As they say, if you don't like what you see or don't see your story being told, tell it yourself. That's what Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, and Khary Randolph did with their creator-owned comic, BLACK, which follows Kareem Jenkins, a black teen who is profiled and heinously murdered by police and wakes up unharmed. Secrets are revealed, more super-powered blacks are discovered, and Kareem is faced with the dilemma of how best to use his newfound powers.
BLACK explores a basic premise asking, what if only blacks suddenly got super powers? The inspiration for BLACK comes from Osajyefo seeing a lack of minority characters in mainstream comics, as well as looking at systemic racism and oppression in an X-Men-meets-The Wire type of story. BLACK started as a Kickstarter in early 2016 and was later picked up by Black Mask Studios.
Osajyefo swung by the SYFY WIRE interview studio at New York Comic Con 2017 to talk about how all the creators have been surprised by the reaction the comic is getting, the inspirations, Randolph's powerful and provocative covers, and most importantly, for fans of the book, what comes next at the comic end with BLACK AF: America's Sweetheart, as well as the film end, as it was announced back in August that Studio 8 (with Sony Pictures distributing) has optioned the first six issues of BLACK for a feature film.
Check out the interview and let us know if you're already woke on BLACK -- and if not, if your interest has been piqued.
Additional reporting by Ernie Estrella.