February 09, 2016

Promoting "The Lie"

A new Kickstarter campaign is soliciting funds for the comicbook Black -- "In A World That Already Fears And Hates Them -- What If Only Blacks Had Superpowers?"

The "hook": “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.”

From Bleeding Cool (my emphasis):

BLACK follows the story of a young man, Kareem Jenkins, who, having miraculously survived being shot by police, learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Kareem must decide whether it’s safer to keep history’s secret, or if the truth will set him free. Rounding out BLACK’s creative team are DC Comics illustrator Khary Randolph, who will contribute covers and additional artwork, and editor Sarah Litt, formerly of Vertigo and DC Comics.

“With BLACK, we’re looking to tell a great story, but we’re also purposefully challenging the pop culture status quo, which is dominated by a White male aesthetic,” says BLACK co-creator Kwanza Osajyefo. “BLACK tackles the very real and palpable issue of race, which is at the forefront in America and around the world. We are trying to confront the issue of race head-on by creating a world in which only Black people are superheroes — and the BLACK superhero trope isn’t subtly cast under a label of mutant, inhuman, or meta-whatever. It is also both thrilling and liberating to create the superheroes we’ve always wanted to see — and, frankly, be — outside of the entrenched publishing system.”

Race is at the forefront of world cultural and social concern? Really?

The introductory image features the iconic -- yet mistaken -- image of "hands up, don't shoot":

Somehow I doubt that that's the "biggest lie in history" mentioned above.

Posted by Hube at February 9, 2016 04:34 PM | TrackBack

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"In A World That Already Fears And Hates Them -- What If Only Blacks Had Superpowers?"

Black-on-black crime'll give new meaning to X-Men's "Protecting those that fear them" tagline.

Posted by: SpideyTerry at February 10, 2016 07:42 PM

So they'll be able to fly and have X-Ray vision but still be 1-2 standard IQ deviations below whites?

What could go wrong?
MM

Posted by: MM at February 13, 2016 04:39 PM

You know what? Good for them, I mean that sincerely. We're always saying, "make the comics you want" and here they are, doing that. So good on them.

My prediction? If I was a betting man I'd say this will last 2, maybe 3 years because it will get a lot of press, and some readers buying it because they feel they "have to." This sense of it being "important" will also cause the publisher to put up with a loss from it for far longer than if it was any other book.

But eventually it will fail because the writers will be more obsessed with THE MESSAGE than the characters or plot and eventually even the most guilt ridden reader won't have enough motivation to pick it up so the series will fade.

Though I could be wrong. The makers of it might care more about the characters and plot than THE MESSAGE. Such would probably cause strain with some of the press and a few vocal nannies but eventually their attention will fade and the solid core of readers invested will give the book a steady growth.

But I'm not betting on that.

Posted by: Nate Winchester at February 26, 2016 10:10 PM

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