Black Cotton Star is the latest comic to turn film as ZQ Entertainment has acquired the rights. Reginald Hudlin will direct the film from a script by Deric Hughes and Benjamin Raab. Hudlin will produce with Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh, and ZQ heads Ara Keshishian and Petr Jakl. Martin J Barab will be exec producer.
Black Cotton Star tells the story of three African American soldiers in World War II who are sent on a suicide mission to retrieve the first ever American flag which was stolen by a Nazi Commander. The graphic novel was written by Yves Sente with art by Steve Cuzor. Both will executive produce.
Black Cotton Star was published by the Belgian publisher Dupuis and in the US by Pegasus Books with Europe Comics handling digital publishing.
India is one of those countries that is both revered and speculated. The British have been there for years to the point that one of the UK’s most popular food is Chicken Tikka Masala. My father was born and grew up in one of Britain’s colonies, I can see their influence everywhere when I go back. Even my Dad still talks about how you don’t need a passport to go from Trinidad to England.
From where it started to now what it is, has been a long journey between India and England. It has never been completely cordial, as much of the long seeded hate and discontent also has existed just as long. Can there ever be true harmony between the once colonized and the colonizer? In the ninth volume of Blake & Mortimer, our intrepid heroes solve a mystery while revisiting his past in India.
We’re taken to Simla, the former capital of British India, where a gathering of the Maharajas is taking place at the former Viceroy palace, where we meet a shadowy figure known as Emperor Ashoka. As we soon find out Blake and Mortimer has a long strange history within the country, as this was the place where they met. We soon find out that Mortimer had grown up there, even saving an Indian princess and he had encountered Ashoka once before, whose stance was against the British foreign occupation. Years later Ashoka has his agenda against Mortimer and enlists the duo’s favorite villain, Olrik into his scheme against our protagonists. That is just when Blake and Mortimer find out that Ashoka has a plot to use uranium to cause a major catastrophe which leads them to Brussels. By Blake & Mortimer Vol. 9’s end, an Indian Government agent joins their ranks, and our intrepid duo heads to South Afrika to reckon with Ashoka and Olrik.
Overall, the ninth volume of Blake & Mortimer is a gripping adventure that has the guys deal with the sins of colonization. The story by Yves Sente is exciting. The art by André Juillard is stirring. Altogether, an excellent globe trotting adventure..
Spike Lee is one of those directors whose movies stay with you long after viewing them. The first time I saw Do The Right Thing, it made me open my eyes up to how divided even us New Yorkers are. Then I watched School Daze and wanted to go to an HBCU so I could pledge to a fraternity. Then I watched She’s Gotta Have It and found out how pervasive misogyny is when it comes to women’s sexuality is.
Spike Lee’s superb skill for storytelling and his understanding of the human condition make his movies both prestigious and personal.
One of my favorite movies by the prolific director is The Miracle Of Santa Anna. The movie followed a platoon of Black soldiers as they protect a town in World War II. In the excellently told Black Cotton Star, we follow four Black soldiers on a mission to uncover a long-hidden secret.
We are transported to a military base near Dover, Delaware in 1944, right when President Franklin D. Roosevelt, issues an order for the assembling of all Black tank battalions, which gives a much-needed win for the Black soldiers on this base, who face racism daily from White soldiers and their superiors and we are introduced to one particular solider, Linc, whose instincts are second to none. We are also taken to Saint Augustine’s College in North Carolina, where his sister, Johanna, has just found out that their aunt has died, and she has left them her house and everything inside of it, which is where she finds a diary from 1777, belonging to the servant of Betsy Ross, Angela Brown. This is where we find out who Betsy Ross was as well as what kind of woman Angela Brown was, as we soon find out that Angela has placed a back star under the now famous flag to honor the black men and women who have died including her sons. AS soon as Johanna reads her diary, she utilizes the resources at hand, as we soon find out Germany has Betsy Ross’s first flag, and through the help of a senator, has Linc and his friends become a special unit of the Monuments Men. By book’s end, Linc and his friends parachute into enemy territory to recovery America’s first flag.
Overall, it’s an intriguing story that unflinchingly entails the racism of the time and how sometimes the best mysteries are found where you least expected. The story by Yves Sente is entertaining, smart, and well researched. The art by Steve Cuzor is beautiful and the faces he draws are very detailed even having one of the characters have more than a passing resemblance to Sammie Davis Jr. Altogether, it’s an excellent graphic novel that combines a war story with a mystery and a bit of history.