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TV Series Review

Recently widowed Nicole Warren knows that her 7-year-old son, Dion, is special. But she’s not quite sure what that really means.

Could it be that Dion’s magic kit from an Atlanta-area Walgreens is the cause of his breakfast cereal being suspended in mid-air? Perhaps that’s why he can fly action figures around the living room without touching them? Or maybe it’s why he’s able to make trees bend and attract storms to himself?

Certainly he couldn’t be that special, right? But then…what?

Perhaps it’s just in his DNA.

You see, Dion’s dad, Mark, was a scientist who loved storms. He was always chasing them with his varied contraptions and thinking of new ways to use lightning as a source of channeled power. A literal super-power source, if you will.

But one day his curiosity cost him everything.

Nicole tells Dion that his dad died trying to save a woman from drowning during a business trip out at sea near New Orleans. But, really, Nicole knows there’s much more to the story, especially since Mark’s body was never found. And she suspects that whatever Mark was working on before his death may have somehow made its way into Dion’s system.

But those details are too much for little Dion. He’s already having trouble making friends in his new school in Atlanta, and her telling him the truth about his dad would only make life harder, she feels. So would exploring the possibility that Dion has superpowers, like telekinesis. But you can only hide that truth for so long.

As Dion’s powers increase, Nicole’s confusion and frustration grow. And one thing becomes increasingly clear: She must protect her son at all costs. But what if her desire to protect her son isn’t enough? What if there’s a natural force out there bent on destroying Dion…just like it might’ve destroyed his dad?

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Netflix’ original series, Raising Dion, is a testament to audiences that superheroes come in all sizes, and not just via Marvel or DC.

The nine-episode first season lays out a multi-faceted story, one that’s just as much about Nicole, Dion’s overworked, under-supported single mother, as it is about little Dion and his struggles to make friends and control his superpowers. It also incorporates Dion’s quirky, awkward godfather, Pat, and Nicole’s practical, no-nonsense sister, Kat, as they try to help Nicole heal emotionally and raise Dion. And, in flashbacks, it tells the story of Dion’s dad, Mark, right up to his mysterious disappearance.

It’s a confusing tale, one that will obviously be solved as it’s doled out episodically, but it’s not a particularly graphic tale. That said, The show does have other caveats. We do see some romantic moments between characters, including of the same-sex variety. A few outfits show glimpses of skin, as well, and some bad language is used at times. And there are also scary elements that incorporate magic, superpowers and unexplainable acts of nature.

But we also find heart and soul in each PG-rated episode. We learn about the value of individuality, the hurt in racism and the value in reconciliation, and the necessity of loving, supportive friends and parents.

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Oct. 4, 2019: “ISSUE # 101: How Do You Raise a Superhero?”



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Alisha Wainwright as Nicole Warren; Ja'Siah Young as Dion Warren; Sammi Haney as Esperanza; Gavin Munn as Jonathan; Donald Paul as Mr. Anthony Fry; Ali Ahn as Suzanne Wu; J Harrison Ghee as Kwame; Moriah Brown as Willa; Dana Gourrier as Tessa; Justice Leak as Lars; Victor Sho as Rashad; Deirdre Lovejoy as Charlotte Tuck; Skyler Elyse Philpot as Steffi; TJ Wright as Chris; Jason Ritter as Pat; Michael B. Jordan as Mark






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Kristin Smith

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