Black speculative fiction – whether literary, visual, or musical – has always been ready to remix influence from East Asian sci-fi, way ahead of the mainstream. I was reminded of this when I came across Universouls, a project headed by Berelson and Binta Talla, two black creatives based in Paris.
Inspired by a chance hair-do at a video shoot, where Berelson’s hair was styled to resemble a certain character from a fairly well known anime (it might help if you imagine me winking heavily as you read that), Universouls is a collaboration around two new characters, named Emanon X and the mysterious black woman superhero.
From the release statement:
The only thing we know about Emanon X is his superpowers. He woke up as a
young adult, with no memory of his past, like if it’s been erased or he suffered
from amnesia. He learns to master his super powers and skills: energy, night &
long distance vision with his right eye, telekinesis.
Some bad guys and creatures are after him, trying to eliminate him. He’s said to
be the last one of unique race.
Emanon X’s quest to his past will help him understand better who he is, his
original name, where he got his superpowers from, and his mission. Emanon X
is his code name, because of his amnesia. Emanon = “No Name” reversed (read
from right to left), and X is a a reference to the unknown, X-men, And even
During his quest, he will meet a mysterious woman with superpowers too,
coming from another universe.
He has no information about her. Both of them just feel and know they have to
help each other on their respective quests. The rest is the hands of the destiny!
Mysterious Black Women Superhero
Who is she? Where is she from? Which are her superpowers?
You will have to stay tuned to discover the universe of this mysterious and
All we know about her, is that she is really charismatic, her strength remains in her silence and her listening skills.
She also has amazing superpowers. Maybe you can start guessing by checking
the details on the photographs…
She is inspired by her creator’s personality: Binta Talla.
Her name…not available yet.
I caught up with Binta Talla for more insight into her work.