- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (November 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401221696
- ISBN-13: 978-1401221690
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Lightning Year One Paperback – November 24, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Jen Van Meter wrote a very good story. This updated version of Black Lightning's origin was handled so superbly, you couldn't tell that it was written by a White Female from Portland Oregon.
Jefferson Pierce's characterization was great and he didn't come off as a Blaxploitation character or a token superhero (as he is now a member of the Justice League, way to go). His struggles as a teacher and Father/Husband living in and wanting to change the crime ridden Suicide Slum district of Metropolis is handled greatly and shows that iif Big Blue (Superman) can't be everywhere, there are others in his stead that would step up ( with great power comes great responsibility and all).
Cully Hamner's art captures everything and everyone with such brilliance that I am glad he was one of the artists chosen for this project (as it seems that books of little fanfare in comics often get a bad artist). I've been a fan of his work for years (I think Red is still one of the best written and drawn stories in years.) it's great to see that he hasn't chosen to languish in the life of just being a concept or cover artist when he can entertain us with great panel art.
The colors are magnificent and accent Mr. Hamner's art superbly.
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Initially, this story of why Black Lightning emerges comes off as cliched in the sense that it is no different from others told: when white politicians and white heroes overlook the needs of an under-served community, a black hero emerges to save it. A plot twist in the story, fortunately, reveals the true nature of all the chaos in the neighborhood, bringing a supernatural element into the picture and saving what might have turned out to be a boring story.