The Black Sinister

A pitch-black tale of a city that lives in fear—not of crime or gangs, but the billionaire vigilante sworn to protect them.

Emerson Black’s superhero identity is no secret: patrolling the night skies as the Black Sinister, he enforces his own brand of psychotic justice, no matter the cost. Joined by his unhinged butler Danby, Emerson protects the citizens of Coal City from kidnappers, gangs, and jaywalkers alike. But who will protect the city from the Black Sinister? And what happens when the mayor hatches a plan to finally rid Coal City of its deranged antihero?

Compared to a lot of hardcore comic fans, I can’t say that I read a lot of comics, but I do read a good amount. From time to time there’s going to be a comic you aren’t a fan of, but could be great for others. Try as I may, by the end of The Black Sinister it just didn’t end up being a book that I connected with.

Almost like a bizarre version of a certain dark knight, the Black Sinister aka Emerson Black is an orphaned superhero often aided by his butler. In his efforts to protect the Coal City citizens though, he has absolutely no restraint and is more a menace than a savoir. When his most recent attempt at stopping a kidnapping ends with the child’s death, the mayor has had enough. Releasing an unstoppable robot to stop the hero, it actually manages to succeed in sending him to the afterlife. The problem is, the machine keeps going until it runs out of power and continues to destroy everything. Fighting his way through a personal hell, Black returns to the land of the living and in a truly heroic sacrifice, takes the robot down and saves the city.

To go with this unusual story came some artwork that was just as strange. Now, strange doesn’t necessarily mean bad, as it does a well enough job feeding our eyes the story. It’s just one of those styles that really does need to be paired with a certain kind of book, and this is definitely it.

While I won’t say I necessarily disliked this book, it’s not one I’d ever bother reading again. Interestingly enough, I really appreciated the scene of Black’s sacrifice, but the rest of the book not so much. Give it a go or not, I really must leave that choice to you, but I won’t try to recommend it.

For more on The Black Sinister or other Dark Horse books, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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