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Comic Book / Black & White (Image Comics)

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Black & White is a 1994 and 1996 superhero miniseries by Image Comics. The 1996 storyline ran only for one issue before going on hiatus.

In the first run, the crooked businessman Jake Chang has the Hong Kong heiress Whitney Samsung falsely committed to an asylum. Spy turned vigilante Reed Blackett decides to help Whitney take down Chang, hoping to avert as much bloodshed as he can in the process. Teaming up as "Black & White", the two work to sabotage Chang's plans for world domination.

In the second run, "Codename: Black & White'', Black's organization, MI-10, tries to re-recruit him for another mission. Black refuses, and then he and white encounter a horde of the undead in the cemetery where his father is buried.


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  • Corporate Warfare: Chang is introduced leading an attack on a brewery in order to access the weapons underneath, having all of the employees slaughtered. It is noted that this is the second time that Chang has had the facility raided.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Chang is the CEO of Phoenix World Enterprises, who is involved in several illegal activities, including murder and fraud.
  • Electric Torture: Chang tortures White's uncle in a bid to make him sign over the latter's inheritance.
  • Faking the Dead: Chang faked his own death and resurfaced as the head of a major corporation.
  • He Knows Too Much: Chang orders his henchmen to run a reporter off the road to silence her when she confronts him over his illegal activities.
  • Man on Fire: Chang had burned White's family alive when she was ten years old
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  • Our Zombies Are Different: In the second run, the zombies are the kind that rise from graves, but the series is cut short before it can be revealed whether their bites are infectious.
  • Refusal of the Call: Black does not want to accept MI-10's mission for him in the second run.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Chang dies due to a gas leak in his own armored robot.
  • Take Over the World: Chang wishes to dominate the world and bend it to his will.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Black has an aversion to killing which developed after his father's death, and a career as a spy, which required him to use lethal methods as needed.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: Black is a cultured individual who used to work in intelligence.
  • Walking Tank: Chang has a slew of armored walking vehicles at his disposal which he intends to use to conquer the world.
  • You Killed My Father: White wants to kill Chang for slaughtering her family.