A guest post in the form of a preview of the forthcoming anthology, Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics.
The CW’s Black Lighting represents the split between Black respectability and radical politics in a singular figure.
Exploring the intersection of legacy and race in superhero comics through Kurt Busiek’s Astro City
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.
Leveraging Marvel’s underwhelming Civil War II to think about Black lives in the Marvel Universe.
Exploring the limits of diversity in a white supremacist framework through a five-in-one look at 1978’s Marvel Two-in-One.
This Girl Power(!) needs to be a little more intersectional in its thinking.
Because you can’t trust even the best-intentioned white Captain America to know what’s up.
Storm’s return to the site of her X-origin and the awkward undoing of her “goddess” identity.
Part Two of Exploring Storm as a postcolonial figure.
Exploring the relationship between seriality, identity and the colonial imagination through X-Men’s Storm.
Sam Wilson’s characterization as the rugged individual and then his ascension to the role of Captain America are political messages that must be addressed beyond the tendency of media to oversimplify the political ramifications of things, or streamline complex histories
Could Cyborg be the comic book superhero representation of white supremacy’s effect on the black body? To have a black person transformed from a metaphorical machine to an actual one?
The fourth in a series of posts about black superheroes. Marvel Comics’ Brother Voodoo—a character to feel really conflicted about.
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.
Miles Morales or Trayvon Martin are more likely to be victim of a “heroic” vigilante than to be one.
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.