Must Read Comic You Might Have Missed of 2016 – Black (Black Mask Studio)
What if only black people had superpowers in a world that fears and hates them? Sound familiar, if so then you already have all the information needed to understand Black Mask Studio’s Black. The Kickstarter funded project is written by Kwanza Osajyefo and penciled by veteran comic artist Jamal Igle.
Igle is very fluent in the language of comic books; he understands how important it is to differentiate the characters through appearance and body language. This is extremely important in a book like that is not full color. Kwanza Osajyefo may be a novice comic book writer, but he is very good a creating on and off ramps with each issue. Black is a very topical comic and a solid read; the title provides an outlet for individuals trying to make sense of the racial violence that plagues the United States.
Honorable Mentions – Doom Patrol & Shade The Changing Girl (DC’s Young Animal Imprint)
DC Comics launched its newest imprint, Young Animal, shepherded by Gerard Way in September. Way is a former DC intern and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance; he also writes Doom Patrol and Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye. Young Animal publishes rebranded versions science fiction and superhero properties with a mature slant. During the 1990s, DC’s Vertigo imprint filled this void. Variations on two of Young Animal’s offerings (Doom Patrol and Shade The Changing Girl) were also published through Vertigo. Both titles are utilizing plot threads from their ‘90s incarnations. Doom Patrol (written by Way with art by Nick Derington and Tamara Bonvillain) is currently focusing on putting the ‘team back together’ and interdimensional threats.
Shade The Changing Girl (written by Jody Houser with art by Marlene Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick) is a mixture of Freaky Friday and Heathers starring an alien life form. One of the things that helps Young Animal stand out are their production values.
Doom Patrol and Shade are very attractive looking comics; the images are very colorful and pop off the page.