Angel Luis Colón’s Blacky Jaguar Against The Cool Clux Cult (Shotgun Honey) opens as any Blacky story should with a bar fight. The latest installment of Colón’s A Song of Piss and Vinegar series has Blacky, sadly sans pompadour, fighting over the merits of CCR and, of course, on the run from all the law enforcement agencies.
After the opening salvo of busted heads and missing teeth, Colón takes Blacky on a different journey that the comic-book-craziness of last year’s The Fury of Blacky Jaguar. On his way to Graceland, Blacky goes to a small Tennessee town to do a favor for Brodie, an ex-FBI agent and now barber. Orchestrating some BLM-like protests, Brodie works with a young woman Erica who was brutally beaten by police in the prior year and he needs help from Blacky with a small bunch of violent racists and a hacker named neilDATASStyson.
While Colón’s The Fury of Blacky Jaguar is all fun and games, Blacky Jaguar Against the Cool Clux Cult is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. In Blacky Jaguar Against The Cool Clux Cult, Colón adds more flesh to the story surrounding Blacky as well as to Blacky himself taking him from a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am figure to a more substantial character. This is Colón’s third book and he is explore the darker ideas of American life, but no worries as he still weaves them with violent outlandishness that we expect from a Blacky book.