Five Black Comics/Graphic Novels
Sistah Girls, your favorite eight-year-old journalist is back (mom told me to say that). For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I’m KJ., I’m an eight-year-old wiz kid who loves books, politics, Beyblades, Nascar, and comics.
I put together this list of comics by Black authors and I hope you and your family enjoy. Let’s get started.
Black by Kwanza Osajyefo
This comic book was a surprise gift from my mom when Covid started. I grew to like it because during a time where it seems the world doesn’t like the color of my skin this world gave people like me superpowers and it was awesome.
Farmhand Vol. 1 by Rob Guillory and Taylor Wells
I’ll start first by saying it’s this comic is creepily interesting. A black farmhand growing human organs was crazy cool. But the main character has a secret he’s keeping from not only the world but his family.
Adding a kiddie note here: Please ask your parents for permission to read this. The creep factor could be a lot for kids my age. By the way, I’m eight.
Excellence by Brandon Thomas
Think Black Panther (Erik Killmonger) meets Harry Potter. The protagonist Spencer and his family come from a legacy of Black magic and they use their magic for good.
They serve and protect people but just like with all things it’s met with some darkness. It’s fast-paced and sure to help your day go by really quickly. The only bad side you have to wait for the next release.
New Kid by Jerry Craft
This is more of a graphic novel but it looked like a comic book to me so I kept dropping hints in my favorite store for my mom to buy it.
She didn’t budge because I haven’t finished my own TBR pile (I also found out TBR means to be read while writing this) when she wasn’t looking I snuck it in the cart and loved it.
It’s technically above my age range but it served its purpose in helping me adjust to being the new kid on the block at my school.
Class Act by Jerry Craft
This is another graphic novel comic mix and it’s a pretty fun read. I loved this book. I’m loving the journey Jerry Craft is taking us on. I love that he includes social issues for kids like me.
I would like to also note that during my research for this listicle I found that there are some amazing African American authors that currently or have previously worked with Marvel and DC comics.
Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman), Ta-Nehisi Coates (Black Panther), Bryan Hill (Kilmonger, Fallen Angels, Batman, and the Outsiders), and Dwayne McDuffie who wrote for some of my all-time favorites (Teen Titans, Justice ￼League).
I hope you enjoyed my list. Thanks for reading!
With love, KJ
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