COMIC REVIEW: Black #4

Out today is Black #4 from Black Mask Studios, written by Kwanza Osajyefo with designs by Tim Smith 3 (Deadpool: Too Soon?). Illustrated by Jamal Igle (Firestorm) plus a slew others contributing to the art. Publisher Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists) keeps Black Mask right on track with another series that taps into current social issues.

Our story continue’s, with Kareem on the run from Juncture and his team. He is now investigating The Project, hoping to find the answers to his questions in a world where only black people have superpowers.

Kareem is using his still unknown powers, to instantly travel to and search each base across the country that The Project is operating out of. Juncture watching in disbelief on the monitors, tries to track Kareem but is foiled with another one of Kareem’s powers. Meanwhile, officer Waters is on a stakeout at a local bodega waiting for something to happen. Kareem runs into two people from Juncture’s, Bass and Hood Rat. During the tussle, Kareem narrowly escapes by falling through the floor and ends up finding some sort of prison. Kareem attempts to release his friend Cole, but is interrupted by Juncture and the rest of The Project. In a fit of rage, Kareem smash’s the control’s and releases all the prisoner’s. A huge fight ensue’s and most of the prisoner’s are either killed or recaptured, while Kareem and a small group including Cole escape’s into the city. It’s out of the frying pan, as they run into the secretly Mann Inc. funded U.S. government super squad. Caught in the crossfire of the fight, officer Waters is knocked out, and wakes up later in the hospital surrounded by Juncture and his team.

I’ve been enjoying this comic, it definitely takes the normal superhero stereotype and flips it on it’s head. Osajyefo’s writing style is organic feeling, the dialogue not only makes each character feel real. But also each characters dialect is different, making them more individual and even connected to a certain location. The art reflects the subject matter with no color only black and white, with incredibly detailed shading with many variable tones. I can’t wait to see how the story ends and if Kareem will uncover the whole truth.

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