Thursday, August 5, 2021

Comics Review: RADIANT BLACK #6


STORY: Kyle Higgins and Cherish Chen
ART: Darko Lafuente
COLORS: Miguel Muerto
LETTERS: Becca Carey
EDITOR/DESIGNER: Michael Busuttil
COVER: Darko Lafuente with Miguel Muerto
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S. (July 2021)

Rated “T+/Teen Plus”


Radiant Black is a superhero comic book series from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Marcelo Costa.  The series focuses on a failed writer who discovers a cosmic force that changes his life.  Letterer Becca Carey and designer Michael Busuttil complete the series' creative team.

Radiant Black introduces Nathan Burnett, who just turned thirty-years-old, and things are not going great.  A failed writer (thus far), Nathan leaves Los Angeles and returns home to Lockport, Illinois to live with his parents.  A night on the town with his old pal, Marshall, leads to Nathan unlocking an alien artifact, “Radiant Black,” that changes his life.  This new thing seems totally unique, but there is more to it than Nathan can imagine, so very much more.

Radiant Black #6 (“Red”) answers the question:  who is Radiant Red?

THE LOWDOWN:  I enjoyed reading Radiant Black #1 and the subsequent issues for their own sake.  However, I was initially only interested in the series because I read (on the Internet) that it might be the first entry in a new “shared universe” of superhero titles from Image Comics.

The fourth and fifth issues were so crazy … and you, dear readers, want more Radiant Black reviews.  So... Radiant Black #6 offers another shocker, but in a quiet way.  It is an origin story and, in a manner, an explanation story.  I won't provide spoilers, but you, dear readers, will be satisfied

The guest art team of illustrator Darko Lafuente and colorist Miguel Muerto is good, not great, but they are acceptable in the context of what has come before this issue.  The storytelling is good, so that is all that matters.  And that is why I am excited about what comes next.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans looking for something new with a touch of classic in a superhero comic book will want to try Radiant Black.


[This issue includes an additional story, “The Unleashed: Echoes of Sorrow, Part II” by Melissa Flores; Eleonora Carlini with Elisabetta D'Amica; Mattia Iacono; and LetterSquids.]

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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