What if Only Black People had Super Powers?

By OckyDub | Posted Oct 2 2016 | 9 Comments  

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Black Mask Studios had a successful campaign raising over $95k earlier this year to help create their new comic Black. From their website Black is described as X-Men meets The Wire. They do on further to state:

“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 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.”

Reviews so far have been positive:

“A young black person gets shot by police. This time, he gets up, discovering that he’s more powerful than he ever could have imagined. In a time when the African-American community’s fraught relationship with the police is making headlines across the world, BLACK is shaping up to be a superhero comic ripped right out of some of modern America’s biggest social issues.”
io9

“BLACK follows Kareem Jenkins, a young black teenager who gets racially profiled and gunned down by police only to discover that he is one of many black people with superpowers.”
Comics Alliance

“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.”
The Washington Post

“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. It is the image of one of the most prevalent and gross generalizations of our times.”
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  1. Jaa
    Jaa | October 3rd, 2016
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    They'd be monitored and locked up, or worse, as a preventive measure. The comic sounds cool.

  2. Jdudre | October 3rd, 2016
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    This is basically the x-men

  3. alton
    alton | October 3rd, 2016
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    I like the concept. I hope this takes off.

  4. ColumbusGuy
    ColumbusGuy | October 9th, 2016
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    This is like that one white comic talking about how white people would not want to time travel to the future. Uh….karma and all….would not want to be around with this…lol

    Actually the whole superhero thing seems pretty cool.

  5. Rah Brown
    Rah Brown | October 13th, 2016
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    This is probably my dream comic

  6. 850famuman
    850famuman | October 22nd, 2016
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    Ill agree its an interesting concept but one kind of already been played out in Milestone comics with Static & Blood Syndicate. I just hope this doesnt end up adding to the “magical negro” syndrome that already grips many people in this world. Some sports fans and other groups of the ignorant see black athletes as possessing superhuman abilities and I dont want that narrative added to honestly.

  7. Discordant | November 5th, 2016
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    I love a good superhero story. I think, if done well, this could be compelling.

  8. Aejae
    Aejae | November 7th, 2016
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    Seems like a nice read. I don’t even read comic books but I’d give this a try.

  9. DreG
    DreG | November 7th, 2016
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    Angel,Jessica Jones,and Luke Cage have helped me realize I particularly enjoy urban-based fantasies.This seems like it might wanna be a more mature version of what Static Shock tried to be sometimes.I can get behind this.




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