black superheroes

Little girls like mine need and desire to see characters who look like them and are the stars of the show. My girls have often expressed their joy when they see a character of color, exclaiming, "Mom! She's brown like me!" Their excitement is saddening, because it's a rarity.
DC Comic's "The New 52," as the launch is being called, has given us a rarity, three books with Black characters as the lead. I decided to take a look at the first issues of these books and see how they stack up.
When I was young, the only Black comic book characters I could remember were an African princess, an African king and a jive-talkin' ex-con. At the time, I didn't think it was a problem that there wasn't anyone for me to identify with.