Title: BLACK, Vol 1
Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Tim Smith III, Steven Walker, Robin Riggs, Sarah Stern, Dave Sharpe, Sarah Litt, Patricia Daguisan, Derwen Roberson
A Few Starting Notes:
(I received a free digital review copy from the publishers via NetGalley as an opportunity to provide a fair and honest review. This does not affect the content of my review.)
I've been meaning to write this review for quite a long time. But every time I sit down to write it, I feel slightly lost.
Because BLACK is unique, and intense, which makes it very, very, difficult to review.
As a reminder, I'm a white Welsh chick, so there's a limit to my perspective.
This book is Black American #OwnVoices.
Kareem Jenkins, a young black man in America, is gunned down by the police.
There is a gene that creates people with superpowers, and it only occurs in black people.
The Best Bits:
Firstly, the poetic justice of an X-men style plot and set-up consisting of only black superheroes is awesome.
This book has sooooo much awareness when it comes to race relations in America!
And it's shocking in places.
Our colour-scheme here is black and white, shot through, in places, in red.
So much symbolism there!
Social commentary in the colour scheme! I mean, wow!
As this is a graphic novel, I really have to warn you that it does get really GRAPHIC.
- graphic depictions of dead bodies
The Not So Great Bits:
This book is violent and shocking.
Some people may even say that it's gratuitous, though I wouldn't agree with that.
Be careful my nerdlets - please!
A note for my fellow white people:
Be honest with yourselves - are you more upset by the images, or the white guilt that comes with them?
You don't have to say, but please don't lie to yourself - make sure you understand your own reactions truthfully.
The main downside to this book is the lack of character development.
This book is bold.
It's so unique, and packs a powerful punch that has little to do with the superpowers.
It's not a comfortable read, and not everyone is gonna be able to read it, but it's a powerful and heart-felt series.
I highly recommend it.
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What do you think of using superhero stories to make points about the world we live in? Talk to me! 😎💬