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The Black Mage (1) af Daniel Barnes

The Black Mage (1) (udgave 2019)

af Daniel Barnes (Forfatter)

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When Tom Token is accepted into St. Ivory Academy, a historically white wizarding school, he begins uncovering strange clues and stumbles onto a conspiracy that could cost him his very soul.
Titel:The Black Mage (1)
Forfattere:Daniel Barnes (Forfatter)
Info:Oni Press (2019), 144 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Black Mage (1) af Daniel Barnes


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A super racist all white magic school lets in their first black mage and things go awry. If you want to hear all my thoughts on this book, then stay tuned for my August 2020 Wrap Up Vlog coming soon to my YouTube channel called Completely Melanie. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
Hmmm, I get the references (from the dumb stereotypes, Tom Token, his magical sidekick, Jim Crow, Headmaster Lynch, the KKK as evil magicians, etc), but I’m not feeling them. KKK hoods just turn my stomach, but that’s just me. On the other hand, the animesque art style is cool, sleek and conveys whatever it wants to very well. For example, the scene when Jim gets hit is a nice showcase of color and expression. The artwork and Tom’s finishing move (loved it!) are the real highlights.

The pacing here is fast with tons of magic battles, but I would’ve preferred more time with Tom in the white space. he barely got a chance to talk to Summer or any of the other black souls.

I don’t care about Lindsay, obligatory good white person that keeps hogging the narrative, but I know why she’s here. In addition, Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, and John Henry (folk-hero) are all KKK-fighting magicians. Not bad for a standalone
On a side note, this story made me think about Ruby Bridges-Hall and all she had to go through.

3.5 ( )
  DestDest | Jan 4, 2020 |
Tom Token is the first black student in St. Ivory Academy for wizards. And the academy is run by KKK, which is rather surprising but also fresh. And there is a reason behind Tom's admission to the academy. Everything is not what it seems.
The story is full of adventure and dashing battles. The artwork resembles manga. The colors are vibrant and vivid.
Thank you NetGalley and Oni Press for a copy of this book. ( )
  Helsky | Jul 2, 2019 |
Surprisingly fun for a comic book about racism and the KKK.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for depictions of racism.)

When teenager Tom Token is accepted into the historically all-white boarding school St. Ivory Academy as part of its "Magical Minority Initiative," he's understandably skeptical. Sure, the facilities are state of the art, and the education can't be beat, but at what cost? His melanin-challenged classmates assail him with aggressions both micro and - in the case of the Headmaster's rich jock son Bryce - physical. Tom's pet bird, Jim the crow, is even injured in the crossfire (though happily not beyond magical repair).

But race relations at St. Ivory are far worse than Tom could imagine (or maybe not: the Headmaster's robe bears a suspicious resemblance to a KKK hood). When he receives an anonymous tip that he's not the first black mage to walk St. Ivory's halls, Tom embarks on a journey to find out what happened to his predecessors. With the help of the ghosts of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and do-gooder fellow classmate/student liaison Lindsay Whitehorn, can Tom get justice for the other black mages sacrificed to keep St. Ivory afloat - or will he, too, be fed to the racist machine?

The synopsis describes The Black Mage as "The School for Good and Evil meets Dread Nation," but I got a ton of Harry Potter vibes. I half expected Barnes to swap the race of one of the more minor characters halfway through the narrative, a la Lavender Brown. It just feels right, given Barnes's sense of humor (and I mean that in the most awesome way possible).

Some readers will undoubtedly describe the book's racial politics as heavy-handed - and the references are pretty numerous and not terribly subtle - but I think it's done in a clever and engaging way: rather cheeky with a "I said what I said" kind of energy. The comic is remarkably fun for a book about racial violence, which I suspect is the point: disarm your audience with charming artwork, plucky sidekicks, and a plethora of pop culture references so that they absorb the message before they can say "Riddikulus!".

http://www.easyvegan.info/2019/10/29/the-black-mage-by-daniel-barnes/ ( )
  smiteme | May 30, 2019 |
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