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Icon #4

Icon tells Rocket she is pregnant. Rocket can’t believe it but decides to take an over-the-counter pregnancy test to make sure.  As readers, we all know what the answer will be. Rocket sees her life flash before her eyes as she talks with her best friend about it how could happen.

Meanwhile, Icon continues on his honeymoon period of heroism with the city of Dakota. But, he decides to follow up on the claims from human turned monster in the previous issue and begins his investigation on that nearby island. Of course, when the city government wants to keep something a secret they will go to great lengths to maintain that secrecy.  Even a superhero like Icon will run into a political brick wall.  Moreover, his snooping alerts a superhuman group that protects the island named Blood Syndicate.   Icon gets a little taste from the group in this issue but there will be more to come on that front.

Issue 4 was the first comic in the series I connected to when I first read it in the early 1990s.  Teenage Pregnancy became a hot button issue in American pop culture at the time. Politicians on both sides of the aisle made patronizing public statements about the issue.  Celebrities added their two cents to the issue. However, a young adult having a child is nothing new. It’s been happening since the beginning of time.  It’s not a death sentence for a better life but does make it more complicated.   There is always ramifications from what happened to cause a pregnancy.

I appreciated that the writer Dwyane McDuffie wanted to tackle this issue inside of a superhero comic book. It revealed that imaginative storytelling can take on real world issues and provide insight that does not always get credit from those who believe realism in fiction is the gold standard.  Also, it added depth and a freshness needed in the superhero genre.

If Rocket is pregnant, will she keep the baby?  How can she be a partner to Icon if she has to raise a child? Will Icon’s conservatism accept this life-altering event from his partner? Those questions will provide fertile ground for storytelling that I’m looking forward to finding out during this re-read.

Marion’s Favorites: Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions

One of the positive attributes of the internet is that you can be sent down a rabbit hole and pique your curiosity unexpectedly.  A few days ago, I went down that aforementioned rabbit hole and wanted to find out more Stevie Wonder’s Classic Period Albums from 1972 to 1976.  Those classic period albums were Music… Continue Reading

Icon #2

The Mayor of Dakota, Thomasina Jefferson, is being held hostage at city hall.  The police commissioner calls in S.H.R.E.D, the city’s most elite police unit.  They hold Icon and Rocket at gunpoint. Icon wants to comply with the police officers and Rocket reminds him of his social status despite being able to defeat the entire… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 75: Invisible Men by Ken Quattro

Black History Month is in full swing and I have seen many social media posts recognizing the achievements of African Americans throughout the nation’s history.  However, I have always wanted to find out something that does not get much recognition or overlooked during this annual celebration in February. Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 74: Playing in the Dark by Toni Morrison

I still consider realistic fiction the standard for American Literature.  However, imaginative fiction has made significant strides in the past two decades to create its own place in American Literature. As one who prefers imaginative fiction over realistic fiction, this is a much-needed development for the survival of literature as an art form. As a… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 73: The Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

“The principles of the dark fantastic are so ingrained in our collective consciousness that when the expected pattern is subverted, most audiences cannot suspend disbelief. Readers and viewers complain that dark heroic protagonists are not likable. Critics observe that the characters, settings, circumstances, and resolutions are unbelievable. Agents regret that they just cannot connect with… Continue Reading