Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 Review

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Clayton Henry
Colorist: Pete Pantazis

If you have never read a Black Lightning comic before, please don’t let that stop you from reading this issue.  I had never read an issue before this one, and it didn’t stop me from enjoying it.  This first issue tells you all you need to know about Black Lightning. He’s a teacher and crime fighter, he’s been away for a little awhile, and things are a bit different now that he’s returned. One of the things that has changed since he’s been away is the relationship police have with superheroes, and it hasn’t changed for the better.  The police are really divided and Tony Isabella does a great job of highlighting this in the issue. Detective Tommi Colavito stands behind Black Lightning and she is also a strong female lead which is something that really stood out.

Tommi Colavito was a pleasure to read and hope to get more of her throughout this miniseries. She’s a woman of color, strong leader, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  She still has faith in Black Lightning even if some on the police force don’t.  Even when her faith is slightly shaken at the end of the issue, she still believes in him.  Tommi Colavito is no push over and can’t wait to see the role she will play in this miniseries.

Black Lightning Cold Dead Hands #1 is a must buy.  The writing is stellar because it introduces Black Lightning while telling a new story, and the dialogue is just a joy throughout the issue.  From the sport references, humor, and even the issues with the police.  Clayton Henry and Pete Pantazis do a phenomenal job on art and this book is a joy to look at.  I wish DC would make more comics like this, but for now I’ll just get my fix with Black Lightning.