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Black Panther and Beyond: 30 Comics You Should Read for Black History Month Black Panther and Beyond: 30 Comics You Should Read for Black History Month

Maybe you’re a lucky person who’s already seen Black Panther, or are someone looking forward to seeing it for the first time. Or maybe superheroes aren’t your bag at all. Chances are, there’s still a comic out there for your particular tastes. The list below isn’t meant to be exhaustive. Rather, take a look at the…

The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness in Video Games The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness in Video Games

Every morning, I run a pick through my hair. It’s important that I do this when it’s still spongy and damp from the shower. Wait too long and my hair gets drier and less cooperative, making it harder to pull the comb through my natural. (Pro tip: A natural is something black folks sometimes call hair that hasn’t been…

Real Talk About How Luke Cage Uses Blackness Real Talk About How Luke Cage Uses Blackness

The Luke Cage TV show is undeniably black. But that alone isn’t enough to satisfy every black comics fan who’s watching the show.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Is the Unapologetically Black Superhero Show I’ve Been Waiting For Marvel’s Luke Cage Is the Unapologetically Black Superhero Show I’ve Been Waiting For

After watching the first seven episodes of the Luke Cage Netflix series, I can confidently say that its lead character doesn’t always feel like the Power Man who’s shown up in decades of Marvel comics. But, as this spoiler-free review will show, I like him anyway. This Luke Cage is still an everyman superhero that…

The Blackest Superhero Story That Marvel Comics Ever Published The Blackest Superhero Story That Marvel Comics Ever Published

The Crew #5 is a comic that gave me life. It’s a remix of history, a superhero genre work that seethes with spiritual energy. Reading it feels like, no lie, going to church.

Marvel’s Version of Batman Comes Back Angrier Than Before Marvel’s Version of Batman Comes Back Angrier Than Before

Moon Knight, Night Thrasher, the Black Fox... Marvel’s got a few characters that incorporate elements from DC Comics’ Dark Knight. But the House of Ideas’ most on-the-nose nocturnal-avenger homage is probably Nighthawk, a character who originated as part of the Marvel’s Squadron Supreme concept.

What Prince Taught Me What Prince Taught Me

“I’m here to tell you there’s something else...” Prince showed me the life I wanted to live. He was my black genius superhero.

The Black Superhero Who Helped Me Navigate a White World The Black Superhero Who Helped Me Navigate a White World

By the time that Power Man and Iron Fist #125 came out in the late summer/early fall of 1986, I’d already learned not to trust comic-book covers.

We Are Not Free We Are Not Free

It’s been a terrible few weeks for the black body.

Video Games' Blackness Problem Video Games' Blackness Problem

Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I'd like to keep talking about it.

All This Racism Is Exhausting All This Racism Is Exhausting

I've had to be three people this week. They exist separately, in spaces that I'm better off keeping discrete for the sake of my own health. There's the guy who checks in at Kotaku and acts like nothing's wrong. There's the father who makes sure his kid is smiling and growing as much as possible. And there's the black…

Assassin's Creed games revel in meticulous recreations of historical eras. So let's see actual historians discuss the times two newer AC entries were set in. In this video, YouTube series History Respawned takes a look at Liberation and Freedom Cry as reflections of black life in the 18th Century slavery system.

A Closer Look At How Three Assassin's Creed Games Have Handled Slavery A Closer Look At How Three Assassin's Creed Games Have Handled Slavery

Slavery in the Transatlantic of the 1700s was a complex, interconnected network of financial systems, social engineering and psychological repercussions. The Assassin's Creed video games that have dealt with it head-on made good use of that subject matter but also stumbled in particularly clumsy ways. "Collecting…

Thralled—the chilling indie game about a runaway slave who's also a mother—has found a home on Ouya. Lead developer Miguel Oliveira tells Kotaku that Thralled will be an exclusive in exchange for the console company's support and that he expects a release later this year.

Why ​Mighty Avengers Is My Favorite Marvel Comic Right Now Why ​Mighty Avengers Is My Favorite Marvel Comic Right Now

I thought I was going to have to drop Mighty Avengers because Greg Land's art is so off-puttingly plastic. (That great art above is by Ronald Wimberly.) But the series is too damn good for me to abandon. I might even like it more than Daredevil or Hawkeye.

​Soon You Can Play Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Without AC IV ​Soon You Can Play Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Without AC IV

Starting this month, PS3 and PS4 owners won't need to own the full version of Assassin's Creed IV to play its excellent Freedom Cry DLC. Ubisoft's just announced that they're releasing the Adéwalé-focused add-on as its own standalone release on February 18th. Make fun of the Black History Month timing all you want,…

​Taking Down a Slave Ship in Assassin's Creed IV's DLC Isn't Easy ​Taking Down a Slave Ship in Assassin's Creed IV's DLC Isn't Easy

Boarding a slave ship and liberating its human cargo is probably the most satisfying thing you can do in the new Freedom Cry DLC for Assassin's Creed IV. It's also one of the toughest. Take a look at how this naval battle to free slaves almost ended in tears.

A Game That Showed Me My Own Black History A Game That Showed Me My Own Black History

The newest chapter of the Assassin's Creed series gives me some of the things I've always wanted in a video game: a heroic fantasy that lets me control a warrior fighting against slavery. Part of it happens in Haiti, where my parents were born. Characters talk in Antillean Kreyol, the mosaic tongue made of French…

Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Add-On Is the Good Kind of DLC Assassin's Creed IV's Freedom Cry Add-On Is the Good Kind of DLC

People like to rag on downloadable content. It's a boondoggle, detractors say. A crass way to get extra cash for a chunk of a game that should've just been included on the disk. That's true in many cases. But Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry is the better brand of add-on, one where developers' experimentation with the…

Assassin’s Creed IV’s DLC Offers a Very Different Kind of Rebellion Assassin’s Creed IV’s DLC Offers a Very Different Kind of Rebellion

All those islands in the Caribbean that are plush vacation spots now? They used to be colonies, outposts for imperial powers that were replete with inhumane slave labor. Some of these places exploded—sometimes into self-rule—with violent uprisings and rebellions. The new add-on—out tomorrow—for Assassin's Creed IV:…

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