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FOR READERS: Sci Fi Spin Offs

Black Lightning

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Brian Cherry: Who are your favorite queer characters in sci fi media spin offs (films, TV etc), such as Star Wars, Star Trek, DC and Marvel universes, etc? And which queer characters haven’t been featured that you’d like to see? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

TV: Black Lightning: Who is Anissa Pierce?

Black Lightning

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of new Netflix series Black Lightning. Released on a weekly basis, it follows Jefferson Pierce, a retired black superhero, who returns to his former life of vigilantism when crime starts to escalate within his community. Black Lightning – which airs on The CW in the US and Netflix in the UK – has proven to be a hit, with critics and fans describing it as a series that is not only “powerful” and “fresh” but one that has a “strong sense of identity” too.  Lifted straight from the DC … Read more

TV: “Black Lightning” to Bring Black Lesbian Superhero to the Small Screen

Black Lightning

A black lesbian superhero is set to make a groundbreaking entrance on your TV screen. Black Lightning, a show coming to The CW on January 16, features the title character as a father to two daughters: Thunder and Lightning. And it’s Thunder, played by 28-year-old Nafessa Williams, who is set to make history. The superhero, whose real name in the show is Anissa Pierce, is “timely and necessary,” according to Williams. Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, she said: “We need it. It’s been way too long.” And she’ll have a bi girlfriend. *squee*