Black 1


Today, Patrick and Drew are discussing Black 1, originally released October 5th, 2016. As always, this article contains SPOILERS.

Patrick: Representation is a remarkable thing. From my position as a privileged white dude, it can often appear to be one of the more superficial qualities of a work of art. I’m so used to seeing my race and gender portrayed in fiction that diversity is a welcome garnish, rather than the main course. I like to see different races, genders and sexualities represented in my movies, TV shows, comics and games, but that’s not the sole reason I seek them out, or even one of the primary reasons. But again, I never need to look too hard (like… at all) to find myself on the screen or on the page. Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3 and Jamal Igle’s Black 1 makes a case for representation as a reason for existence, mapping the specifics of modern Black American culture onto an otherwise unremarkable superhero origin story. But those specifics make a world of difference, and the blackness of Black ultimately convinces both the reader and the protagonist that this is a story that needs to be told. Continue reading