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Comics Syllabus 028 – On Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel); Pull Call

By | December 19th, 2017
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On the “Pull Call” ( 8:22 ), Paul talks about several recent reads, including “Doomsday Clock” #1 (DC, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank), “Extremity” #9 (Image, Daniel Warren Johnson), “Dr. Stone” (Viz’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Riichiro Inigaki and Boichi), and “Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me” (Conundrum, Lorina Mapa). Then, ( 40:15 ) a deep dive into “Black Bolt” by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward from Marvel Comics.

Welcome to the Comics Syllabus podcast, where we read widely and we dig deep. Your host Paul, a literacy researcher and English teacher, introduces curious readers to a range of current and classic comics, and then engages in closer discussion and analysis of particular comics works.


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First, ( at 0:00 ) an Announcement about some changes upcoming for the Comics Syllabus podcast.

Then, on the “Pull Call” ( 8:22 ), Paul briefly discusses some recent reads. Links to preview images discussed are below:

Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank:

Check out Frida Keränen’s annotations:

And the DC3 Cast bonus episode:

And Brian Salvatore’s review:

Preview images are at:

Extremity #9 by Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer (c), Rus Wooton (l):

Dr. Stone in Weekly Shonen Jump by Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi:

Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me by Lorina Mapa:

(error note: Paul misspeaks and discusses Mapa’s story as Filipino-American, but the story takes place in Mapa’s youth spent in the Philippines, before migrating to Canada. Sorry!)


Then, at ( 40:15 ), Paul digs deep into “Black Bolt” by Saladin Ahmed (w) and Christian Ward (a), lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles and edited by Wil Moss. Paul considers how “Black Bolt” functions as a prison narrative, with implications for how readers relate to the character and what resonances the story has.

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SPOILER WARNING!!! Images below from “Black Bolt” discussed in the podcast’s analysis, from issues 2-4.
All art by Christian Ward, letters by Clayton Cowles, written by Saladin Ahmed, from Marvel Comics (2017)

Status Reversal and the Sagging Weight of Prison, issue 3, p. 20:

Powers against the containment of prison, issue 3, p. 12:

Blackagar Boltagon HAHAHAHAHA, issue 2, p. 25:

The Bottle Episode, issue 4, p. 20:

Through layers of hell with Blinky, issue 3 p.16:

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