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Icon #8

Independent filmmaker John Sayles released Brother From Another Planet back in 1984.  The movie tells the story of a visitor from outer space played by the great actor Joe Morton, who looks like a black man. He arrives on Earth in a spaceship that looks like it is something from the 1950s sci-fi stories by Robert Heinlein, Frederik Pohl, or Arthur C. Clarke. It is not a great movie but Sayles examines how a black man can appear out of step with the culture of it’s time. I will admit that as someone who has not fit into the box that contemporary American culture has prescribed for people who look like me that I can identify with Sayles movie.

Icon falls into that same category and I found out that it was a favorite read of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas raised my eyebrows. However, I have learned over the years that human beings have deeper layers than the political, cultural, or religious ideology they get labeled as such.

This issue is where Icon shares his full background with Rocket. She is surprised to find out that he lived during Reconstruction and fought for the Northern states during the civil war, helped slaves escaped to Canada with the Underground Railroad, graduated from a black college at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, married his wife during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, and fought with the Allies against Nazi Germany during World War II.

Rocket learns that Icon is truly alien and coming to Earth as a black man was not his choice.  However, he has embraced it and made the best of the situation. I wrote previously that issue 7 was my favorite so far in my re-read of this series. I have to correct myself and write that issue 8 is my favorite. Icon has more depth to him that being labeled as a black conservative who has sold out his people.  It is reminder to not judge people by what they present to the public but find out more about them and don’t discard anyone immediately.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 69: Silver Surfer #1 (1968) by Stan Lee & John Buscema

As a teenager, I had a huge comic book collection.  It was mostly Marvel and DC Comics with a few independent comic book publishers like Image, Dark Horse, and Valiant Comics. I read Avengers, Green Lantern Mosaic, Green Arrow, The Spectre, Sandman, and Icon (from Milestone Comics) during that time.  The Silver Surfer (along with Icon)… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Marion’s Favorite Reads of 2020

2020 is mercifully coming to a close, and it has been probably one of the most challenging years that I can remember.  A global pandemic.  A contentious American presidential election.  Big time celebrity deaths. So on and so on.  Reading has been choppy.  However, I read fifty books this year.  Here are my favorite reads… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Maysa Leak

I first heard Maysa Leak on my favorite band, Incognito’s 1993 album, Positivity.  The song called Deep Waters speaks about loving someone that she should stay away from but was being pulled deeper into his orbit.  There have been many songs throughout music covering that aspect of love.  However, Maysa’s voice glides over the music… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Brother Sister by The Brand New Heavies

As a music lover, I enjoy a variety of musical genres from old school R&B and Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban Music.  However, I was asked recently what is my favorite musical genre.  I told the person it is Acid Jazz. They immediately asked me what is Acid Jazz? Acid Jazz is a musical genre that… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Albrecht 2015 Pinot Gris

I’ve been wanting to branch out into white wines recently.  I have always preferred red wines (Malbec, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon) over white wines.  However, I heard a recent podcast about wines from the Alsace Region of France and the podcast host recommended that Pinot Gris was a good transition wine for red wine drinkers.… Continue Reading