Tony Isabella, the comic book writer who created Black Lightning in 1977, returns to the character this November with a new, six-issue miniseries from DC which will bring the character back to solo-title glory just as the January premiere of The CW's Black Lightning draws near.
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands is written by Isabella and drawn by Clayton Henry (Harbinger).
However, DC tells fans, "don't expect a throwback to Isabella's previous time with the character." Jefferson Pierce has gone through some changes.
He's still a teacher who works to be a positive force for his students both in and out of costume, but he's younger than he's ever been before — around 28 years old.
In a departure from the show -- and in a move that is sure to disappoint some fans -- Black Lightning does not yet have children in this version of the mythology.
That is not the end of the changes being made, either; there is something very different about the setting -- and about the series' antagonist, Tobias Whale.
Black Lightning's notorious adversary has gone through some redesigning as well; he's now fit, built like an athlete, and he's no longer an albino. Per DC, "Tobias Whale any smaller of a problem for Jefferson or the city of Cleveland, in which the series is based. He's as ruthless and powerful as ever."
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 is due in stores on November 1.
You can check out some preview art in the attached image gallery and the solicitaiton text for Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 below.
BLACK LIGHTNING: COLD DEAD HANDS #1
Written by TONY ISABELLA
Art and cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant cover by KEN LASHLEY
All-new mini-series by original creator Tony Isabella teamed with superstar artist Clayton Henry! Black Lightning is back and things are not the same! In his home town of Cleveland, high school teacher Jefferson Pierce is a role model for his students. As Black Lightning, he's fighting to keep them safe, even as his city's streets are invaded by local gangs with deadly super-weapons. And wait until you see who their supplier is! Real-world issues in a super-hero world! Expect the unexpected!
On sale NOVEMBER 1 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T