Monday, April 24, 2017

Black #5

   Mutants (and superpowers in general) have long been a story element that has been used to tell stories about everything from the horrors of racism to young people just trying to fit in.

   The comic series Black takes that idea and amps it up to a degree I've never seen before.

   In this universe, superpowers are part of the world - but the only ones with powers are those with an African heritage.

   That long-held secret has only exacerbated the already-existing racism, as those with powers are monitored and incarcerated in secret, high tech jail cells.

   But one of the men being jailed may be a game-changer, as he uncovers even more despicable forces at work - and meets a valuable ally.

   The story by Kwanza Osajyefo is terrific - powerful and adult, a solid mix of science fiction, superhero and social commentary.

   The art is by Tim Smith 3 and Jamal Igle is outstanding, with great character designs, emotional moments, unique layouts and strong storytelling throughout.

   This series is a hidden gem. It's not for young readers - the language and violence is harsh - but it's an original take on a powerful topic. Highly recommended!

Grade: A


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