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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 incarceration 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 finding and protecting Quarks as they are known – picking 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 exhilarating” so find out what all the talk is about.

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