Regardless of the deplorable hiring practices of the two biggest companies in comics, Black writers are producing some top notch material. Four new comics available today, and one free one from last week, showcase some of the breadth of talent available.
FIVE WEAPONS #3 (Image Comics)
The only thing more amazing about the sheer volume of awesome things in an average issue of Five Weapons is that Robinson not only writes this masterful exercise in entertainment, he draws everything as well.
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #23 (Dark Horse Comics)
The Genre 19 team of Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien) and Todd Harris (God of War 2, God of War 3, After Earth) conclude their Journeymen story in an anthology alongside some of the industry’s top talents.
MILES AWAY (Antarctic Press)
Enterprise actor Anthony Montgomery write alongside Brandon Easton (Armarauders, Cartoon Network’s Thundercats) to create a new action adventure with the tagline, “In school he feels like an alien, after school he fights them.”
ROBOY #1 (Lion Forge Comics)
Unwilling to rest on his laurels, Easton also penned another youth-friendly title with a 12-year-old discovering there’s more to him than meets the eye, and using his newfound powers to make a way for himself.
DUSU: PATH OF THE ANCIENT #1 (Stranger Comics)
As reviewed here on Komplicated by “sword and soul” expert Balogun Ojetade, this intense fantasy story written by Sebastian A. Jones and Christopher Garner places a human in a tribe of wild elves, all fighting for survival in a harsh landscape populated by axe-wielding Unglishmen, murderous magicians and more. Oh, and it’s free.
One of the biggest reasons given for not hiring Black creators is that they can’t generate sales and can’t generate an audience. There’s enough preview material available for you to make a decision on quality — if you vote with your dollars, situations can change.