Tales Of The Astonishing Black Spark

A TSL Book Review

“Heroes are only heroic in the full light of day. In the dark, where all things are beautiful and unkind, the gray lot of us are bare.”

When Donald McDougal gets struck by lightning, everything changes. Before, he was working at a crappy job but dating the girl of his dreams who broke up with him. And after? Well, he wakes up from the lightning strike in the hospital with gray hair, a killer body, and superpowers; specifically the ability to manipulate electricity. Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, by Charlie J. Eskew, is about Donald’s journey as a superhero and his scheme to get rich and famous.

Nerd alert. This book is totally for the nerds. If you like comics or sci-fi, then like me, you’ll totally love the explanations of superpowers and the references to basically ALL of the major fandoms. Plus there are also really dope and important convos about race, politics, and just being Black in America.

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I wrote a #book, and as of today it is officially published. I wouldn't have been able to do it without quite a few people. I wouldn't have been able to do it if I hadn't had the love and support of my family both blood and otherwise. And, more literally, I couldn't have dreamed the day without my own personal superhero, my mother Vicky J. Smith. I'm filled with something like marvel, something like disbelief, something like the finality of a beggining or the start of one- can't really say I know. I'm filled with appreciation mostly, for @lfpbooks , for you, for anyone who has supported in one way or another. Thank you, and go buy my fu**ing book, please. Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark #AstonishingSpark #bookstagram #blackspeculativefiction #blackbookstagram #Satire #superherofiction #midwestauthors #booktube #columbus #ThankYou

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This book made me laugh. It made me miss the kid I used to be; buried in comics, watching X-Men reruns, cheering for Rogue, looking in the mirror and imagining I was Colossus. I liked the book a lot, but it breaks the fourth wall constantly, meaning Donald talks directly to the reader pretty frequently. It’s a technique that I usually just don’t like because it reminds me that I’m reading a story. I prefer characters just go ahead with the story and pretend the reader doesn’t exist. BUT I totally get why the author wrote it that way–it’s a pretty common technique in comics: the characters straight up talk to the reader. And since this book is inspired by the author’s love of comics, I totally get why the fourth wall gets broken so much.

Overall, I STRONGLY suggest this book for those who love comics, sci-fi, and overall geekiness. I can’t wait to see what Eskew creates in the future.

*Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Written by TrueStar Staff

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