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Sunday, May 17, 2020 

Tony Isabella's turned off by the current renditions of Black Lightning

CBR's reported that Black Lightning's creator is alienated by the DC management's mishandling of Jefferson Pierce, and how they've apparently marginalized his wife Lynn Stewart-Pierce...for the sake of Katana?!?
On Facebook, Isabella expressed his disgust over Jefferson and Lynn Pierce's lack of connection in the comic series. "F**K DC COMICS AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THEIR RANCID BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS BOOK," he wrote. "ANYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS JEFFERSON PIERCE KNOWS LYNN IS HIS ONE TRUE LOVE."
As somebody who owns reprints of some of the early BL material, and also of the original Outsiders, I can certainly understand. The whole notion BL would be paired up with so obvious a choice as Tatsu Yamashiro is almost enough to fall off the couch laughing at the cheapness of their steps. So not only is Lynn kicked to the curb in this current rendition, but Katana apparently can't have a new civilian boyfriend, can she? This is a notable weakness I've noticed in some team titles - rather than date civilians, the supeheroes and superheroines date each other. In hindsight, I'm not sure if the Scarlet Witch ever had a civilian boyfriend in Marvel and Avengers history.

Anyway, I'm sure we're not missing anything in this new take on the team Batman originally founded in the mid-80s, where Lynn made appearances (and so too did Sapphire Stagg, girlfriend/wife of Metamorpho). One of the biggest creative bankruptcies the Big Two are guilty of is inability to develop civilian co-stars who could serve a purpose that could make team books more effective. This new Outsiders volume is one of those examples lacking creativity.

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