If you’ve seen the movie and the Adult Swim cartoon, then you can stop reading right now. You’re going to buy this book no matter what is said here. While it is written by Brian Ash, the concept came into existence thanks to Black Dynamite creators Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, and Scott Sanders. So you know there’s no way this can get fucked up.
For the rest of you, Black Dynamite is a bad motherfucker. Badder than Richard Roundtree, Fred Williamson and Rudy Ray Moore combined. He takes on all kinds of over-the-top blaxploitation villains, up to and including Richard M. Nixon. His kung-fu is impeccable, and his ability to fuck is superb.
In this issue, our hero is contacted by Alex Haley (yes, of ROOTS fame) to take down a theme resort called Slave Island, a place where white people go to experience “a simpler time, when the world made sense … when tradition was appreciated! And when there was a place for everybody, and everybody knew their place.” Unfortunately, when he arrives (after he beats the shit out of a shark with its own ripped-off fin), he is assaulted by two rednecks and forced into slavery himself.
That’s not enough to deter Black Dynamite. He is prepared to “burn this motherfucker down” from the inside. He starts a slave revolt, and all the vacationing white people are suddenly terrified (except for the one who purchased Black Dynamite on the slave block for … sexual purposes).
There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how awesomely hilarious this book is. There isn’t a single frame in this book that won’t elicit a laugh from you. Even the violent scenes, like when Black Dynamite whips the balls of one of the guards of SlaveIsland, are designed to make yourself laugh hard enough to shit. And when Black Dynamite discovers that SlaveIsland is a FRANCHISE?! That can only lead to more insanity in the next issue. (It says it’s a one-shot, but come on. We know the public needs more Black Dynamite.)
Jun Lofamia’s artwork is, unsurprisingly, old fashioned. Since Black Dynamite takes place back in the ‘Seventies, it only makes sense to make it look like a book from back then. Not one of those cardboard posture superhero books. No, something more gritty, like maybe old Jonah Hex.
The cover says the book is worth 595-cents. It’s worth so much more than that. Be sure to keep an eye out for one of the funniest phony comic book ads of all time: HOW SKINNY-ASS JACK BECAME A BAD-ASS MACK! If you ever wanted to be a bad motherfucker like Farrante Jones, now’s your chance to get his gun and muscle-building booklet, which will teach you many lessons, the best of which is probably “Bullets Cost Money: Pistol-Whipping Your Way to Savings!” If only it were for real …
P.S. It should be noted that the cover also says the book is approved by the Comics Code Authority. DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT. The CCA would NEVER have allowed this book to come out. One has to wonder if someone can get sued over this, even though the code means nothing now.
BLACK DYNAMITE #1
Written by Brian Ash
Illustrated by Jun Lofamia
Published by Ars Nova and Ape Entertainment