Black Creators Launch Superhero Sequel Series, White
Back in 2016, the Black comic book series was a huge success on Kickstarter. Now, the next chapter is promising an interesting take on the saga, with a new villain entering the fray. Kwanza Osajyefo, writer of the original series, is hard at work on the follow-up, White. It has already begun its campaign over on Kickstarter, which can be found here. Osajyefo will be teaming up with series co-creator and character design Tim Smith 3 on the series. He wrote the forthcoming six-part series, which should debut sometime this year.
In this forthcoming series, X, also known as Kareem Jenkins, faces a dangerous new foe. He and his fellow black superheroes will take on Theodore Mann, the new President of the United States. Unfortunately, Mann is a corrupt racist who immediately labels them as terrorists. As a result, Mann proceeds to send super-soldiers after the heroes, which ignites a dangerous new battle.
“Black revealed a world where only black people have superpowers, as seen from the perspective of X, a young man struggling to navigate suddenly becoming superhuman,” said Osajyefo, while speaking with the Hollywood Reporter. “In White, he and other characters are now navigating the context of empowered blacks in a nation entrenched in a history of racial inequality. Now, the challenge is to the foundations of white identity propped up by institutional normalization of its supremacy.”
“I love to see how other artists add their talents to the characters we created for Black,” added Smith. “It’s going to be even better with the characters for White. I thought a lot about how the characters move, how their hair and clothes would be used to express everything from standing still to high-energy action scenes.”
The creative team also includes cover artist Khary Randolph, colorist Derwin Roberson, letterer Dave Sharpe and editor Sarah Litt. As part of the Kickstarter campaign, a number of variant covers are available. ChrisCross, Denys Cowan, and Ashley A. Woods are among the contributing artists.
Thus far, the series has $4,000 in crowdfunding. If it reaches its campaign goal, the first issue should publish later this year.
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