You Need to Feel to Emote – Radiant Black #4 Analysis |STC 69

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Radiant Black #4 – May 19, 2021

Writer: Kyle Higgins

Artist: Marcelo Costa

Color Assistant: Rod Fernandes

Letterer: Becca Carey

Cover A: Marcelo Costa and Eduardo Ferigato

It was always going to come to this: Radiant Black vs Radiant Red in a knock-down drag-out fight across the city of Lockport! And believe us when we say that after this fight, nothing will ever be the same again. For Lockport or for Radiant Black. We actually mean it.


-Why did it take so long for the Radiant Robot to gain the ability to interface with Nathan? And then it’s able to to carry on after that with Marshall without a problem?


-Radiant Red throwing Nathan through that apartment building was fantastic. That is a fabulous page and a great use of the comics medium. I applaud Costa and the crew for making that scene work so well.


-Something is finally, really, truly happening!


How do you feel about the latest developments? Are you excited? Is this an improvement?



Marshall said it himself, “You need to feel something to emote something.” This book finally got me to feel for these guys. I recently stumbled across a saying regarding storytelling “Meaning creates emotion” and it resonated with me. All the stories I still carry with me are because of the moments where there is this big emotional release do to something meaningful happening between two characters. The context around these people and their actions has to have weight, it has to matter for me to care and feel anything. That’s finally happening here in a profound way. In fact, as I am making these notes, my feelings about this story so far are changing. I think I am starting to really like it.I don’t know how much of a straight-laced superhero story this will be and I am slightly annoyed about the pivot here, but I am excited to see where this goes and how it will be handled. Marshall telling Nathan he lacks vision is nearly villainous. Nathan and Marshall are both flawed protagonists. In his final moments, Nathan proved to be a more noble and more courageous person than he has ever been so far. He died a hero. A hero who relented and chose not to kill an enemy when he had the chance, a hero who who saved everyone he could, even that enemy. When Marshall talks to the Radiant Robot he tells it he is willing to do what he has to, he says he is willing to kill “him.” Based on the dry, technical translation from the Radiant Robot, and based on his state of mind, I suspect Marshall thinks that the him he has to kill is Radiant Red. I don’t think that is actually the case. He would be happy to take vengeance on him I am sure. I hope that is what he wants for now, especially because I suspect they may have to work together to save the planet. That should open lots of possibilities for this story. Marshall has showed us who he is: confrontational, arrogant, grasping, selfish, attention-seeking. He told Nathan he’d probably exploit the Radiant power to enrich himself. Nathan had dreams, but wouldn’t work for them, but when it counted he did what he could to save everyone in reach. Marshall has grand plans, but was just trudging along in life, it seems. Are they the same in that way? What makes the difference between them? I guess we’ll find out as the story continues.

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Kyle Higgins is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author best known for his work on DC Comics’ Batman titles as well as his critically-acclaimed reinventions of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for Boom! Studios and Ultraman for Marvel Comics. RADIANT BLACK is Kyle’s fourth series for Image Comics.



Marcelo Costa is a comic artist and colorist from Brazil who has coloured books such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Firefly for Boom! Studios, Hidden Society for Dark Horse, and SELF/MADE for Image Comics. RADIANT BLACK is Marcelo’s first work for Image Comics as an artist.



Becca Carey is a graphic designer and letterer who has worked on books like Redlands, Vampirella/Red Sonja, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more super secret fun projects to watch out for.



Michael Busuttil is a graphic designer, editor, and podcaster from Sydney, Australia. RADIANT BLACK is his editorial debut.

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