The CW’s Black Lighting represents the split between Black respectability and radical politics in a singular figure.
As the year ends, let’s look to 2018 and beyond by considering how comic book collecting and critical nostalgia shape The Middle Spaces blog.
When Black Lightning rejects the Justice League he is rejecting white supremacy.
The clumsy way superhero comic books of the post-Civil Rights 1970s explicitly address race can provide a site for imagining productive racial consciousness for black characters, while also highlighting the limits of that kind of resistant reading.
The latest in our conversations with comics scholars: this time Dr. Brian Cremins talks comics and nostalgia as pitfall and strategy in (re)constructing personal and historical narratives.
Identity is a constant retcon.
Images for an essay published in the June 2014 issue of Apex
Jefferson Pierce’s “blackness” is explored in relation to his superheroic identity, but doesn’t get anywhere.
Black Goliath is a title that never got a chance to really develop and it suffers from the problems of a lot of early attempts to bring ethnic characters into the limelight.