How does America react when only African Americans have superpowers?
In WHITE, Theodore Mann, whose family exploited empowered blacks for centuries, is now President of the United States. Mann’s administration has exacted controversial measures to deal with the empowered he’s deemed terrorists and is stoking national tensions to win public support for Mann First, a cybernetically-augmented soldier program. The main person standing in the President’s way is X – once known as Kareem Jenkins – who has become a symbol of resistance against the Mann Administration.
Co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, Inkpot-Award winning artist Jamal Igle, and cover artist Khary Randolph reunite for the sequel to their acclaimed graphic novel. We got a few words from Kwanza Osajyefo about the importance of telling this story and how the creators of Milestone inspired him.
The characters that Milestone created didn’t just inspire me, the people who created them, like Dwayne McDuffie, changed my life at a young age. The lack of black access and representation in media go hand-in-hand – we need to see it to know we can be it.
Decades after Milestone, how could I see there was still a dearth of black voices and not create BLACK? Witnessing firsthand the excitement and joy in young black people’s faces to be seen and heard in my books – it’s our responsibility now.
Despite BLACK being nearly three years old, I’m delighted by readers just discovering the book – particularly young black people. Watching their faces light up as they digest the premise makes me remember my first time seeing characters in Milestone Comics.
It reminds me that I don’t just make comics for my on personal fulfillment but to entertain and inspire others the way my predecessors did.