Daily Archives: April 30, 2011

Brother Power, No Geek

Black Dynamite: Slave Island
Writer: Brian Ash
Artist/Cover artist: Jun Lofamia
Colors: J.M. Ringuet
Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Price: $5.95 US

I haven’t had a chance to see the Black Dynamite movie, but I’m quite interested in the Michael Jai White-starring vehicle; its satire of blaxploitation films of the 1970s looks like a lot of fun. One needn’t have seen the flick to appreciate and enjoy this comic book, which makes me want to see the movie even more. Like what the movie promises, this comic satirizes movies such as Shaft to great effect, but it also celebrates those films. With the title character’s exaggerated machismo, unparalleled skills in martial and carnal arts, and singular vision of black empowerment, Black Dynamite spotlights the ugliness of racism by mocking it relentlessly. This comic book also pays homage to comics storytelling of the 1970s, from the pencilling style, colors and even the lettering. And as Dynamite’s Luke Cage-like garb on the cover demonstrates, comics in the 1970s weren’t without their own spin on the blaxploitation genre.

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