Tag Archives: African American Fiction

Icon #13

Buck Wild is on the scene!

He is taking names and delivering punishment to anyone that stands in his way in the city of Dakota. However, he is under the spell of Lysistrata Jones and her magical whip.  Buck Wild can not resist her control over him.  As a result, she has her muscle bound mercenary slave do her bidding.

Rocket is trying to navigate her future, but Icon wants her to take maternity leave. Their discussion leads into an encounter with Buck Wild and ends with people of the community asking Icon to leave him alone after their confrontation.  The community shares stories of how Buck Wild has protected them from criminals and we learn how he got his superhuman abilities.

Icon and Rocket help Buck Wild defeat Lysistrata Jones to save the day from her villainous influence.  Obviously, this issue is an homage to Luke Cage (still my favorite Marvel TV show) and a critique of the 1970s blaxploitation era.  Buck Wild talks like a relic from a bygone era of African American culture. This issue wants to make a statement about the typecasting of black culture and how it misses the mark in showing the full range of the African American experience.  I don’t know if there has been a comic book series that would have broached this topic.  However, I’m glad Icon went there.

Icon #12

“Don’t forget, you’re a full-time student and a part-time superhero.” Icon told Rocket the aforementioned sentence at the beginning of Issue 12 while they were saving someone from being robbed.  Rocket has been trying to manage her life of high school student, superhero, and pending motherhood.  One of her good friends, Josie, came to school… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 83: Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

If you live to be 110, how would you look back at your life?  With Fondness? With Regret? Missed Opportunities? Or At Peace? The protagonist of Denny S. Bryce’s debut novel, Wild Women and the Blues, gets to answer that question. Honoree Dalcour is in mid-1920s Chicago during the heart of the jazz age where… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 78: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

“The easiest thing in the world is to be yourself. The hardest thing in the world is to be yourself.” Those two sentences were appropriate for one of the two major characters, Opal Jewel, in Dawnie Walton’s excellent debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. Walton told the story of the early 1970s… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 77: Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due

As a reader, you notice what kinds of books that you keep gravitating towards. Even though I’m an eclectic reader, I keep gravitating recently towards novels that are about the creative process (books, art, food, or music).  Human creativity has always been fascinating to me, because it showcases the power of imagination in interesting and… Continue Reading