Black Lightning Cold Dead Hands #2
Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Clayton Henry
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Issue #2 of Black Lightning was a pleasure to look at and read, but it really hit home for me. I am African American/Mexican, and I can’t help but think about some of the same things Jefferson Pierce thinks about in this issue. There are two instances in this issue where the issue of race is brought up, and in those two instances, I would’ve had the same thoughts he had. First, he knows that the media is portraying him as a scary black man. Has the media forgotten that he is a hero? These thoughts are going through his head as he is trying to break up a robbery. And secondly, he questions whether the white drug dealer would have been treated the same if he were black. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but I constantly think about things like this because of how the media portrays people of color in the media. There was more to this issue than just the topic of race, and one the things that stood out to me was the issue of gun violence.
Jefferson Pierce is trying his best to rid the streets of these new sci-fi guns, but no one will wants to speak up. This does change though because he finally has someone give up a name, and that name is Tobias Whale. He wants to push his guns on the streets as quickly as possible just so that he can make some fast money. And he does, but it leads to a real tragedy toward the end of the issue. This issue deals with the issues of race and gun violence and don’t mind these issues being brought up in a comic book.
Black Lightning #2 pushed the plot forward while also talking about some real world issues. Some people may not like those things being in their comics, but I don’t mind at all. I am sad this is only a limited series, but I’ll take it. Everyone should definitely be reading this because of the story, art, and some of the real world issue it tries to address.