Strange Fruit #3

Written by J.G. Jones and Mark Waid
Drawn by J.G. Jones
Published by Boom! Studios

PREVIOUSLY: Strange Fruit #2

SIX MONTHS LATER, the third issue of this 4 issue miniseries has finally been published. I wish I could say that it was worth the wait but…well, that would be lying. Like I said last time, I probably would have dropped it after the 2nd issue if it were an ongoing, or even a longer miniseries, but figured since this was only due to be 4 issue and that was halfway through it, I might as well stick with it.

In this 3rd issue, we still learn virtually nothing about the big strong naked Black man who landed in the spaceship. He still doesn’t talk, or appear to understand English. Some of the poor Black folks in town are shown in Church believing him to be a divine messenger from God. But the local White folks are convinced he’s some kind of demon. And since there’s a little White boy on town who has gone missing since the day the Black man, whom folks are calling The Colossus due to his size and strength, has appeared, this is causing race relations in the town to boil over worse than usual. And while the townspeople occupied with all that, they’re ignoring the very real threat of the about-to-burst levees, which could wipe them all out. Soon a mob is trying to track down a Black man named Sonny, known for being a “troublemaker” (read: uppity). And this is all ends on a cliffhanger, which is supposed to be dramatic, but, like I said before, I just have no reason to care about any of the characters, including the supposed lead. The book looks nice, so I’ll credit J.G. Jones for that, but the story doesn’t match it. I can’t find much to recommend about this book.



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