Xavier has joined the protest against his brother! Can Zion recover from his mistake of shooting an unarmed white woman in the streets? Find out in Black Cotton #5 by Scout Comics!
BLACK COTTON #5 (OF 6)
Writer: Patrick Foreman and Brian Hawkins
Artist: Marco Perugini
Letterer: Francisco Zamora
Editor: Andrea Lorenzo Molinari
Publisher: Scout Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 8th, 2021
Previously in Black Cotton: Zion, a black cop, shot Elizabeth Nightingale in the streets despite her being unarmed. With this near fatal shooting, the world has begun to fight against racial injustice between the rich Cotton family and the white folk that are suffering from systematic racism. Additionally, the Cotton family business has a new enemy in town and seems to be hunted by the Keshinomi twins!
WHO IS RIGHT?
Black Cotton #5 starts with Taz getting attacked by the Keshinomi twins who fight him with swords. Luckily, he was able to escape alive and report back to the Cotton family. Protests are getting worse and worse as the world waits to see if charges will be dropped against Zion Cotton. Zion has been watching form his apartment while his family tries to paint Elizabeth in a bad light. This is even further compounded when his brother, Xavier, sides with the white people protesting. Zion call his sister to try and talk about the families actions against the Nightingale family. It seems though that Zion will be cleared by the D.A. because they made Elizabeth to be the bad guy. Meanwhile, the Keshinomi twins arrive on the Cotton’s doorstep swearing revenge against Elijah Cotton.
DECIDING RIGHT FROM WRONG
Man, I admit that I wasn’t in the right headspace for this comic book. The dialogue feels remarkably familiar to language that I heard recently, and I find myself disturbed about the language used. Black Cotton #5 puts a great picture on racial lines by reversing the roles on blacks and whites. This is accented with a black and white art style that reinforces the theme of racism because sometimes it is hard to say what skin tone some of the characters are. Which means that the color of your skin shouldn’t matter.
I think I am most curious about how Zion is going to develop in the last issue. He seems to be in between what his parents represents and what his brother stands for. I am not sure what direction the writers are looking to take but I am on board to find out. I also hope to see more of Elizabeth next issue. Her absence in Black Cotton #5 was noted.
BOTTOM LINE: BUILDING UP TO THE FINALE
Black Cotton #5 has been a great comic. While I am confused by the decision to include the Keshinomi twins; this story has shown a lot of light on a current issue. This is a 4 out of 5 for me and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the final comic.
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Black Cotton #5
Black Cotton #5 continues to shine a light on racial and social issues that are prevalent in today's reality.