Black Dynamite: Slave Island #1 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 8.0
Art 8.0
Value 8.0
Total 8.0
Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Release Date: 06/04/2011
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

8.0


Black Dynamite: Slave Island #1

Cult hero Black Dynamite jives his way from the big screen to the page in the Black Dynamite comic Slave Island from Ape Entertainment. Question is would you be a sucka if you picked up this comic? 

When a traumitised black man washes up on the shores of ĎThe Promised Landí with chains attached to his wrists itís clear that something isnít right and that there is only one man who can solve this mystery, Black Dynamite. The super slick crime fighter embarks on a dangerous mission that takes him to the twisted Slave Island where a crazy Southern gentleman, Mister Noah, is trying to relive the American Dream, circa 1850. Once there itís up to Black Dynamite to set things right the only way he knows how to, with his mad kung-fu skills that are only matched by his prowess in the bedroom.  

As far as comics goes Slave Island is just insane. There are fights with sharks, 61 hour sex romps, desperate calls to the President and enough ass-kicking action to have you craving more. While there is craziness and fun the comicís story is also handled in a way that itís never offensive, and itís quite serious at times with a rather worthwhile message on the way racism is still engrained in Western culture after so long. This combination gives us a true Blaxploitation story  thatís full of soul. Sure there are a few weak moments that are purposely put in to advance the story, like the engraving on the slaveís chains, but these moments are few and far between. The story also gives the reader a sense of closure after 50 pages, but still manages to leave things open for future stories.   

What really sells the comic is Black Dynamite. He is probably the coolest cat ever, who has a clear sense of whatís right and whatís wrong and isnít afraid to do whatís necessary. Whether thatís whipping a guy in the balls or going three nights with a lonely Southern widow Black Dynamite gets the job done in his own special way thatís just awesome to watch. The dialogue is fantastic, really capturing the essence of the Blaxploitation genre. Itís often funny and large parts are instantly quotable, like Ďonce you go Black Dynamite, you never go backÖ to just plain blackí. Parts of the dialogue are also reminiscent of Sirusís speech in The Warriors given it a little dramatic weight. 

The first thing youíll notice about the art is that it looks like a comic from the 70ís. The pages look dirty and old and the color scheme is wild and varied. That combination instantly gives Black Dynamite its own feel that really suits it. The team of Jun Lofamia and JM Ringuet also do a great job of showing facial expressions with the use of heavy lines and detail on the faces of many characters. A smirk from Mister Noah tells us as much about him as his acts do. Occasionally the action was a little hard to follow, as every fight was very dynamic with a lot of things going on but for the most part it was enjoyable to see.     

Black Dynamite: Slave Island is a great self-contained little story. Readers who arenít familiar with the character may struggle a little, but to anyone who has even heard of Black Dynamite, well, youíd be a sucka not to be pick-up this kick-ass comic featuring the grooviest cat to ever master kung-fu.      






 
 



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