by A J Harper
As I look back on 2012, I have to note the daring directions the industry took. New 52 at DC, the introduction of a Muslim Green Lantern and Before Watchmen. Over at Marvel Avengers vs. X-Men The first Gay wedding in comics and Marvel Now.
Even independents like Image shook up the industry with the success of Kirkman’s Walking Dead 100 and Saga. Of the many events, the one that held my attention was explosion of Black Females characters in Comics 2012
African, African American, and bi-racial woman took center stage in 2012
Sisters, princess, prince less mutants, vampires, goddesses and real Goddesses were on the shelves every month online and even promoted on Kickstarter their stories were as varied as their publishers
Maybe a subconscious collective but Black woman they were featured prominently across the genre.
Same Characters Stronger Roles
Although many new character were introduced, to be fair many of the sisters of 2012 have been in featured in comic for many years but unlike the past Storm (whose a household name) Misty Knight, Tesla Strong or the great Miranda Mercury (order her adventures here.) were not peppered in a sea of otherness, inclusiveness seemed the order of business Bad, bold, smart, and beautiful like the grand and great-grandchildren of Pam Grier fronting Afros dreads kick ass attitudes and the assets to back it up Sistahs left quite the impression in a number of genres, Science Fiction, Super Heroes, Fantasy, Horror, Alternative comics and Television
Part 1 Science Fiction
Mary – the second-in-command
Brian Wood’s The Massive
The Massive is thrilling science fiction, offering a nuanced and scarily portentous depiction of the future. It also delivers an important conservationist message that’s never cloying and only emerges to provide a gripping, thought-provoking setting. It’s been a great year for exuberant, cerebral science fiction. Get ready for The Massive to blow the lesser stuff right out of the water. click for full review
“The Elgort” Mystery in Space
The Elgort Nnedi Okorafor, a well-regarded and award-winning print writer. It’s also illustrated by the legendary Michael Wm. Kaluta who apparently has a knack for working with very talented science writers who happen to be women. I think the story involves a space anthropoligist who oversees an alien world. It’s not certain whether this is another planet or Earth with a lot of genetically engineered plants and animals. It does feature beautiful good looking African American characters read full review
J.T. Krul Mindfield
In the hopes of developing the ultimate wiretapping system in the War on Terror, the CIA has reached into their own history for the answers. Reviving the failed MK-ULTRA program from the 1950’s, the CIA implements experimentation with hallucinogenic substances in order to create a squad of “enlightened” agents with acute telepathic abilities. Connor, Erika, Isaac, and Kaseem represent this new breed of government agent: able to read any situation— as well as any mind! While this new Agency team struggles with their psychic conditions and the fallout from possessing such power, a new threat emerges, determined to bring the United States crashing down in flames— all in the name of revolution. read the whole article
Shadoweyes /Scout Montana
In the city of Dranac in the year 200X, aspiring vigilante Scout Montana is knocked unconscious by a brick in her first crimefighting attempt. Upon recovering, she gains the ability to transform into a superhuman blue creature, which she quickly takes advantage of and becomes the antihero Shadoweyes. Forced out of society, yet still bound to it, she takes to the streets to kick the crap out of jerks, to help those in need, and to stand against Dranac itself. But Scout finds things aren’t going to be easy even when you’re a superhero.
Shadoweyes is one of the best online comics available and its free. Artist, writer Ross Campbell takes no shorts, the story is well paced and delivered every Monday check it out at shadoweyes.net you can order the book right here
In the year 2162, a madman named Kazushi Nikken creates giant hybrids of humans and animals—elephants, rhinos, camels, giraffes—and brainwashes them into an army of fearless killers. But the United Nations liberates the elephantmen (they’re all given that pejorative e-word, no matter their species) and integrates them into society. That’s the setting for plenty of metaphor about racism, xenophobia and globalism; against this backdrop we meet hippo Hip Flask, who works for a government agency and is trying to recover a certain African idol. But Obadiah Horn, the world’s most successful and high-profile elephantman, wants it too. Click here for more
A J Harper is the author of the Tales of Urban Horror series. His latest is Smoke & Demons,
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