DC Entertainment has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive interview clip from Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella, who spoke with DC All Access recently about his upcoming miniseries Black Lighting: Cold Dead Hands.
The character's first appearance in the post-Rebirth DC Universe, Black Lightning reflects the forthcoming TV series on The CW, with a character who is returning to the role after a hiatus (with his previous career likely being an amalgamation of the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths Black Lightning comics and the appearances he made in The New 52).
Isabella is the latest in a series of writers and artists with close ties to second-tier DC superheroes, who are being brought back to breathe some new life into the properties they either created or are closely associated with. Other examples include Gerry Conway's Firestorm feature in the DC's Legends of Tomorrow anthology series; a recent Len Wein Swamp Thing miniseries; Cary Bates on The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom; Marv Wolfman's Raven miniseries; and the forthcoming Deadman miniseries from Neal Adams.
Isabella has remained closely tied to Black Lightning for years, including being vocal about the handling of the character and treatment of creators even when he was not working directly with DC. After years of acrimony, he reportedly reconciled with DC shortly before the announcement of the TV series, which will debut at midseason.
The subtitle -- "Cold Dead Hands" -- is a play on the National Rifle Association's famous motto that "I'll give you my gun when you pry (or take) it from my cold, dead hands." The tie is likely more than just a neat catchphrase, since the first issue, out tomorrow, deals with a street gang that has got their hands on technologically-advanced weaponry.
You can see a longer interview with Isabella and more in the full episode of DC All Access below.
Black Lightning is coming to The CW in January 2018.
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 is in comic shops tomorrow. You can contact your local retailer to reserve a copy, or pre-order a digital copy now.