Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer #1 Review

Depictions of slavery are nothing new, but something rarely seen in comics.  Except for that really bad thing Mark Waid did one time.  Now Imagine if the focal point in that uprising was not just a revolutionary, but a Super Hero.  The villains in the story are not just evil men, but in fact Demonic.  Enter David Crownson and Courtland Ellis' Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer.

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Keepin' it spoiler free, the story involves a family (tugs on my heart strings as father).  Danger arises and our heroine saves the day in dramatic, yet comedic fashion.  From the first scene and on Courtland's art perfectly captures each characters expressions and the time period in which the book takes place.  Very reminiscent of cartoon the Boondocks television series.  The book involves slavery so of course you're gonna hear some not nice words from not nice people.  Crownson's dialogue is refreshing. Reading POC in comics can sometime lead to cringe worthy dialogue, even when the story is good.  It brings more realism to the characters when written by someone of the same culture.  There's also a joke or two you might not get if you didn't grow up watching black sitcoms.  The issue ends on a cliff hanger and is clearly setting up more fast paced action scenes.

GRADES

  • Art: B+ Courtland captured the mood, setting, and expressions perfectly.
  • Story: B+ It's been done before, but not like this.
  • Dialogue: A- Crownson is on point
  • Significance: A I care about what happens in this book it's important, and I recommend it
  • Extra Credit: "Sister Sister" Joke

FINAL GRADE: A-

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