Saturday, July 22, 2017
100 Days Of The King - Day 63
The Black Racer is arguably the oddest part of the Fourth World. Sgt.Willie Walker becomes the alter ego of the Black Racer after the enigmatic figure finds the paralyzed Vietnam veteran and fuses with him.
The Racer appears to be the impending presence of death itself, appearing to chase those who are about to die and even takes after the beaming Lightray himself at one point. Ultimately the role of the Black Racer is left unclear as the sage comes to an abrupt halt.
I always assumed, for whatever reason, that the bright blue, red and gold armor the Racer wears was a mistake. He is the "Black Racer" after all and that leaves only the color of his skin and his grim mission to justify his name. Later incarnations have made the armor darker, which is probably a good choice.