Review VO – Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands # 1

New mini-series this week. In six issues, the latter will stage Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce. Like Bane: Conquest, we find none other than the screenwriter behind the first appearance of the character at the controls: Tony Isabella. An opportunity to give visibility to an unknown character who will soon be adapted to small screen. This mini-series seems to want to attack head-on the daily problems that some Americans face, all with a point of view rather down-to-earth if one believes the summary. So, what is it really? A family at the service of an unused political purposeThe number begins with action and then slowly sets the plot. If a good part of the number is used to introduce and characterize the villain (we will return), the rest can develop Pierce, freshly returned to Cleveland, and his family, who is aware (haha, not on purpose) of the double life of the hero. It is therefore with a solid dynamic that Isabella manages to highlight certain facts of society via the members of this family. From the discrimination of women to that of blacks, the screenwriter seeks to denounce many things through the characters. There is a kind of "catalog" effect of denunciations that is quite artificial. I think it's a little too supported to be properly appreciated. We go from the dangerous omnipresence of mobile phones and social networks in the daily life of the inhabitants, to the man who thinks the woman unable to cope with a delicate situation, to the policeman who draws quickly when he sees a black man in, finally, too little of pages. It's a listing without real thinking behind. It's a shame because there is potential. Nevertheless the cliffhanger allows us to hope for a better development of some of these themes, including the discrimination suffered by blacks from the police, which is still relevant.Keep, for the record, Black Lightning is the first black character major of DC Comics. But originally it had to be a certain Black Bomber, a white racist who became black under stress. An idea very quickly abandoned, I think you have a little idea of ​​the reason.A hero, a foe and a simple contextJefferson Pierce is a hero who returns after a long period of absence. The people of Cleveland have, for the most part, forgotten about it (a bit like readers finally) even if one wonders how that is possible. He faces a new wave of very heavily armed enemies. If the reader knows from the start who is behind all this, our hero knows absolutely nothing and it will be interesting to see him come to the end. It's pretty down-to-earth in the unfolding and regarding the context of the story. There's a little vibe under the red hood, be it at the character level or the plot level, and it's really nice. Small references to Batman or Flash here and there tell us that everything is going well in the classic DC universe but, except surprise in the following numbers, it will be limited to narrate the story of Pierce and his fight to Cleveland without any incursion of another DCU character. Everything seems well controlled. To return to the aspect Under the Red Hood, this feeling is strongly due to the enemy presented in this issue: Tobias Whale. The parallel with Black Mask is quite obvious: the city's crime boss, cold-blooded murders and even the phlegmatic secretary. Everything is there with the difference that here, it is he who leads the dance. The fact that this villain is relatively unknown allows the screenwriter to do what he wants and therefore surprise us. Indeed, the character will be a key element of the success, or not, of the mini-series. It should especially avoid falling into caricature. For now, this issue presents a Whale well characterized, intimidating and dangerous, hoping that it continues as well.An artistic part of the most classicAt our drawings, we find Clayton Henry, who officiates here in a satisfactory mainstream. If the illustrations are not striking, the representation of the action and the lambda life of the protagonists is successful. Without much pretension but more than enough to portray a realistic world. There is not really much to say except that it is correct. Finally this mini-series starts very well. We find an experienced hero back in a city that has forgotten. We follow him in his daily life, his adventures and his relations with his family. Very pleasant, whether in the early development of characters or action scenes, it remains however a political statement which, if it is not devoid of interest, remains without real reflection and is satisfied with a simple listing that does not allow to develop anything for the moment. Nevertheless, the potential is there. Mini-series to follow.What you think … CONNECT TO GIVE YOUR OPINION! Sort by: Most RecentMain ScoreMost UsefulPrevious ScoreBe the first to give your opinion. {{{review.rating_title}}} See more

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