Black Dynamite #1

Black Dynamite #1

Writer: Brian Ash Artist: Sal Buscema, Ron Wimberly Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: January 15, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

HE'S A POWDER KEG OF BLACK FURY THAT'S ABOUT TO EXPLODE!  The baddest kung-fu cat to ever appear on screen is coming to comics so you suckers better duck!  Former CIA agent, international ladies man, and sworn ass-kicking enemy of The Man... he's BLACK DYNAMITE-and he's about to walk into the most dangerous journey of his life!

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Jan 14, 2014

    Being a fan of the film, the last comic book, and the animated series, I have a very biased opinion (as does fellow RWG writer Wesley Messer), but I honestly think that a knowledge of Black Dynamite is not necessary to enjoy this book. If you are at all familiar with cult blacksploitation films and you have a sense of humour, then I cant imagine you not completely loving Black Dynamite #1. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jan 15, 2014

    Black Dynamite is the funkiest comic out there. This is a genre book, just like the film and TV series, aimed at a more mature audience. If this kind of thing is even remotely in your wheelhouse, I think you're going to dig it. And that ain't no jive. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 14, 2014

    A gem that shouldn't be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 17, 2014

    This was just a fun comic for me and anyone who either dug the movie this comic is based on, or that type of genre in general should absolutely pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jan 16, 2014

    Ron Wimberly, Sal Buscema and JM Ringuet deliver the goods. Black Dynamite is beautiful and perfectly captures a long gone genre. Wimberly's pencils are fun and, at times, goofy. It's exaggerated stuff, dynamic and bold. The angles are insane and constantly shifting; this comic is never boring to look at. That said, the best thing about this issue by far is Ringuet's colors. It's his color work that makes comic feel so dated (in a good way). It's gorgeous stuff and a real showcase for the importance of a great colorists. Black Dynamite #1 works on every level and is definitely worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Eduardo Gueiros Jan 16, 2014

    Although nothing substantial occurs in the main plot because the flashbacks take up most of the issue, the ending creates enough suspense to leave you wanting to know what will happen to Black Dynamite next. This issue is a great introduction to a series that promises to not hold back on action, comedy, and general badassness. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Jack Chambers Jan 20, 2014

    Perhaps the most surprising thing about this issue is the story itself. The dual timeline hints at a more in depth style of storytelling than the typical Black Dynamite story. In fact, this is probably as dialed down as Dynamite has ever been and that will probably help for newcomers to the character.Having said that, Black Dynamite is still as jive talkin' and ass whoopin' as ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jan 22, 2014

    If you are familiar with the character I am sure you will enjoy this comic more. However, on its own Black Dynamite #1 is a solid, entertaining read for all to enjoy. It offers great dialogue and memorable comedic moments that are executed with perfect timing. This is blaxploitation at its best,as. It takes a past genre and welcomes it to the present. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Jan 15, 2014

    I personally prefer my Black Dynamite like I like my coffee: full-bodied and bitter … not to mention unfiltered. So it was a bit of a bummer seeing the voracity of his profanity punch pulled here, but as comic book adaptations of parody blacksploitation films go, this is the best thing you're going to read this week. Dig it, turkey! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jan 17, 2014

    If you like your Blaxploitation to be 100% silly and 0% serious, this is the comic for you. I'm just not sure I understand the point of spoofing a genre about social misfortune if you don't bother to remind what that social misfortune was. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Jan 15, 2014

    The witty banter, 1970s power tacky power and double entendres soak the pages with character. The art style is the same as we know it from the cartoon with the aged 4-color cheap Marvel print feeling added to give that authentic feeling. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Jan 21, 2014

    Good for several laughs and if it's your thang, you'll definitely be itching to try out the other incarnations and I'd personally recommend it just for the sheer fun. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Jan 14, 2014

    As long as you go into reading this comic with the idea that it is comedic entertainment then you should enjoy. Its a quick read, and entertaining in aesthetics and story. I mean you have a Kung-Fu hero that speaks in the third person by the name of Black Dynamite, fighting The Man and another nemesis by the name of Too Swole. That alone should say enough right there at the entertainment value of this book. I found it rather enjoyable even going in having no clue what I was getting into and I would be fine checking out issue #2 when it comes out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - John Yohe Jan 14, 2014

    The character Black Dynamite is a kung fu master, which was my original interest in him. He's also Vietnam vet, and ex-CIA. And, he's black, (therefore?) strong, virile (of course), confident, a ladies man (of course), non-monogamous (of course) and talks rhythmic, rhyming, 70s 'jive' (or what we (white readers?) think is jive) which is ridiculous, and therefore (?) funny. I think. I laughed out loud at points, but am I laughing with the character/story? Or at it? Does writer/producer of the franchise Brian Ash care? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 15, 2014

    Ron Wimberly’s pencils don’t really help matters. Granted, a comic like this is supposed to be over the top, but Wimberly falls victim to the same thing Ash does. It’s too much; each panel is trying too hard to make sure we know that it is parody. By the final page, the pictures are inconsequential and become little more than background noise. Comic stalwart Sal Buscema gives some decent inkwork, but JM Ringuet’s colors are drab, hitting another nail into the coffin of indifference for Black Dynamite. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Villain Sep 21, 2016

    The humor of the show doesn't really make much sense in the pages of a comic book. A random appearance by Alex Haley would've been a lot funnier in the cartoon or movie. There is really not a whole lot of story here considering its the first issue. I'm a fan of the character so I did get some enjoyment out of it but not like I thought.

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