While I was at the Phoenix Comic Con I ran into this talented writer at the Moonstones Modern Myth’s booth, Eric M Esquivel (No relation to Juan Garcia Esquivel, but I wish). He introduced me to one of his new titles, The Blackest Terror, a vigilante story about a man in America who’s fed up with ignorance and injustice. The story starts with a television interview with The Blackest Terror. The suave and popular host does little to bring TBT’s true cause to light, but instead says things that he knows will get his mindless followers to agree with. Not being one to be fucked with, TBT does a good job shining a light on the selfish nature of the host and news in America and quickly turns the tables on a one sided interview. The conversation goes from TBT’s origin’s to TBT pulling out a gun and outing one of the networks best known AfricanAmerican weather personalities “Al” (sometimes you gotta spoon feed it) live on air. In a scene that I deem Oscar worthy, he (SPOILER’S) forces the white washed meteorologist AL, to tell his viewers his real name, “Kumali” and that’s when I spit Starbucks all over my laptop laughing and secretly wished that this happened to…well you know who, in real life. I can’t tell you much more without giving all the dark and socially relevant tid bits away, but what I will say is that TBT is a very intelligent comic book written with a bit of kitsch and a bit of real. The story doesn’t try too hard and doesn’t take itself too seriously, but instead allows the reader (provided they aren’t ignorant) to sort of sit back and take this silly ol world in for a moment and with a “Wouldn’t be cool if…?” aesthetic. This is how comics sorta started with these “what if” scenarios didn’t it? That little kid lying in the grass at the top of a hill with a piece of straw sticking out of their mouth’s starred at the clouds and imagined these things. Oh yeah Eric, I’m talking about you Huckleberry. One day I’d like to sit down one on one with Eric and ask him what inspired him to write this story, but til then I will say TBT is not just a hero story, but more cathartic and speaks to a growing number of American’s who feel that something just isn’t right in River City (The Music Man). The story has a MAD magazine CRACKED appeal to it and teeters on satirical and sometimes blaxploitative, but as a fan of films like Boss Nigga, I don’t mind it. All in all The Blackest Terror is a very refreshing piece of literature. Kudo’s on the illustrations on this issue, especially the cover art and sequential’s by Ander Sarabia (Poster please).

Published by Jeffrey Lamar

I’m an actor,musician and writer who's blended his love for all three into this blog.

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