Thursday 4 June 2020

Comics Wrap-Up - Can't Erase the Scars With A Bandage

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It's Thursday. 2020 is still 2020. Let's get some superhero-y goodness!

Graphic Novels

I figured, given the ongoing prejudice and injustice against Black people, that now would be a good time to highlight a couple of graphic novels by Black comics creators.

I really haven't read as many comics and graphic novels by Black creators as I would like - so please rec any you enjoy!

I know it's not much - but small actions add up.

The powerful graphic novel BLACK, Volume 1, written by Kwanza Osajyefo, and completed by a talented art team, takes the well-worn X-men Civil Rights allegory and runs with it.

BLACK Vol 1 book cover, with a young Black man wearing a red hoodie holding his hands up while White hands point guns at him

What we end up with is a powerful, often disturbing, story of police brutality and Black people with superpowers.

If you want something lighter and a lot of fun, then try Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess.

Malice In Ovenland book cover with Lily, a young black girl, holding up a flaming torch in a dark cave

This is a spin on Alice in Wonderland, where Black girl Lily Brown finds herself swept into a fantasy land... in her oven... 

This one's suitable for kids, and is just so fun!

If main-stream superhero comics are more your thing, then try Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet book cover with The Black Panther standing in front of a cityscape

This one requires at least a basic understanding of Black Panther comics lore - and even then you might get a little muddled if you're someone who has to know exactly what's going on at all times - but is still super-awesome!

Other Stuff

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Do you have any recommendations for comics or graphic novels by Black creators?
Have you read any of the graphic novels I mentioned?
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'Can't erase the scars with a bandage' is from I'm Not Racist by Joyner Lucas


  1. Thank you for sharing some comics from Black creators! Their work is super important, and I definitely agree that I too need to expand my reading to include more black authors. Specifically more queer black authors!

    1. Their work is def. important and Black creators are too under-represented in the comics industry, so I'm trying to incorporate more graphic novels from Black creators into my reading. I've recently added a few Queer Black authors' books to my TBR - def. voices which should be heard!


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