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Black Cotton Issue 2 Review

Writer: Brian Hawkins

Art: Marco Perugini

Colours: Francisco Zamora

Publisher: Scout Comics

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹🏹


Set in an alternate reality where the social order of "white" and "black" is reversed, an elitist family, the Cottons, are rocked by a tragic shooting that begins to unravel long standing family secrets that could not only destroy the family but also divide the fragile social climate of the world.

My Opinion

I really don’t know where to start with this emotional rollercoaster ride of a comic…

Brian Hawkins and the team have delivered an issue that pulls no punches and seriously has you thinking deeply about every panel, studying every piece of art and feeling every emotion of each character throughout. The last panels had my jaw on the floor. I was stunned.

I can’t say too much about the story itself as I like my reviews to be spoiler free. If you read either my review of issue 1 or issue 1 itself then you will have an idea about what is going on. The story continues in this issue with public outcry around the shooting increasing tenfold. We get to meet the victim of the shooting properly and continue to witness the happenings with Zion after the shooting. We also get to meet with more of the Cotton family and continue to watch how the Cotton’s attempt to ‘deal’ with the situation.

This issues art continues the expressive style from the first issue and once again Marco Perugini compliments the superb writing by Brian Hawkins with delightful skill.

The absolute highlight of this story for me is the superb emotional writing throughout. This comic hits feelings like a sledgehammer. Jam packed with anger and sadness, regret and fury, Brian creates a mental health rollercoaster of a story that underpins the main storyline with masterful craftsmanship.

Emotional outbursts, fracturing allegiances and intense twists ensure this comic is surely not one to be missed. Black Cotton should be a prominent comic in society, it touches on many situations that are ongoing in the world and approaches them in a way that is relatable but also entertaining for comic readers. This top marks comic is not to be missed. Make sure it is on your pull list for each release. It’ll be worth it.

“Going for a walk. Not far, I promise.” - Zion

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