Every superhero is cursed with a devilish adversary that somehow undermines his or her core strength. Think of Batman and the Joker, for example (or Wonder Woman and Ares). And so it is with Jet and Iridium, two super friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
Jet controls shadow, Iridium controls light, and neither one can control the other. What a shame. Together they would have made a dynamic duo, but politics, secret agendas, and misunderstandings conspire to keep them apart.
The authors are trying to tell a story of absolutes (thus the title of the book). But at the same time, they’re also interested in the gray areas that lie between right and wrong (and thus the title of the sequel, Shades of Gray). Overall they do a pretty good job. More than anything, however, Black and White is about two superwomen and their complex personal relationship. And that, unequivocally, is a powerful thing.
[Black and White / By Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge / First Printing: June 2009 / ISBN: 9780553386318]