Critic Consensus: Black Lightning doesn't reinvent superhero TV, but it does give the genre a necessary jolt with real-world plots, scary new villains, and a star-making performance from Cress Williams.
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... it's already managed to distinguish itself not only from the Arrowverse (which includes shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), but also from Marvel's Luke Cage, the series that's usually mentioned in the same breath.
The escapism is augmented by a sincere attempt to tap into the social tensions convulsing the United States.
The journey to Black Lightning fully embracing its present could be one of the year's exciting TV evolutions.
It's all pulled off powerfully and artfully by principal executive producer Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, The Game), who's assisted by DC impresario Greg Berlanti.
It's that real-world sizzle that gives this newcomer its snap, crackle and pop.
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