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Cool Reads: February 2022

Just when I thought I was making massive progress on my pile of Cool Reads (aka books, comic books and graphic novels that I have purchased but never read), I found a WHOLE bookshelf full of more Cool Reads. Yeah, so...I may have to adapt my plans for how this and future 'Cool Reads' installments are presented. With that in mind, I'm just going to be listing what I've read this month, as opposed to reviewing each title. A good friend of mine though has encouraged me to include the covers of the Cool Reads because 'it helps for identification purposes'. Plus, the cover art is amazing so yeah, it might take me longer to post but it will be worth it in the long run.


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Iyanu: Child of Wonder (Book 1)

Creative Team: Roye Okupe with Godwin Akpan

From the back cover: "Iyanu, a teenage orphan with no recollection of her past, suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the ancient deities spoken of in the folklore of her people. It is these abilities that are the key to bringing back an 'age of wonders', as Iyanu begins her journey to save a world on the brink of destruction! The Corrupt - cursed wildlife and strange, diving beasts - are determined to destroy humanity, unless Iyanu can stop them.

Dark Horse Books and YouNeek Studios are proud to present a shared universe of fantasy and superhero stories inspired by African history, culture and mythology - created by the best Nigerian comics talent!"

Discovered at: Blackbird Comics & Coffeehouse, Maitland, FL

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ABINA and the Important Men: A Graphic History

Creative Team: Trevor R. Getz, Liz Clarke

From the inside fold: "Winner of the James Harvey Robinson Prize from the American Historical Association - and widely acclaimed by educators and students - Abina and the Important Men, Second Edition, is a compelling and powerfully illustrated "graphic history" based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman named Abina, who was wrongfully enslaved and took her case to court. The book is a microhistory that does much more than simply depict an event in the past; it uses the power of illustration to convey important themes in world history and to reveal the processes by which history is made.

The story of Abina Mansah - a woman 'without history' who was wrongfully enslaved, escaped to British-controlled territory, and then took her former master to court - takes place in the complex world of the Gold Coast at the onset of late nineteenth-century colonialism. Slavery becomes a contested ground, as cultural practices collide with an emerging wage economy and British officials turn a blind eye to the presence of underpaid domestic workers in the households of African merchants. The main scenes of the story take place in the courtroom, where Abina strives to convince a series of 'important men' - a British judge, two Euro-African attorneys, and a jury of local leaders - that her experiences and perceptions matter. 'Am I free?' Abina inquires. Throughout both the court case and the flashbacks that dramatically depict her life in servitude, both the defendants and members of the court strive to 'silence' Abina and to impose their own understandings and meanings upon her."

Recommended Age: 16 and Up

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The Silence of Our Friends

Creative Team: Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, Nate Powell

From the back cover: "In 1960s Texas, a white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston's color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman. The Silence of Our Friends draws from the childhood of Mark Long, who with coauthor Jim Demonakos, has created a powerful portrait of a volatile moment in US history. Art from the brilliant Nate Powell (The March trilogy, Swallow Me Whole) brings the take to heart-wrenching life."

Recommended Age: 16 and Up

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Black Panther: A Nation Under our Feet (Book 1)

Creative Team: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Laura Martin, VC's Joe Sabino

From the back cover: "T'Challa confronts a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before! When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. As suicide bombers terrorize the population, T'Challa struggles to unite his citizens and a familiar villain steps out of the shadows. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt - but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy hangs the head that wears the cowl!"

Collecting Black Panther (2016) #1-4

Recommended Age: 14 and Up

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda

Creative Team: Roxanne Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alitha E. Martinez, Roberto Poggi, Rachelle Rosenberg

From the back cover: "You know them as thee Midnight Angels, the breakout characters from Ta-Nehisi Coates' best-selling Black Panther. But before they became rebel leaders, they were just Ayo and Aneka - young women recruited into the Dora Milaje, an elite task force sworn to protect Wakanda's crown. But what if their burgeoning love for each other interferes with that oath? And when the crown fails to protect Wakanda's people, are Ayo and Aneka ready to step up - even at the cost of their own lives? Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State, teams with MacArthur Fellow Coates to tell a love story as tender as it is brutal. "

Collecting Black Panther: World of Wakanda (2017) #1-6

Recommended Age: 14 and Up

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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Creative Team: Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy, John Jennings

From the back cover: "Finally. A graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's mold-smashing science fiction book Kindred. Can you believe it? And created by visual mad scientists John Jennings and Damian Duffy to boot? Fantastic. To see Butler's work presented in this way is deliciously harrowing. The very medium of the graphic novel already electrifies words and images. Tell one of Octavia's most immersive, relatable tales through this medium, and you have fire. This is an exciting moment in storytelling. Octavia Butler, Level 2: Buckle your seat belt. Still your mind. Kindred makes the old new, and in doing so brings back the sting. - Nnedi Okorafor, from her introduction"

Recommended Age: 18 and Up

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Black: Vol 1

Creative Team: Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Sarah Litt, Robin Riggs, Derwin Roberson, David Sharpe, Matt Pizzolo

From the back cover: "In a world that already hates and fears them, what if only black people had superpowers? After being gunned down by police, Kareem Jenkins miraculously survives and learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history - only black people have superpowers. Now he must decide whether it's safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free."

Collecting the Kickstarter-crushing and critically-acclaimed series Black #1-6.

Recommended Age: 16 and Up

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Akissi: Tales of Mischief

Creative Team: Marguerite Abouet, Mathieu Sapin

From the back cover: "What do flying sheep, super-missiles, and grandmother-attacking coconuts have in common? One feisty little girl! Join Akissi and friends as they get up to all sorts of antics around their town in the Ivory Coast. There's loads of fun to be had... as long as they manage to stay out of trouble!"

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

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Miles Morales: Spiderman

Creative Team: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, Chris Samnee, David Marquez, David Messina, Justin, Ponsor, VC's Cory Petit

From the back cover: "When Peter Parker Falls, the world needs a Spider-Man, and young Miles Morales takes up the mantle! Before Peter died, Miles was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school. Then, a spider's bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers. Now, Miles has been thrus into a world he doesn't understand, with only gut instinct, his well-intentioned best friend Ganke and a little thing called responsibility as his guides. But what was the story behind the spider that bit him? How is Miles going to get his hands on a cool new costume? And is ther any way he can be ready to face the deadly sting of the Scorpion? Find out if Miles Morales can live up to the legacy of Spider-Man!"

Collecting Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1-10.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

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Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor

Creative Team: Nathan Hale, Chad W. Beckerman

From the back cover: "Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware. After years of backbreaking labor and the constant threat of being sold and separated from her family, she escaped and traveled north to freedom. Once there, she changed her name to Harriet Tubman. As an 'abductor' on the Underground Railroad, she risked her life helping countless slaves escape to freedom."

Recommended Age: 14 and Up

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Creative Team: Delilah S. Dawson, Matias Basla, Rebecca Nalty, Jim Campbell

From the back cover: "As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemisia has never fit in with her father's family, nor the hight class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to fight her way back home, amongst evil fairies who want her head, and untrustworthy allies that claim solidarity but have ulterior motives."

Recommended Age: 14 and Up

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