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(BLACK #1-6)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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. Collects issues 1-6.
208 pages
Published 2017 by Black Mask Studios (first published 2016)
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Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great idea, poor execution. It's a fantastic concept, "What if black people developed superpowers?". But the story is a convoluted mess with a cast of over a hundred super powered individuals in 6 issues. The characters become nothing more than a power set. The story would have worked better if it had started on the ground floor with people just now starting to develop powers. Instead Kareem is immediately dropped into multiple bases with hundreds of super powered individuals and grand conspirac ...more
Rod Brown
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a wasted opportunity. The high-level concept is amazing, and for the first few pages I was expecting something revolutionary, but then the whole thing just turned into an incoherent mess imitating the worst comic book excesses of the 90's: characters with code names but no character, vast conspiracies that come down to a couple guys lurking in their gigantic secret underground lairs with dozens of henchmen, speech balloons filled with dialogue that no one could say out loud without bursting ...more
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This is a really great concept and there were some really great moments in here and also a lot of specific nods to current events with certain plot points and phrases. It has the potential to be a really great series but I felt like this volume was just too convoluted to be entirely enjoyable. There were way too many characters and only maybe five or six of them got any kind of characterization beyond a pithy name
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I supported the Kickstarter for this because the premise and the preview art were great and I because I like to put my money where my mouth is and support more diversity in comics. Unfortunately, despite a strong first issue, the rest of this collection quickly becomes a mess emulating some of the worst excesses of Big Two comics, by introducing way too many characters and convoluted conspiracies, and a kind of too hamfisted attempt to depict diversity within the black community regarding how to ...more
Monique V
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! From the art to the content this was a hit for me! IT is such and important graphic novel do to it's content. This deals with issues of race inequality and white supremacy. What I do wish is for more development. More background story maybe an origin story. But u still think it's an important read
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Black has a real 5 star idea at it's core: what if only black people had super powers? The execution doesn't quite match that idea, but it's still a fun read. The black and white art gives it distinctive feel and is thematically appropriate. However, the plot gets fairly confusing and it's exacerbated by an incredible long cast of characters, many of whom aren't much more than a clever name and a power set.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This meaningful graphic novel sheds light on historical and current challenges black individuals confront, by exploring differing approaches to challenging white supremacy!
Apr 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-with-pix
Do y'all know I work at Kickstarter now? It's cool as hell, like hard-to-believe-this-is-real cool. Anyway, today is the company's 10th birthday, and there's an amazing rundown of the tremendous impact it's had on the creative universe over the last decade. Scroll down for the story of this book, which I am fully embarrassed not to've read yet.
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
LOVED IT! I immediately wanted to see if it was optioned for a film or tv series, and it has been optioned to make into a film. This was so great. I hope the studio does it justice. I love that it's done in black and white and I loved the message.

The story is that three teens are walking home are stopped by cops looking for three black men who robbed a restaurant. The problem is the description could be anyone, but the police immediately pull guns on them. One of teens is so scared he starts to
Jim Thompson
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
As far as graphic novels go, this is a good one.

Premise is simple: black people have superpowers. Not all black people. Only a small percentage. But anyone who does have superpowers is black. It's a black only thing.

And it's a secret.

And it's behind many of the atrocities blacks have experienced at the hands of colonialists and slave owners and the like for all these years.

It's sort of an X-Men-ish premise. Small group of marginalized individuals with awesome powers who can't be out in the open
Roman Colombo
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was incredible. From the premise to the artwork and writing, and even the printing. I really hope there is more to come.
Manon the Malicious
*3.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had lots of fun reading this but as much as the primal concept of it intrigued me, the realisation of it was a bit disappointing… The side characters were very hard to remember and the whole story felt kind of blurry to me, in the sense that it lacked some structure…
However, I am looking forward to reading the next installments in the hope it will be more structured because it has, in my opinion, a LOT of potential
Nia Ireland
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This comic blew my mind.

Think X-men but set in the world as we know it, especially the nastier parts of this world like entrenched racism. Only in the world this comic describes, 0.5% of black people have superpowers.

This story explores the different reactions to that and has a lot of anger and hope in it, which is why I enjoyed it so much. Emotion is the one thing that this series doesn't lack.

The main character is a black teenager who has just discovered his powers and has a very uncertai
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like the concept of this book and the cover-art is very powerful. The artwork is solid, but I had hoped that there would be a bit more color used in the artwork in the novel itself, but everything is just black and white. The story is the same with all the black people against all the white people, so I guess the artwork fits it well.

The story is action-packed to the rim but I also had a couple of problems with it. The novel is very polarizing and does nothing to show that race shouldn't matte
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The art was fantastic but the plot was messy and lacked character development.

I’m not a particular fan of superhero comics but I definitely support indie projects and this really jumped out at me on Kickstarter. In the end it was a little disappointing, again because of story and character development. I gave it 3.5 and rounded to 4.

The last page alludes to a Book 2 which I will support in the hope that the writing matches the stellar art.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Loved the concept, execution was a little messy. Would have enjoyed getting to know some of the other characters more deeply.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-protag
2.5 stars rounded up to 3 stars for Goodreads

Although I love the premise of this comic: black people are the only people with super powers, and I love the way it starts: our main protagonist (Kareem) is wrongfully killed by law enforcement for fitting the loose description of thieves that had just robbed a store (seriously? Black wearing basketball shorts??? That's the only description the cops could give??? FUCKING HELL! Thank the heavens for Ellen!) and then reawakens on his way to the morgue,
6/52 books read in 2018.
Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
5 stars for the art + 4,5 stars for the concept + 3 for character depth = 4,16 stars

This is a beautifully illustrated comic about an alternative version of our world in which all people with super powers are black. Situated in the United States, all other systematic disadvantages for black people are still at play, but now there is another layer. The gifted are struggling between finding justice and keeping their peop
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Really closer to 4 stars but the pacing feels off. The story and world could really use a bit more breathing room.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what happened. I'm confused. This was disappointing.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
A great premise that kind of crumbled quickly. The covers of all six issues were phenomenal though.
Warnings: racism, police brutality, violence, murder

Awesome idea - what if only black people had superpowers? Now, if you have heard of Luke Cage or seen the Netflix series (which specifically was driving the BLM movement message home in it's trailer with a guy able to withstand bullets), you would agree that this is an interesting premise to build on. Also, a story centering the experience of black people in a society that hates their existence is a conversation we need to keep having. However,
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
DNF. I tried - the first issue was a breeze, easy to read, nice black and white artwork (oh, the irony) that is easy on the eye... But then it all goes tits up. Every issue felt like I was only getting half the pages, with so many jumps and so much unexplained in-world terminology (the slip, and more). Plus it's written in "black" (for want of a better word), so it's impossible to even parse some of it and understand what the heck is going on. But the chief problem is that this book is a racist ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this book through kickstarter and was fascinated. The premise is great (what if only black people had superpowers?), and when the paperback arrived it looked fantastic.

I felt kind of ho-hum about the other two graphic novels I read during the readathon, but this one I really liked. At first I thought it was going to fall into some similar traps, as a lot of different characters and factions and suspect motivations are introduced in this slim volume, and at times it verged on overwhe
Kaitlyn Bray
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
One dimensional characters, painful stereotypes, overall a pain to read. Still, the art is good, so at least it's nice eye candy. Overall, however, I would say do not support this. The kickstarter backers haven't received their rewards, they're being ignored by the creator. Just check the community posts. Even superbackers were left in the dust.
Ruwan J.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"There are still some people out there who believe comic books are nothing more than, well, comic books. But the true cognoscenti know graphic novels are - at their best - an amazing blend of art literature and the theater of the mind." --John Ridley

Black Vol. reminds us that any story that succeeds more often than not invites us to re-read said work for not missed details or bluntly sharp dissection, but because we as readers enjoy reading. more specifically, we enjoy stories that wide
'Black' takes place in a world where only Black people have superpowers. Not all, only about 0.5% of them. Nevertheless, it explains why Black people have been subjected to things such as slavery and experimentation in the United States, and why anti-Blackness is such a thing across the world.

Kareem is your typical teen walking home with his friends, oblivious to the fact that the police are in pursuit of them for matching a half-assed description of robbery suspects (Black men in basketball sho
’In a world that already hates and fears them - what if only Black people had superpowers.’

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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 series’ monochrome colour scheme as they are really powerful pieces individually; my favourite was #4 – a.k.a. Donald Kong / Donkey Trump.

The plot held a lot of promise but jumped around a
Nikki Lajoy (Kolored Rayn Reads)
Black the graphic novel was really good I really enjoyed the concept and ideas of the story. I read this during blackathon for black history month. It told some many truths that are important of today when it comes to the black community. The idea that black people have superpowers and "the man" is trying to bring us down is so real and relevant of today. 

In a strong way black people do have superpowers because for hundreds of years we were told we werent good enough, we are ugly, we wont be wor
I was an early supporter of this project via Kickstarter at the end of 2015 but had been choosing to not read the slowly-released single chapters until the whole thing was done and in my hands (as I do with most comics). It arrived more than a year after it was initially promised, but I get how these things can encounter many hitches in the process.

Unlike many other indie comic projects I've received after backing their crowd-funding, I had to open this one and start reading it the night it arri
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