Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ape Entertainment Presents: Black Dynamite "Slave Island" Review

I really enjoyed Black Dynamite: Slave Island. If you enjoyed the movie, you will definitely enjoy the comic. Great story and it makes you feel that you are watching a sequel to the original film. It continues with the great action and humor the film provided to the audience. Ape Entertainment did the right thing in teaming up with Ars Nova to bring a great new comic to fans. In my review, I will give a little detail about the art and who provided the artwork, and I will provide some of the story and who wrote the comic.

Pencils, Ink, and Cover by Jun Lofamia

I will be honest, I am not really familiar with Jun Lofamia's work, but I think his style is a perfect fit for Black Dynamite. He captures the scenes very well with the story and makes you feel you are watching an addition to the original movie. Jun Lofamia is from the Phillippines and has been an illustrator/artist since the late 1960's. His work has been present in DC mysteries in the 1970's, including the House of Mystery and he also has worked on Vampirella. Once I did a little research on Lofamia, I see how the comic brings that classic look I was familiar with in comics growing up. Great retro style to the comic and look forward to future Black Dynamite comics.

Written by Brian Ash
Story by Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, and Scott Sanders

Immediately into the first page of the comic, I could hear the music and narration from the actual movie.

"I want to tell you a story about a friend I had. He's a mean mother***** and he's super bad. He's the kind of brother that rules a town, even the coroner follows him around. His afro's so bad it won't even relax. When he go to the barber, they part his hair with an axe. And he'll be hauling you out with the rest of the trash, if your mouth write a check that yo a** can't cash".

Black Dynamite: Slave Island

Opening scene starts with a black man running in the woods from mean dogs and a couple of white guys with guns. Unfortunately, as he heads towards the water to get away from this mysterious land, a dog bites his ankle. He does make an escape on a wooden raft out to sea and makes it to main land. We see he is weak and collapses on land near an amusement park, "The Promise Land".

The story then goes to Black Dynamite walking the streets and making statements about how tough the streets are and of course how "bad" he is. Again, with his statements, I could hear and picture the narration being said like in the film (classic and humorous). Black Dynamite is called to come to the city's free clinic where he will encounter a strange person who believes he is a slave.  A term is used by the doctor talking to Black Dynamite, "Slavus Paranoias-delusional disorder where the individual believes that he is slave to another human being". They learn the gentleman speaks as if he were a slave and has bodily injuries to show as well. Black Dynamite must get to the bottom of this and take care of business.

You know where this story leads, Black Dynamite must get into action to solve the crime, especially since "There's just something about the word Slavery that really pisses me off". Black Dynamite is off on a raft to the mysterious island. Not only does he fight people, but he encounters a great white shark on his way and he handles his own and even removes its big fin.(Classic) He is exhausted from the fight and gets caught by white men with guns on the island, Slave Island.

In between the comic, hilarious ads are placed which are great additions.

The story returns with Black Dynamite being captured and in chains and shackles and we see the Slave Island, which is actually one big amusement park run by Noah Hicks. The island is total reenactment of the past and has people that come to purchase individuals who unfortunately have lived their entire lives on the island as slaves. Black Dynamite can not tolerate the unlawful actions of Hicks and his clan and fights to save humanity. Black Dynamite vows to "burn this mother down" and we see his incredible, courageous fight.

Overall, the comic is terrific, filled with action, humor, and badness. I think you will enjoy Black Dynamite: Slave Island.

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