Arron Day, aka Blackjack, is an African-American soldier of fortune battling powerful enemies, the ghosts of his past, and the bigotry of his times. It is the 1930s. A good time for a dark hunter.
In Tokyo, 1935, Blackjack has taken on a dangerous mission. His assignment is to protect a Japanese dignitary who is haunted by a terrible secret and marked for death by those who are driving his country toward world war. Blackjack is soon pitted against spies, rebels, lies, bigotry, a secret order of warlords, and an elite force of the Japanese army. Before long Arron is battling not only to save his client, but also an innocent who will change his life, forever. This is an beautifully illustrated, nonstop action-adventure tale rich with history, human drama, and some exciting extras! Cover by Brian Stelfreeze. Full color. 104 pages.
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Alex Simmons - Creator/writer, is no overnight success. Prior to BLACKJACK, Simmons wrote a number of juvenile mysteries, under a variety of pseudonyms for many well-known publishers; three children's books for Disney. He also created the "Clue Kids" series, for Troll. Simmons also wrote several stage plays, including "Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello" which received critical praise from the Amsterdam News, and the NY Times; and three biographies for Steck-Vaughn, including one on Denzel Washington. Simultaneous to writing and publishing BLACKJACK, Simmons is also authoring two original novels, "FUTURE FLASH" a sci-terror tale, and "THE RAVEN LEAGUE," the adventures of six street urchins who get involved in exciting and dangerous mysteries in Sherlock Holmes' London. As if that wasn't enough, he also wrote 12 interactive mysteries for Tiger Toys new electronic game, "Who Done It," which received three awards.Review:
"One of the wonderful things about this book [Blackjack: Blood and Honor]is that it isn't a black book, per se. While it does feature a strong, positive, black lead, its focus and themes are universal ...
Nothing is what it seems at first glance in the world of Blackjack ...
Explosions, shoot-outs, martial arts and endless chase scenes through the streets of Japan and even on top of a moving train ... If you're a fan of high adventure, you owe it to yourself to check out this book ..." -- Joe Doughrity, Don MacPherson, Psylum.com
I love comics/graphic novels that use genuine history as a playing field, and Blackjack: Blood and Honor is one of the best integrations of comics action and history I've seen in a long while.
The story is set in the mid-1930s, when fascism was gearing up to take over the world. In this comic, we meet one guy who risks his neck to see that it doesn't.
Enter Arron Day, an African-American freelance mercenary who's seen real evil in all its guises so many times, it's simply become part of the everyday scenery. He's faced racial prejudice the world over and has witnessed every conceivable example of man's inhumanity to man -- and worse, to children.
Now Day, a.k.a. Blackjack, gets to take a trip to Tokyo, and it's not to sample the tempura. He's been hired as a bodyguard for a Japanese statesman called Oshio, who happens to be at odds with the current regime. Naturally the powers-that-be want Oshio pushing up bonsai trees, and they won't think twice about using Blackjack for some additional fertilizer. That's where the action begins, and it doesn't let up until the last page. Blackjack is one bad dude, but is he bad enough to take on the Japanese equivalent to the Gestapo?
Don't worry, this is not simply an Indiana Jones-as-a-black-guy clich. It's a rip-stitch period-piece thriller that delves into real prewar history that ultimately affected all of our lives. Blackjack is not a superhero, he's a real hero, one of a rare few who faced some truly grim odds to do the right thing. (There's actually some serious evidence that guys like this really existed!)
I like my action served up straight but with brains and relevant social issues thrown into the mix. Blackjack: Blood and Honor delivers the goods. -- Edward Lee, Next Planet Over.com, Jan, 2000
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Book Description Dark Angel Productions, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110967634105