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Jefferson Pierce is a high school teacher, and the vigilante known as Black Lightning. He is also a member of the Outsiders and the Justice League Reserves.


At first, Black Lightning operated in Los Angeles where he developed a partnership with Blue Devil.[3] He valued this partnership so strongly that he did not want to join the Justice League without Blue Devil.[4]

At some point, he was President Lex Luthor's Secretary of Education. [5]

He retired from being a vigilante and moved back to Cleveland, where he grew up, with his father so his father can spend his last years surrounded by friends and family.

After his father's death, he resumed his Black Lightning identity.[2]

The Outsiders

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Black Lightning has misunderstandings with The Outsiders

Batman approached him to help out the Signal and Orphan in their education.[6] With help from Katana[7] they took down Karma. This led to the reformation of the The Outsiders.[8]

The Outsiders were tasked by Batman to retrieve Sofia Ramos because Bruce wanted the Outsiders to help her after the death of her parents.[9] The team's attempt to rescue her from a kidnapping failed and she was taken by Ra's al Ghul.[10] Sofia worked with Ra's al Ghul,[11] but Black Lightning and Katana snapped her out of it.[12] Lady Shive informed Black Lightning that Ishmael was the one that bombed his school.[13]

After Jefferson and Shiva were ambushed by Ishmael, Kaliber, and Karma,[14] the Outsiders alongside Lady Shiva defeated Ra's al Ghul in an intense fight.[15]

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Doomsday Clock

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After Superman is framed and rendered comatose, Black Lightning joined the group of heroes heading towards Mars to confront their mysterious enemy. The heroes meet and engage Doctor Manhattan, but they are easily defeated.[16]


  • Electrokinesis: Jefferson is able to generate and manipulate electricity for various purposes. His body constantly generates large amounts of bio-electricity that runs through his body, whether he wills it or not.[17]
    • Electro-Blast: Jefferson is capable of projecting the electricity he produces from his hands, as arcs and blasts.[1]
    • Electromagnetism: Jefferson's control over electricity allows him to manipulate electromagnetism for various purposes.
      • Enhanced Senses: Jefferson's powers allow him to tap into the earth's electromagnetic energy, allowing him to sense disturbances in it.[18]
        • Enhanced Hearing: Jefferson was capable of "listening" to the electromagnetic frequencies put out from an alien device.[19]
        • Enhanced Vision: Black Lighting can see the electric currents emanated by objects.[20]
      • Force Field: Jefferson's bio-electricity activates his force field near instantaneously, when sensing threats approaching him.[17] He is able to create an electric force field capable of deflecting bullets[21] and absorbing energy blasts.[20] He can also create electrical field around enemies to bind them, so they can't move.[22]
      • Super-Leaping: Black Lightning can use an electro-magnetic push against a metal surface to throw himself incredibly far distances (a move that was taught to him by Cyborg). While escaping the police, Jefferson used their police car to shoot himself a dozen blocks in the air.[21]
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Jefferson possesses superhuman reflexes, as he has shown himself capable of dodging gunfire at close range.[23]
    • Flight: Black Lighting is capable of self-powered flight.[24]




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