"This was the night, in the rain, with Thunder and Lightning as a witness, that Black Lightning was born again."
—Jennifer Pierce[src]

Jennifer Pierce (born c. 2002)[1] is a student at Garfield High School. She is the daughter of Jefferson Pierce and Lynn Stewart, and the younger sister of Anissa Pierce.


Early lifeEdit

Jennifer was born in 2002[2], to Jefferson Pierce and Lynn Stewart.[1]

When Jennifer was young, she came across her father in the bathtub, asking him why he was bloody.[1]

Attending Garfield High SchoolEdit

Jennifer went on to attend Garfield High School. In 2018, she texted her friend Kiesha as she and her father waited to pick up her sister, Anissa, from Freeland Police Department. She handed her sister a dress to change into, before they left to go to a fundraiser at Garfield High. On their way there, they were stopped by police, who initially believed Jefferson to be a felon from a nearby robbery. When they got to the school, Jennifer went to get ready to go clubbing with Kiesha. They were interrupted by Anissa, looking for her sister. Jennifer lied, claiming they were going to a house party, and Anissa allowed her to go, providing she was home in time. They got to Club 100, where Jennifer flirted with Will. The two were surrounded by gang members, before being taken before Lala. Will continually attempted to refer to Jennifer as his "girl" while grovelling for mercy, causing Jennifer to hit him in the stomach. They were interrupted by Jefferson Pierce, unbeknownst to any of them, who used his electrical powers to incapacitate the gang members. Jennifer ran home, where she was met by her mother, who helped calm her down. She was then reprimanded by Anissa.[1]

The following morning, Jennifer joined her father and sister for a run. She then headed to school, where she was followed by Will. She requested he leave, but he refused. It quickly escalated, but Will was sent off by Principal Pierce before he could pull a gun on Jennifer or Anissa. Jefferson talked to his daughters, scolding Anissa for altercating with him, before they left on the bell. Later in the day, Will returned with a group, kidnapping the girls. He took them to the Seahorse Motel, but they were soon rescued by Black Lightning. They were taken home by Inspector Henderson, embracing their parents. The two girls eventually fell asleep together.[1]

Jennifer slept with her mother for comfort. The following day, talking with Khalil Payne on the phone, Jennifer was approached by Malik, who shot her with red liquid, claiming it as a message from Lala. That night, Khalil came by, shyly asking Jennifer to be his girlfriend. She accepted and the two kissed. The day after, Jennifer and Kiesha sat above the bleachers at school, drinking alcohol. She took the bottle and met Khalil in the gym. He got angry and took the bottle from her, throwing it out, before comforting her.[3]

Jennifer attended the funeral of Lawanda White, listening and standing up as Reverend Jeremiah Holt implored the crowd to join him in a march against The 100. Khalil double checking with Jennifer that she was okay with losing her virginity, she spoke to her parents about it over dinner, leaving them speechless. After dinner, Jennifer convinced Anissa to join her at the march. The following night, Lynn took Jennifer to the march, the three women joining the crowd. They were stopped, however, when Khalil and Reverend Holt were shot. As they were rushed to the hospital, Jennifer was comforted by Anissa, before the doctors told her that he may never walk again, the bullet having hit Khalil's spine.[4]

Shortly following this, once Khalil began rehabilitation, Jennifer skipped school to help him. She overheard nurses talking about him being a hopeless case, which she called them out for. Jennifer then headed home, where her parents suggested she end things with Khalil, as she already had plenty on her plate. The following morning, Jennifer went to school to quit the track team, before going to Khalil and revealing the news, to his clear disappointment. The following day, Jennifer returned to the hospital with her father, who shortly entered with Khalil's mother, when he revealed the final diagnosis to Khalil: that he would never walk again.[5]

Jennifer later went for skating with Kiesha where she met her old nemesis, Lana. Lana expressed her hate for Jennifer since she beat her in a race at school. Lana tried to beat up Jennifer but she defended herself by countering her and her friend and ultimately breaking her wrist. Jennifer was later punished by her parents for the act.[6]

Powers and abilitiesEdit


  • Athletics: Jennifer possesses impressive athletic skills, as it has been mentioned that she is a stand out scholar-athlete, just like her father, Jefferson.[1]
  • Hand-to-hand combatant: Jennifer possesses impressive fighting skills, having been taught how to fight by Jefferson, she was able to defend herself against two teenage girls, and break one of their wrists with ease.


Promotional imagesEdit


Behind the scenesEdit

  • In DC Comics continuity Jennifer Pierce is a superhero known as Lightning.
    • Jennifer's quote regarding Black Lightning's return, "with thunder and lightning as a witness" is a reference to both sisters' superhero identities from the comics: Anissa as Thunder and Jennifer as Lightning.


  • According to Will, Jennifer has an Instagram account.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "The Resurrection"
  2. Black Lightning | China Ann McClain "Jennifer Pierce" Interview | The CW
  3. "Lawanda: The Book of Hope"
  4. "Lawanda: The Book of Burial"
  5. "Black Jesus"
  6. "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light"