A few months ago we wrote 7 Black Superhero Titles You Should Read. We are back for another round in our new monthly column. Here are 7 More Black Superhero Titles You Should Read!
If there was one thing the Black Panther movie did was introduce the public to Shuri. Marvel smartly capitalized on her mass appeal and has given her a series of her own. In it, tech genius and heir to the Wakanda throne, Shuri must choose between her own happiness and the good of her nation. Written by Nnedi Okorafor, Shuri is a must read. Go grab issue #1 now.
Who doesn’t love a good princess story? Sleepless has all the making of a truly epic fantasy. Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia and her Sleepless knight Cyrenic try to navigate a kingdom that is no longer safe for her. Writer Sarah Vaughn crafts a wonderful, tense world where at any moment, Poppy could breathe her last. Well, not if Cyrenic has anything to say about it.
Motor Crush Vol 2
I do love some Motor Crush. Volume 2 is even more high octane than the last. Brenden Fletcher creates a gorgeous, neon future, biker kingdom with Domino Swift leading the pack. With the infusion of more supernatural elements and the same fast-paced action, Motor Crush remains a must read.
Abbott by Saladin Ahmed is a supernatural crime thriller featuring a hard-nosed, chain-smoking, black female reporter. This Eldritch crime-noir merges dark occult horror with the racially charged atmosphere of the 1970s. A boss-ass black woman fighting the horrors of Lovecraft. Just buy them all. What is there to think about?
The first Kick-Ass series was a violent exploration of what a regular joe would go through as an untrained vigilante. In this second incarnation, we get to see how hard it is for a trained military veteran. Guess what, it’s still crazy tough. Kick-Ass follows Patience Lee, an Afghanistan veteran returning home to find her life in a bit of disarray. To make ends meet and take care of her kids, she dons the iconic green and yellow jumper and attempts to rob the mob. It’s a story of a mother going to the extreme to provide and protect her family.
This is an oldie but a goodie. Dreaming Eagles by Garth Ennis delves into the world of the first African American fighter pilots in WW2. Teaching your young kids about the Tuskegee Airmen has never been easier than with this comic. Celebrate history with the Dreaming Eagles.
Bitch Planet is a sci-fi women-in-prison exploitation satire. Damn, that’s a mouthful. It follows the space prison Auxiliary Compliance Outpost for women deemed “non-compliant”. The story arcs follow how each prisoner ended up in there and the day to day hell they must endure.
Bonus: The Carnival Prince: When the Robber Calls
This entry is total nepotism on my part, but I don’t care. The Carnival Prince: When the Robber Calls isn’t a comic, but it is a beautiful representation of West Indian folklore. It is also written by your favorite co-host and mine, Dan O’Brien. The audiobook version will be available soon as well as animated versions in the future. So go on and get those when available. Get your family acquainted with the Carnival Prince.