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Black Lightning in a Bottle
Gaming Editor Roshni Patel gives her first impressions of Netflix's Black Lightning, their latest import from The CW's Arrowverse
Following Marvel’s success with their Netflix hero Luke Cage, comes the latest comic book adaptation of a hero of colour, Black Lightning. Plucked from the DC universe and created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning is a refreshing change from the majority of the DC comics previously brought to life and integrated into the Arrowverse by The CW. From the beginning they pulled no punches for political correctness, boldly showing racial biases and the anger and fear they incited in the characters.
“From the beginning they pulled no punches for political correctness, boldly showing racial biases and the anger and fear they incited in the characters
“However, what makes Jefferson Pierce an interesting superhero, is he’s nothing like the others in the Arrowverse
This show is a must watch, not only is it great to see such show which has so many African-American characters, but it's also such a refreshing change from the typical TV masked crusader. The first episode finishes brilliantly, allowing for later developments in the comics to be drawn in from the beginning, instead of painstakingly dropping hints until the midseason finale. The only flaw with the premiere was that it focussed so much on the Pierce family and Pierce’s strong independant daughters, that the villains just didn't get the screen time they needed to establish themselves. With Netflix releasing episodes every Tuesday, there will surely be time for all of the characters to develop further, to create a show that could easily rival Luke Cage and the rest of the Arrowverse shows.