Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra, a graphic novel series from Alex Simmons, tells the story of Arron Day, known also as Blackjack, a Black soldier with an unrelenting dedication to restore honor to his family. Set in 1930s Cairo, Arron recruits a team of experts and mercenaries to seek vengeance against a terrorizing warlord known as The Cobra.
Blackjack is an expansive story, with rich illustrations and a skillfully crafted storyline, along with characters full of detail and depth. What’s most enjoyable is the expansiveness. Simmons has created a series that truly gives the sense of stepping into another space and time as you follow the story. You are a true passenger in this vast journey, watching Arron and Co. use their expertise to bring down this elusive criminal. With their refreshing nuance and dynamism, it’s easy to invest in the characters.
Within this fantastical world, there is still a very real depiction of social justice issues, including the racism Arron experiences as he carries out his mission, along with the sexism martial arts fighter Maryam endures from foes. The visibility of characters of color, particularly with dimensionality, adds to this series in such an important way.
If you haven’t checked out this amazing and epic adventure, you’re missing out. Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra is being reprinted by Dover Publications with exclusive bonus material, for release on July 15.
About Alex Simmons
Blackjack creator Alex Simmons is a freelance writer, teaching artist, and public speaker as well as an arts and education consultant. The author of more than 17 young adult novels, he is the co-creator of an African-American hero for DC Comics’ Batman books and has chronicled several tales of Scooby-Doo.
Blackjack is available for pre-order on Amazon