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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Reader's Diary #1723- Kwanza Osajyefo (writer), Tim Smith 3 (artist): Black

First off, the concept behind Kwanza Osajyefo's Black is insane and brilliant: only black people have superpowers and this has been covered up for years.

Black owes a great deal to Marvel's X-Men and Inhumans franchises in that many of the superpowers are the same (including a variety of superpowers versus any one particular skill) and some of the more social conscious story lines are similar (basically, whereas humans are afraid of the mutants/inhumans, in Black white people are afraid). But where Black gets its political edge is that black people are already feared, hated, persecuted, and exploited by white society; with a superhero element added in? That raises the stakes a lot and proves to be a goldmine for themes and storytelling.

Especially interesting is the division and variety among the black people in the book, raising questions in real life about appropriate resistance in particular. Actually, diversity in the book is handled amazingly well. There are various body types, transgendered folks, albino folks, men, women, bi-racial people, and more and yet it feels, as it should, natural.

More than just an issue book, it's a damned fine story to boot with action and intrigue galore.

Smith 3's art is fine, a bit generic and would have been better coloured, but Khary Randolph's covers are amazing.

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