Paste Magazine reviews Hot Comb

“Required Reading: Comics for 6/19/2019” / Paste Magazine / Steve Foxe / June 18, 2019

It’s an understatement to say that Black creators, especially Black women, are underrepresented and undervalued in comics, from mainstream super-heroics to the often-insular indie world. Hot Comb by cartoonist Ebony Flowers zeroes in on the sort of intrinsically Black experience that the industry is finally starting to acknowledge, with a glimpse into a Black beauty salon and the stories and gossip shared over perms and other treatments. In the titular tale, a young girl tries to change her hairstyle to avoid accusations of being “too white” for her new, predominantly Black neighborhood, allowing Flowers to interrogate intersections of race, class and identity with a perspective that is vital in comics, now more than ever.

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