Black Cotton - Issue 4 Review
Writer: Brian Hawkins
Art: Marco Perugini
Letters: 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.
Black Cotton issue 4 continues the highly emotional journey that this comic has been on throughout its run, this time centring on the Cottons’ smear campaign against Elizabeth’s name. We will be privy to all the slander, targeting, private life invasion that Elizabeth has to live through, all the while still trying to recover from being shot. We also continue the story development for Xavier Cotton as he fights against the privilege afforded him and his family.
Brian Hawkins is, for me, a writer on fire right now. Black cotton is a phenomenal series and it should be a staple inclusion on everyone's pull list. Brian once again delivers an emotional issue but this time from the point of view of the victim of the initial shooting, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is an up and coming track star with a scholarship and a bright future. This is all put into serious doubt by the shooting and the resulting smear campaign by the Cottons, enacted by them to reduce the hatred towards the family by tarnishing Elizabeth’s name by bringing into light her private life which could be viewed as questionable at least. Brian has a distinct ability to show characters emotions with exquisite writing. Reading this issue, and those proceeding it, I become one with the character, feeling every worry, each tear and every moment of rage. This heightens the reading experience and for me is one of the true highlights of the series.
The art is once again fascinating to look at, the black and white display of panels is absolutely exquisite and perfect for the comic series and it’s message. Character emotions are the focus in this issue and Marco has done a stellar job of conveying each emotion through each character skilfully. My particular favourite panels were the later panels in which Elizabeth flicks through a series of emotions in rapid succession. The artwork never slips, always in keeping with the writing and emotions of each scene.
Black Cotton issue 4 is a superb continuation of the societal, thought provoking comic that should be on everyone's pull lists if it's not already. With expert writing and adaptive artwork, issue 4 sets up issue 5 in an incredibly emotional way.
“‘Cause it don’t feel like it. It feels like you’re judging me--blaming me! It’s--It’s my life that's over, Gary. Mine!” - Elizabeth Nightingale