2019 brought many great moments to the superhero genre. Some would say that Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame was the best thing offered up that year. I challenge this notion. At the end of 2019, HBO’s Watchmen came out of nowhere and blew away all competition. It quickly garnered critical praise and became one of the most subversively entertaining shows. Picking up years after the events of the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, Watchmen not only tantalizes with a complex narrative, but it also tackles heavy themes such as race. This show also sports a roster of compelling characters, none of which are more compelling than our final feature in #BlackSuperheroMonth, Angela Abar aka Sister Night.
On Christmas Eve 2016, the lives of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department changed forever. What would be known as The White Night, 40 members of the police department would be attacked in their homes by a group known as the Seventh Kavalry. There were few survivors and Officer Angela Abar was lucky enough to be one of them. That night changed how police would operate within Tulsa. From then on, officers were able to wear vigilante-style masks and adopt codenames while operating. Faking her retirement from the force and dawning a hooded jacket, scarf, and eye paint, Angela took the codename of Sister Night.
As an officer Angela goes above and beyond, operating the more amoral side of things. Due to the White Night she does have a personal vendetta against the Seventh Kavalry, however, she always works to be on the side of justice. Utilizing her superior fighting skills and her honed detective training after years of being on the force, Angela’s journey in the show is a series of twists and turns marred with multiple revelations that dynamically affect both her personal and professional life.
Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.