The day I read this I had just picked up two issues of Thriller in the dollar bin. Looking at the first page and seeing Trevor Von Eden’s name as one of the co creators of the character Black Lightning already put me in a good mood. Trevor Von Eden deserves to be researched if you’re not familiar with his work. A little ahead of his time his work looks in place now that comic art is more visually accepting of having an unorthodox cartooning style for a hero book.
Clayton Henry does a good job of some really simple panels but beautifully drawn. The work is high on full body and medium shot panels that let Henry invest in the emotional state as well as the visual nuances that make up the characters.
The story is not for hero story traditionalists. If you thought the lack of diversity in comics was not a problem then this book is not for you. Guns sweeping the streets, and not just any guns but alien rifles that are way too powerful for your average Cleveland citizen. Cops are reaching through to the people that felt suspicious of their motives and methods of operandi. One strange issue of the book is the male Asian character that seems out of place in this intersectional minded world. Having an older male character with a completely non threatening sexual persona that nevertheless is creepy and mysterious is a flat note on an otherwise fun and interesting book.