In the place where comic books and Black history collide, you’ll find “Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books,” by Ken Quattro. This exciting masterpiece brings to light the comic book artists who toiled behind the scenes, receiving little to no mainstream recognition for the work they created. Quattro captures the essence of these art heroes with impeccable research including rare examples of their work featured in World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines. This stunning graphic novel by Tim Fielder introduces us to King AjA who is cursed with immortality after stealing his son from a concubine. The story takes us on a breathtaking illustrated journey from his happy life with his family to the lonely life he lived after they passed. King AjA becomes a sort of Afrofuturistic Forest Gump as he time treks through a variety of climactic points in history such as the transatlantic slave trade, the New World, the American civil rights movement and intergalactic space. These experiences combined with his longevity, give him a pivotal role in the world’s future. A must-read for lovers of graphic novels and Afrofuturism.
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