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Black Lightning: An Outsider's New Powers Get Even More Complicated

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for “The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange,” the latest episode of Black Lightning.

When Grace Choi made her debut in the first season of Black Lightning, DC fans immediately recognized her as a member of the superhero team, the Outsiders. Though  her appearances in Season 2 have been rare, Grace's powers finally showed themselves in "The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem."

The next occurrence took place in tonight's episode, leaving Grace scrambling to conceal them to her girlfriend, Anissa.

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In "The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem," Anissa turned to Grace after the apparent death of her Uncle Gambi. When Grace looked herself over in the mirror, these dark marks began to appear and move all over her body. It took a moment of concentration to suppress her abilities, but the look on Grace's face was one of shock.

The same scenario almost played out again in “The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange,” when Anissa and Grace spent a night together watching TV on the couch. Grace quickly excused herself to the bathroom, where the markings again appeared. However, this time Grace pops some pills from her medicine cabinet, forcing her powers to go away for the time being.

In DC continuity, Grace Choi possesses enhanced strength and durability, along with a fast-acting healing power. What we witness twice on Black Lightning could possibly be her body beginning to adapt to the metagene inside Grace, with it being visually displayed by the markings on her body. The first time Grace displayed her abilities was after a heated argument with Anissa, so emotions may have played a factor. However, the second time was during a relaxed moment, so we can toss aside that theory.

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It's only a matter of time before Grace will be forced to come out to Anissa. Ironically, both Pierce siblings (Anissa and Jennifer) are romantically involved with fellow metas, Grace and Khalil, respectively. While Jennifer and Khalil have chosen to run away together, the more mature Anissa is more likely to help Grace work out whatever feelings she has while trying to adjust to her new way of life. Of course, it's also only a matter of time before Grace joins Anissa/Thunder and Black Lightning as a crime-fighting vigilante in Freeland, eventually leading to the formation of the Outsiders.

Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, Damon Gupton as Billy Henderson, James Remar as Peter Gambi and Jordan Calloway as Khalil/Painkiller.

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