By PS Hayes
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am
Black Dynamite #1 Written by Brian Ash
Art by Ron Wimberly
Inks by Sal Buscema
Colors by JM Ringuet
Story Consultant Jillian Apfelbaum
Letters by Chris Mowry
Edits by John Barber
Covers by Marcelo Ferreira & JM Ringuet, Jun Lofima & JM Ringuet, Six Point Harness Studios, and Jim Rugg IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 15,2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Black Dynamite #1 is the most entertaining comic that I’ve read in a long, long time.
Having never seen the film that this is based on, I had absolutely NO idea what to expect. But, the cover looked cool and I love anything that’s set in the ’70s, so I figured I’d give it a try. The story and dialogue that writer Brian Ash came up with had me actually chuckling out loud to myself. Not only that, but it had revitted to what was on the next page. And it just kept getting more and more outrageous! There’s several scenes that, even for a comic book, will leave you stunned in the “Oh my God, I can’t believe he did that!” vein. GREAT beginning to a story and a really great introduction to anyone who isn’t familiar with the character.
Artist Ron Wimberly was BORN to draw this comic!! Seriously, I’m going to follow up with his parents and see for sure, but I’m pretty sure this is the reason. Not only does Wimberly have a great style of art in general, he REALLY gives this book a look and feel like it was produced in the ’70s, without any of the traps that other artists fall into, like product placement, or movie posters in the background. It’s a real treat for the eyes, and most importantly his art is VERY different from anything on the stands now, which is a really nice, refreshing change of pace. And hey, inks by the legendary Sal Buscema doesn’t hurt any.
You really need to pick this book up, whether you’re a fan of the movie or not. It’s a solid comic with great art and great writing and you will NOT be disappointed in the least.