Black Lightning Sets Up a New Superhero

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "The Book of Revelations," the latest episode of Black Lightning.

Jennifer Pierce is well on her way to becoming Lightning. In "The Book of Revelations," the latest episode of Black Lightning, the younger of Jennifer's two daughters developed lightning powers of her own. This puts Jennifer on the path to becoming Lightning, her alter ego from the comics.

Jennifer's powers presented themselves at Garfield High School, as she and her friend Keisha hung flyers for Keisha's run for student government. When Keisha saw some scaffolding in the hall, she seized the opportunity to put her posters up above everyone else's. Jennifer immediately objected to the idea: "No, Keisha, that's dumb. Get down before you kill yourself!"

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Of course, Keisha didn't listen and climbed up anyway. On her way back down, Keisha slipped. As she fell, Jennifer's worry for her friend caused her lightning powers to manifest with a gasp. Jennifer's eyes went orange as she fried her beloved phone and singed a handful of Keisha's posters. Keisha recovered quickly, but didn't notice Jennifer's bewilderment.

Jennifer repeated the experiment at home in her room. Holding her broken phone, she concentrated and zapped it again, then caught a glimpse of her hand glowing orange. She went and told her sister Anissa about it immediately. Anissa initially tried to turn her away, but stopped when she caught the look on Jennifer's face.

"Something weird is definitely going on," Jennifer confessed, then showed Anissa her phone. "Anissa, look at the edges. I did that. With my hands." Shocked, Anissa glanced up at Jennifer, clearly realizing what this meant.

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Because Anissa is in the know, Jennifer probably won't have to wait long to learn the truth about her father or where her powers came from. It's yet to be seen how Jennifer will take the news, but China Anne McClain teased that it won't be pretty: "For her, getting her powers is very different than Anissa getting her powers for the first time, because I’ve said that she’s older, she’s confident. She knows who she is at this point at this point in her life and she’s comfortable with that, but Jennifer is still trying to figure that out, so to have this happen to her is a huge deal and she feels kind of an alien on Earth. It’s difficult for her to deal with.”

“Parents aren’t exactly supposed to keep secrets from their children, especially when you feel like this should be an open environment where we can talk and you guys always tell me to talk to you about this and stuff, but this is something you kept from me? Because the girls don’t know that their father is Black Lightning. So she’s just like, ‘What?’ She feels like her world has been turned upside down. There’s some anger and some resentment there for sure,”she added.

Airing Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT on The CW, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as his younger daughter Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as his older daughter Anissa Pierce, Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce, James Remar as Peter Gambi, Damon Gupton as Henderson, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale and Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi.

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