Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Black Lightning comic book is the first ongoing solo series by Tony Bedard. It's written by Dan Jurgens and penciled by Steve Epting. It's scheduled for two ongoing series, with issues #2 coming up in January and #3 in March. Let's take a look at this new Black Lightning series.
The story begins in the future of Chicago, a devastating natural disaster has torn through the city leaving much of the population homeless and scared. As the city deals with life without meaning, the gang called the Black Lightning makes a home for itself. However, after killing its leader, the group decides it needs a new leader and a new agenda. With a new set of beliefs they have formed called "The Cause," they set out to find what caused the disaster and figure out ways to prevent it from happening again.
This ongoing series features the world's best known female superhero, Supergirl. In the modern day, Kara Kent has become the head of a powerful company called "Karaoke Live", but that doesn't keep her from continuing to be haunted by dark forces. In her first appearance, Kara was seriously injured during a subway fight and since then she has been hiding her identity and lifestyle. Recently, Kara escaped from an arranged marriage and is rebuilding her life. Now, in order to learn what happened to her and to possibly save her world, she goes back to Seattle, but when a devastating event takes place there, it forever changes the way she lives...
Bedard has done a great job chronicling the early days of this unique superhero. Although it's clear that he's still trying to find his own voice, this storyline is one of the strongest in the entire series. This book has some fantastic art, which really draws you into the characters. The action is both plentiful and intense, as battles are frequently fought within a few panels. This style is quite different from what most comic book readers are used to, but it works very well here.
Black Lightning continues in the classic tale of Kara Kent, who is the head of a very intriguing company called "Karaoke Live". While Kara and her friends use their station to provide entertainment for others, they quickly find that they have an addictive audience. This is because of the unexpected performances by the live performing artists. One of the most memorable stars of this series is Karen Gaffney, who portrays the lead character, Kara. She brings a powerful presence to the role, especially when she is punching out the bad guys.
The supporting cast is also strong in Black Lightning, which makes the story more entertaining for a comic book fan. Amy Grant, who plays the cynical and cold-hearted villainess named Queen Helia, is well balanced between humor and menace. It's interesting to see her struggle with her relationship with Superman - the only person she trusts.
Mark Waid, who does a wonderful job as an artist, does a good job of combining the reality and fantasy elements of the comic and making them work together. The fight scenes are some of the best of this series, which make the entire issue worth the price of admission. The artwork, which is mostly done in black and gray, is excellent. Waid has a knack for bringing life to objects, and he does an equally good job of drawing the characters involved.
All in all, Black Lightning is a fun and entertaining comic book. It will thrill and entertain the whole family. The most important thing to remember about this comic is that it's written for kids - those who are still young at heart. For anyone older, the story may seem a little childish, but it's all just part of the appeal.