Top 10 Black Superheroes You Can Watch Now

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10 Black Superheroes You Can Watch Now

By: Princess Dominiko

However, with everyone focusing on the idea of a black spider-man film, many are forgetting that or don’t even realize that there’s a number of black, comic book heroes that already exist and that have already made it to either the silver or big screen. Therefore, we present to you the top 10 black, comic book heroes that deserve more recognition: 

Black Manta

When it was announced that not only would Aquaman be getting his own standalone film, but that  Black Manta would be featured in it, black and white fans, alike,  couldn’t buy tickets fast enough. Black Manta initially started as Aquaman’s arch-nemesis when the hero ​​refused to help him after being kidnapped and forced to work with the waterway.

However, in later comics, readers were given the opportunity to sympathize with him when he noted that his quest for finding a home for his “people” as a means to allow black people to at least thrive in the sea, “Not that racism is my motive – there’s no profit in prejudice – but since blacks have been suppressed for so long on the surface, they fight well for a chance to be ‘masters’ below,” he said.

The Green Lantern

The Green Lantern has been known to assume various monikers, including Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Simon Baz. And despite the different names and varying qualities inherent in these characters, each iteration of the hero was white. Thus, it wasn’t until the hero bared the name Jon Stewart in Green Lantern Vol. 2, #87 in December 1971 that he was depicted as a black, crime-fighting hero. The creators of this version of the green hero also authentically depict him as a black man. For example, readers are initially introduced to him when he is arguing about the lack of respect police have for his civil liberties. 

Vixen

In the case of this comic book hero, it seems as if fiction was imitating reality since the black character was silenced before she could even open her mouth. This is to say that while Vixen was initially supposed to be the first African, female DC superhero to have her own series, the first issue of her series was canceled. Nevertheless, “she persisted” and came out later in 1981 in Action Comics, where she showed off her incredible powers, as the possessor of the abilities of all animals. 

Amanda Waller

While the jury is still out on whether the morally ambiguous leader, Amanda Waller, is a hero or not, what’s clear is that she will do whatever it takes to complete her mission. For instance, she’s first introduced to audiences of Suicide Squad (2016) saying, “I wanna build a team of some very bad people, who I think can do some good.”

And despite her lack of powers, her origin story parallels those of characters that would later be gifted powers to protect the world. After she was left widowed and childless in the Cabrini-Green murders, Waller became a congressional aide and later took the helm of the third version of the Suicide Squad.

Sister Night

One of the, if not the, best black, female superheroes is undoubtedly Sister Night. While being the tender and sweet wife of Cal Abar (aka Doctor Manhattan) in her day-to-day life, she later assumes her vigilante-esque, alter ego, while working as a masked police officer. Despite being an officer, she is fierce and merciless. And while she doesn’t possess superpowers like the aforementioned Amanda Waller, she is capable in her own right as a skilled fighter and expert acrobat. 

Luke Cage

“Barrel of a man” should probably be emblazoned across this hero’s forehead, because his muscles have muscles. Coming in as one of the most powerful, Marvel comic book heroes, with his superhuman strength and highly dense skin and muscle tissue, Luke Cage is an underrated, black superhero.

Though, due to his impenetrable biology, his only weakness can be his emotional sensitivity, but even that is debatable as a weakness, since being in touch with your emotions can be a strength. 

Hancock

Probably one of the more comedic portrayals of a hero, Hancock’s drunken shenanigans and foolish behavior serves to show audiences that having a heroic life sometimes isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Nevertheless, like many hero origin stories, the reason for the way he is, is due to his tragic circumstances. One day, the antihero woke up alone in the hospital, unaware of even the most basic facts of his life, including his name. Still, at the end of his story, Hancock does redeem himself and save those who he cares for most.

The Falcon

While in the Marvel films Sam Wilson always came second to his best friend and superhero Captain America, in the miniseries, “The Falcon and Winter Soldier,” he’s finally allowed to be at the helm of justice. Viewers at home can watch him swoop in and save the lives of numerous civilians with his robotic wings.

They can also witness the American hero allude to the racist history of his country, when he says, “The legacy of that shield is… complicated, to say the least.” For readers that have yet to see the amazing Marvel movies, Captain America’s shield bears the stars and stripes of the American flag, so in saying that the shield’s legacy is complicated, he is referencing various issues black people have had with the flag.  

Kid Flash

Like The Green Lantern, there was a white iteration–Wally West–of Wallace West (aka Kid Flash) before he made it onto the silver screen in CW’s The Flash. In the show, he is also known to be just as powerful as his brother-in-law, Barry Allen, or better yet known as The Flash. While possessing the powers of density and electricity control, as well as the Flash’s speedy talents, Kid Flash gives The Flash a run (pun intended) for his money.

T’Challa

“Wakanda forever!” would be enough words to describe this hero. Born and raised in the fictional, Afrofuturistic country of Wakanda, this cherished character’s rallying cry was quickly shared, retweeted, and screamed into the skies by many proud black viewers of the film. Though the film adaption version of the hero is not as underrated as many on this list, the comic book version of this King is. For instance, before he made his appearance as an expert combatant on the big screen, the character was relatively unknown outside of comic book communities.

Comic books, like all art, have always been a way to escape from the struggles of life, so it is truly a gift to be alive at a time when we can escape to a better world and see ourselves in it.

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