‘In a World That Already Hates and Fears Them – What If Only Black People Had Superpowers.โ€™

BLACK, Vol. 1BLACK, Vol. 1 by Kwanza Osajyefo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸย . 5

I was really intrigued by the overall concept of this book, and was really excited to see it executed but was overall quite disappointed. I loved the artwork, the issue covers in particular with the added red to the seriesโ€™ monochrome colour scheme as they are really powerful pieces individually; my favourite was #4 โ€“ a.k.a. Donald Kong / Donkey Trump.

The plot held a lot of promise but jumped around a lot, and I was really confused as to which teams were on what side and what they wanted (maybe that was intentional?). There were times that needed a lot more dialogue and explanation and other parts that needed much less, and I didnโ€™t feel like any of the characters were really well fleshed out; all we really knew about them were their powers (which were undefined) and other superficial details. Kareem, our protagonist, was the character I felt suffered for this most as his origin / back story was the one I was most curious about. Det. Waters had the most three-dimensional character, but even she didnโ€™t show many layers.

As a book centred on race, racism perception, the content, subject matter, and language in the book could make some uncomfortable (Iโ€™d argue they are the people that should probably read it most) and Iโ€™d tentatively say itโ€™s too violent/adult for younger readers.

I would like to see where the book is going, in the hope that the character development and exploration Iโ€™m looking for actually happens because it really does have great potential, but if itโ€™s not in the next volume, thatโ€™s probably where I stop reading.

I read this book for Februaryโ€™s Geek History Lesson Book Club.

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