The world waits to find out if the charges against Zion Cotton will be dropped. Will the world descend into chaos? Find out in Black Cotton #6 by Scout Comics!

BLACK COTTON #6 (of 6)

Writer: Patrick Foreman and Brian Hawkins
Artist: Marco Perugini
Letterer: Fransico Zamora
Editor: Andrea Lorenzo Molinari
Publisher: Scout Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 8th, 2021 

Previously in Black Cotton: Zion Cotton shot Elizabeth Nightingale, an unarmed white woman in the streets. This caused people to examine the systematic racism against whites from the black people in charge. Meanwhile, the Cotton family have other enemies on their doorstep then just the protestors and the charges brought against their son.

A DECISION HAS BEEN MADE

Black Cotton #6 shows us the protests going on around the United States. People are shouting that they want peace against their oppressors. Zion, feeling guilty about starting this mess, leaves his home to deal with the mob. Meanwhile, Elijah and Jaleesa have intruders in their house. These Japanese twins are from the Keshinomi family and were screwed over by one of the Cotton’s business ventures. Now they look for revenge as they stab Carolina and swear to kill everyone the Cotton’s care about.

The Nightingale family was offered a lot of money to drop the court case, which they reluctantly agree too. Elizabeth is disturbed by her families decisions and is overwhelmed by the whole situation. When the rest of the world finds out that no charges will be brought against Zion, people riot. Xavier is watching the riots happen and looks to head to safety but finds himself looking over the unconscious (or maybe dead) Zion.

ON THE NOSE

I wasn’t going to review Black Cotton #6 this week. I thought I was just going to rehash the same stuff I said in earlier reviews. However, this week has been tough for social justice in the news, and it felt appropriate to pick this book up. Black Cotton #6 is doing a tremendous job giving us a new perspective on racism in the United States. By reversing the roles of Whites and Blacks, we see a new light on what is going in our political situation. Black Cotton #6 gets more and more complicated. We see these Japanese twins entering the picture and attacking the Cottons with the backdrop of protests and riots because of the Zion case. The world is in chaos, and it hits close to home due to recent political events. My main concern is that the creative team is trying to tackle too much. Having both the twins and the Zion court case is a lot of plot to get through at once.

I hope we get to see more of Xavier next story arc. Perhaps his voice and bring some calm in a rather grim situation. Otherwise, I’m not even sure who to root for anymore.

BOTTOM LINE: CLOSE TO HOME

Black Cotton #6 provides a commentary on real world racism. The book explores a lot of complex themes in an intelligent and engaging way. I hope we get many more story arcs of Black Cotton because I want to know if there will be a happy ending or not. Regardless, this is a 4 out of 5 for me. I love the black and white art style and I respect what the story the creative team is trying to tell.


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Christopher Rondeau is a storyteller based in Tulsa, OK. Finding himself with little work, he ended up creating a job as a Game Master full time on the internet. Chris spends most of his days reading everything he can, writing bad fiction, and watching old Digimon cartoons with his daughter. Sometimes you can find him Dungeon Mastering a podcast or streaming on twitch. Recently, he has completed his Master's degree with a focus on collaborative storytelling. Find out more at https://rondeaucreator.com

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