Season of the Shero!
The incredible hype surrounding game changing comics such as Black Panther and Luke Cage demonstrate that black and brown characters in comics are so much of a rare occurrence in the pool of comics, that when we are included it’s breathtaking.
Model, filmmaker, writer and former cast member of The Real World, Ari Fitz, released a phenomenal preview of her science fantasy comic titled Wedge. Wedge follows a black queer young woman by the name of Ace, who attends a secret ‘school’ for individuals with special powers. Aces’ main turmoil comes from the fact that she has yet to kiss a girl. In the brief Part I of this comic, she meets a beautiful girl that she’s interested in and we watch her stumble on how to approach her, talk to her and eventually hang out.
Fitz says she will be releasing the remaining 4 parts of her web comic over the course of 2018 and we cannot wait! You can support Ari on Patreon here
In more Shero news, The CW show Black Lightning, has made very black LGBTQ history as the first network black superhero show and the first with a black superhero who is a lesbian. The show which is inspired by the DC comic of the same name, centers on a retired black superhero named Jefferson Pierce a.k.a. Black Lightning, who returns to fighting crime after one of his daughters falls risk for becoming recruited by a local gang. Black Lightening’s eldest daughter Anissa Pierce a.k.a. Thunder is played by Nafessa Williams, who in reception of this role told The Advocate:
This role and representation is monumental for the intersection of black and brown LGBTQ people who have yet to see a positive representation of a black lesbian on a regular network channel, let alone to ever be seen as a superhero. Black Lightning and their slew of dynamic characters was not sectioned off to Netflix or Logo—which are amazing platforms undoubtedly, but also are used as a hiding place for socially unacceptable topics and themes. The plot also makes triumphs by not making Thunders sexuality an antagonist additive to her character, rather the only struggle she’s facing is learning how exactly to use her powers. Her parents and friends also accept her, which a taboo narrative for TV shows that demonstrate members of the LGBTQ community as “struggling with” or “coping with” their sexuality. Thunder is also in med-school, a part time high school teacher, and an overall bad ass!
You can watch Black Lightning Tuesdays at 9 PM EST on The CW or stream it free (and legally) here!
Drop a comment and let us know what you think of Wedge and Black Lightning, and put us on to more Shero content!