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
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