Steven Barnes is one of those writers whose world-building skills makes you believe anything. His books has been part of my cognitive edification, including understanding metaphor and character development. His stories truly transport you to other worlds and makes you fall in love with the protagonists within them. The books where I first got to know him was The Lion’s Blood series.
The premise of the series was if Africa rose to prominence and Europe is a failed continent. It revolved around two characters, both of the same age, but one Black and one, white. The series itself was a godsend, as it showed just how inhuman, systemic racism truly is. In the debut issue of Black Cotton, we’re transported to a world where the social order is reversed as in Lion’s Blood, giving way to a bold new perspective.
We’re taken to Virginia, where one sullen night, a lone Black cop, Zion Cotton, stops a White woman in a hoodie, and before wither could comprehend the next few minutes, the young lies in a pool of her own blood. We soon find out that the cop is part of a rich family. As the latest incident makes the headlines, his family secures the services of a high-powered attorney, one that has scary reputation. Soon protests hit the streets, where signs advocating for “White Lives matter’ can be seen everywhere, and family tensions between the Cottons only get worse, as his sister’s far-right mindset only heightens it. By the issue’s end, the Cottons’ lawyer has arrived at the victim’s hospital suite, where she meets their lawyer.
Overall, Black Cotton #1 is a satisfying start that looks to say a lot. Hopefully, it gets its footing in the second issue. The story by Patrick Foreman and Brian Hawkins is bold and revolutionary. The art by Marco Perugini is adequate. Altogether, Black Cotton is a story that shows promise but is hard to say right now if it can fulfill it.
Story: Patrick Foreman, Brian Hawkins Script: Brian Hawkins
Art: Marco Perugini Letterer: Francisco Zamora
Story: 8.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy
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