Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2

Writer: Tony Isabella Artist: Clayton Henry Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 6, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

Wrongly accused of killing a gang of armed robbers, Black Lightning must stay ahead of the police while fighting to remove a deadly arsenal of high-tech weapons from the streets of Cleveland...and while facing civilians who are no longer certain he's one of the good guys. As teacher Jefferson Pierce, he must also try to keep drug dealers away from his students. Meanwhile, Detective Colavito investigates mystery man Tobias Whale. Beware: news in this city breaks without pity.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Dec 6, 2017

    Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands continues a story about Blackness in the face of oppression, bringing together a classic cape story but with the realistic spin of systemic violence without gratuitous harm. This comic is proof that such a tale can be told without subjecting its characters to undue harm or ignoring the plight they may likely face in our own world. I admire what this team is doing to tell Jeffersons story and I appreciate the care they have put into every page, panel, and dialogue bubble. This is a great progression for Black Lightning and I hope it leads to more stories with a similar level of depth and reflection. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Dec 8, 2017

    Buy, as this book will make you a fan before the TV show arrives. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 7, 2017

    Overall, this issue makes this series 2-for-2 and further proves the point that it should be considered for an extension past the mini-series designation it was given. If we can get a couple more issues of this level, the experiment should be declared a success and thinking should go long-term. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 6, 2017

    I'm also engaged with Black Lightning's supporting cast, which gets a new addition in his trainer Amberjack. Isabella isn't stupid and is smartly laying seeds that will require further examination. I like the fabric of this book as it's so easy to get invested in the characters. DC really has something special with this title. It's proving to be a late 2017 special that hopefully stays lit through 2018. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - D. Ivester Dec 5, 2017

    Black Lightning is showing us a hero who wants to bring peace in a city he loves while at the same time help those who live in it with his day to dayjob. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 6, 2017

    Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2 continues to prove why this is a must read for a miniseries. Nothing is really off limits here and this is not a book you should sleep on if you want one that is unapologetic towards addressing the corruption and bigotry in the world. There are some comic fans out there who just don't get it, and think these stories aren't meant for comics, but hopefully there are enough out there who see that this is one to shine a light on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Joshua Evans Dec 6, 2017

    I'm actually quite fond of the illustrated renderings, because it's so inviting. It hearkens back to the old styles where it's a bit over the top, but just enough so that it's totally engrossing. Stunning actually. It's almost like watching a cartoon. And, my word, every action scene of Black Lightning crackling with power"? To die for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Dec 6, 2017

    A placid issue that packs a subtle punch, the portrayal of Jefferson Pierce is one of true heroism, even as he does relatively mundane things. Which is not to say that you don't get plenty of high-zapping action, but it's the character moments that will stick with you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 7, 2017

    Some writers can step back into a character after decades with ease, and Isabella's return makes it feel like he and his most iconic character never left. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette Dec 6, 2017

    Everyone should definitely be reading this because of the story, art, and some of the real world issue it tries to address. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 11, 2017

    The real truth here is that Tony Isabella writes great comics, Black Lightning is a fascinating character and they've got a decent costume on him for the first time in years, so what's not to like? Black Lightning " Cold Dead Hands #2 is well-drawn, well-written and doesn't just rehash 1977's story lines for a new millennium, giving us a modern spin on the character, his cast and surroundings. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Dec 6, 2017

    I wish Isabella had more time than 6 issues to develop this story. I appreciated that Isabella is trying to insert some social justice issues into the comic, but there were several panels that I felt Isabella would have liked to illustrate his point in a little more detail, but suddenly had to move on for the sake of moving the story along. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Big Comic Page - Connor Stephens Dec 6, 2017

    If that personal side very much appeals to you, then Cold Dead Hands may still be a book to keep reading, with great art to boot. But otherwise, Black Lightning may just be fizzling out. Read Full Review

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