It's no secret that there's been an influx of superhero content these days. There's Prime Video's The Boys, The CW's The Flash, Netflix's Umbrella Academy and of course, Disney+'s lengthy roster of Marvel titles, from Moon Knight to WandaVision. These fan-favorites prove that there's more to these shows than caped crusaders and cool fighting scenes. And there's an underrated gem that totally deserves to be mentioned with this group: Raising Dion.
Based on Dennis Liu's comic book of the same name, the Netflix superhero drama follows the life of Nicole, a widowed Black mother who struggles to raise her 7-year-old son, Dion, after learning that he has superpowers. With the help of her late husband's best friend, Pat, Nicole must help him control his abilities and keep them a secret while investigating the origins of these powers and the real cause of her husband's death. It's wholesome, it's fun and it offers a fresh take on what being a superhero entails. But more importantly, the show sheds light on the realities of being Black in America, tackling deeper topics like racism, grief and mental health.