The Blackest Terror is a pioneer in what sociologists have dubbed ‘the super hero subculture,’ a collection of racial and social minorities who feel underserved by the mainstream legal system and have decided to take matters into their own costumed hands. How will the world react to these benevolent outlaws? Will they become celebrated symbols of humankind’s capacity for good or hated catalysts of a bloody revolution?
From writer Eric M. Esquivel and artist Ander Sarabia, this is story of how Doctor Bob Benton become a revolutionary masked vigilante. The doctor was running a free clinic when one night a three White males were caught beating up on old Black man, so they doctor came out and proceeded to dispatch them with brutal efficiency. He then adopts the persona of the Blackest Terror (based on the old public domain superhero) and proceeds to brandish his version of justice on the streets. Naturally, this brings him into conflict with the local authorities, and most of this issue takes place in a TV studio, where Blackest Terror is giving an interview. So, notwithstanding the earlier sequence against the three punks, there isn’t much action in this comic. And that’s what I feel is the main drawback of the story. Too heavy on dialog. I would have liked to see more of Blackest Terror kicking ass, like on the cover. THREE STARS
Real Gods don’t get nailed to crosses, they bludgeon their enemies to death with giant hammers. Featuring a guest appearance by Blackest Terror! The second installation of Esquivel and Sarabia’s thought provoking and hilarious Modern Myths series.
I included this issue in this post, because it reads almost like a direct follow up to the Blackest Terror issue, although I don’t think you have to have read that issue in order to enjoy this one. Esquivel and Sarabia team up again to tell a story of Thor. But don’t expect the Thor that you see in Marvel Comics and movie, THIS Thor likes to get High and party. Because of this, his father Odin kicks him down to Earth, where Thor soon runs into the Blackest Terror, who is armed with armor-piercing bullets and hand grenades, ready to take down this mad God. But instead of fighting, they go get a bite to eat, while discussing religion. The funniest part is where Blackest Terror tells Thor the story of Jesus, which Thor finds absurd. They are also joined by another Black vigilante called Street Ghost, but we don’t get much info on him. But Thor enjoys their company so much that when Odin comes to take him back to Asgard, Thor decided that he’d rather stay on Earth, to hang out with his new friends. Could this be the beginning of a new “Avengers”-type of super team? Possibly. I’d be interested in reading that, if it happened. This issue gets FOUR STARS.
Both issues are in black and white, but that actually seems to work better for the subject matter. Sarabia’s art is so good, that I don’t miss color at all. Both issues can be purchased in print directly from the Moonstone Books website HERE and HERE, while Blackest Terror #1 is also available digitally from Comixology and Comicsplus
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