I had the pleasure of meeting comic book writer Tony Isabella in October 2017. Tony is the creator of the DC Comics first African American superhero Black Lightning.
During my time with Tony Isabella at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, I asked him what was his favorite comic book issue to work on. Without hesitation, he said Black Lightning Volume 2 Issue 5.
Tony went on to explain why he enjoyed the comic book so much. Black Lightning’s civilian identity is Jefferson Pierce, the principal at Garfield High School. Pierce dons the Black Lightning costume to protect his students from the gangsters who want to recruit them to their gangs and do them harm.
In the Black Lightning comic recommended by Tony Isabella, something goes wrong. Walter Kasko, a teacher at Garfield High School, tosses himself in front of a young student named Lamar as gangsters burst into the room Walter, Lamar, and Jefferson was. Walter was riddled with bullets and died. Jefferson was injured and spent time in the hospital. Read more...
The world of comics brought stories alive like I’d never seen before. Pages splashed with colors and beautiful images. Those images showing movement and energy.
Words and pictures melded together to engage me. Turning every page, I wanted more. I wanted to see what happened next.
But then I stopped reading comics. For years I didn’t pick up a comic book. Then, a couple of months back, I began visiting local comic book stores.
The local comic book store opened my eyes to epic events that happened during my separation from comics. Captain America had died. So did the Incredible Hulk. Wait, Captain America is back? And he’s a bad guy?
Danny Rand (portrayed by Finn Jones, known for his role on Game Of Thrones as Loras Tyrell), the Iron Fist and last Marvel Defender to get his own original Netflix series, burst onto the small screen laden with controversy. Iron First was criticized for the accurate portrayal of Danny Rand as a rich white man (which his comic book counterpart was). Critics also hurled negative reviews towards the new series as boring.
After watching Iron Fist, I’m still confused over the criticisms. Iron Fist’s first season (and hopefully not last) on Netflix was enjoyable. The pacing was much better than Jessica Jones and I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode.
The cast of Iron Fist was also racially diverse. From Colleen Wing (played by Jessica Henwick, also from Game Of Thrones) to the return of Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson reprised her role from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage), there was a lot of diversity in the supposedly whitewashed Iron Fist. Read more...