Indie Comic Review: Black Vol 1
“A brilliant social commentary wrapped in an entertaining package.”
In a world that already hates and fears them — what if only Black people had superpowers. After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.
This series put out by Black Mask Studios is about a world where only black people are able to produce super powers. The best way I can describe this unique premise is that it’s like the X-Men where you have a select portion of the population who are mutants, but in this series only the black community has these amazing abilities. As you can imagine, a lot of modern day trials and tribulations that African Americans face have contributed to this story. It puts a spotlight on how a certain group in the community have been unfairly treated in this country, just because of how they look.
After Kareem Jenkins survives being gunned down by police officers for fitting the description of a robber, he finds out he has special abilities and learns about a centuries spanning conspiracy. This leads Kareem to join a secret organization called the Project. Once Kareem finishes his training from the Project, he takes on the name X. It turns out he might be one of the most powerful of his people, which is why the evil businessman Theodore Mann, the leader of the group that has kept his people down for hundreds of years, comes after him.
The art in this is black and white with a lot of grey wash tones. I always like to give people a heads up when it comes to black and white because some people just don’t like it. I think it works pretty well in this story. The only time I feel that color missing is a problem for this book is during some of the action scenes. Especially towards the end where I think the addition of color would really add something to make it pop out and up the drama level.
The storytelling is really well done, too. The story is paced effectively through various types of panel work that makes for a fun reading experience. I definitely recommend checking this title out. Especially if you’re looking for something new and thought provoking to read. And you don’t have to worry about it being preachy either. It’s simply a cool story they’re telling that just so happens to mirror the things occurring in this country today. I think the premise alone makes it worth the read because we all should open our eyes a little more to what’s going on in the world.
I give Black Vol. 1…
4 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots
Writer: Kwanza Osajyefo
Co-creator/designer: Tim Smith 3
Artist: Jamal Igle
Covers: Khary Randolph