The A.V. Club has an exclusive look at Black Mask Studios’ superhero series, Black; described as “X-Men meets The Wire”. The series started as a Kickstarter campaign in 2016, blazing through Black History Month earning $91,973, more than three time its funding goal.
Synopsis of Black:
In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers?
After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man (Kareem Jenkins) learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.
The series is written by Kwanza Osajyefo with designs by Tim Smith 3 and artwork by Jamal Igle. The comic address lynchings, mass incarceration, and involuntary scientific experimentation. Readers can join Kareem on his journey of superpowered self-discovery by picking up the Black collection on Wednesday (Nov. 1)
Reviews for Black
The Washington Post says, “A story like BLACK is still important, and necessary… It may attract one demographic more than others, but it parallels current events – so it is a universal story.”
Comic Book Resources hit the nail on the head, “There is, unfortunately, no better time for a comic book like BLACK to be announced and created than right now, because the visual of the young Black man wearing a hoodie and being confronted by the gun(s) of police officers is burned into our collective conscience.”