On Wednesday the long-awaited (by me) Batman: The Brave and the Bold series debuts, based on the new Batman cartoon of the same name, which I've only seen one episode of, but totally loved.
The cover looks pretty great, and is triply great if it presages all the team-ups that writer Matt Wayne has planned for future issues. But there's at least one DC star not exactly looking his best on it.
See the tiny little head between Wildcat's jawline and the edge of Guy Gardner's bowl cut? The fellow with brown skin and what looks like a hood striped with lightning bolts? That's gotta be Black Lightning, right? He's black, he has a lightning motif going on, and it would be weird if they included Static or Black Vulcan on the show instead of Black Lightning. Plus, he's posed next to fellow Outsiders Katana and Metamorpho.
It's only a head shot, so maybe the rest of his costume looks totally ace from the neck down, but I'm not feeling what I see of it so far. Looks an awful lot like Cloak from Cloak and Daggers hood, only with lightning bolts instead of black stripes. Actually, my first thought was the sort of robe a boxer might wear into a ring, or something from a community theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat where the budget only allowed for two colors in the dream coat.
At any rate, there's one more reason to look forward to the series—to see how they redesign Black Lightning's costume.
UPDATE: The comments section sets me straight on what B.L.'s costume looks like in the show, which he's apparently already appeared on. There's a link to an image of it in the comments as well.