphic India CEO Sharad Devarajan signed a publishing deal for three graphic novels, set to be released later this year in Europe. Ahead of that, Ronaldo released a special-edition comic book based on his new series Striker Force 7.
The comic (pictured), which follows a fictionalized Cristiano as he teaches a group of superheroes how to work as a team, is based on an animated series currently in production. The story was created by Ronaldo and Devarajan, both of whom also serve as executive producers on the animated series.
Written by Merrill Hagan and illustrated by Jeevan J. Kang, the special-edition comic book was released as part of Free Comic Book Day on May 4.
Ronaldo isn’t the only sports star focusing on family content. WWE vet John Cena is working with Nickelodeon on several kid-friendly projects, including hosting duties for the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, voice work on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and executive producing the competition series Keep It Spotless. Additionally, Kobe Bryant’s original content company Granity Studios announced a family-focused slate of projects across publishing, television, feature films and live theater.