The collected edition of Black, is out this week, and it remains, as it was when it first hit Kickstarter, a torn from the headlines story with a provocative premise: “In a world that already hates and fears them—what if only black people had superpowers?” Writer Kwanza Osajyefo, designer Tim Smith 3 and artist Jamal Igle (aided by Robin Riggs and Derwin Roberson) have created a fast paced story that confronts police violence, medical experimentation, mass incaarceration and old-fashioned superheroic adventures.
To mark the collected edition’s debut from Black Mask, The AV Club has run the complete first issue, in which we meet teen Kareem Jenkins from Bed Stuy, who survives a police shooting to find he has powers of invulnerability. There’s a secret organization devoted to fnding and proecting Quarks as they aare known – pickng up the subtext of the X-men in a direct way – and those who want to stop them.
The AV Club calls Black “daring and exhilirating” so find out what all the talk is about.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.