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Brandon Marshall is a meta-human resident of Freeland. He is a friend of Jennifer Pierce, a student at Garfield High School, and an ally of Black Lightning's team. Brandon moved to Freeland to take revenge for his mother's death.


Original multiverse

After the death of his mother, Brandon moved to Freeland to get answers and find the person responsible. Deciding to enroll in Garfield High School, Brandon found himself getting close to Jennifer due to Freeland's occupation. Since the Freeland occupation happened, he and Jennifer have developed a stronger relationship, finding an ally in her during his search for answers.

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Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Brandon as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019,[1] only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.[2]

New multiverse

Saving Lynn Stewart

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War for Freeland

Brandon wants to see Helga Jace to avenge his mother, but Jennifer Pierce tells him that if he kills, he will be changed forever. When Jenn arranges the meeting, Brandon says that he will not kill Jace, but his mother will as he crystallizes her ashes and turns them into darts and stabs Jace. Jace tells him that he acts very similar to his father, causing Brandon to slow his assault; Jace says that she will give him more information about his lineage if she is allowed to live. Jenn forces Brandon to retreat with new questions.

Later, Brandon goes to Baron to help him to research his origins but he is knocked out by the advances of Painkiller.[3]

Brandon listens at the meeting.

The next day, Black Lightning's team has a meeting about the plans of Gravedigger and how to counteract them when Brandon rejects the plan and decides that he will not participate, causing Jennifer to chase him; Brandon has no desire to protect his mother's killer from the Markovians. Jennifer does not find him and Brandon goes to Jace demanding more information on his past.

Leaving Jace tied up,[4] Brandon went to the Sanctum and learned that Lightning was captured by Gravedigger; though he had said earlier that he would not help, for Jennifer, he changes his mind.

Brandon causes an earthquake as Black Lightning liberates Lightning, who thanks him and invites him to meet them at the Pitt; Brandon is fascinated as the two fly away.

At the Pitt, Brandon and Lightning combine their powers, creating volcanic lightning to break through Gravedigger's magnetic force-field; however, their foe quickly switches to heat vision and is victorious. Brandon and Lightning are knocked unconscious. When they awaken, Lynn Stewart has the meta cure; Brandon watches as Lightning tells her mother to leave them to fight Gravedigger before he can kill Black Lightning.[5]


Brandon seems to be a passionate and stubborn person, with the drive to find the woman who murdered his mother. Despite this personal mission, however, he is also understanding of others and works to help those he cares deeply about, especially Jennifer Pierce.

Powers and Abilities


  • Meta-human physiology: Due to Dr. Jace experimenting on his mother, Brandon's DNA was altered and his cells supercharged, turning him into a meta-human and thereby allowing him to access his powers.
    • Geokinesis: Brandon has the ability to manipulate stone, soil, and shape and affect it in any conceivable way. Brandon can create natural disasters like earthquakes. Brandon has also displayed he is capable of not only manipulating natural earth but ashes as well. Whenever he uses his powers or about to use them his eyes turn white.[3] Brandon’s powers have even gone as far as to manipulate and generate lava.[5]
      • Magmakinesis: He can turn earth into lava and manipulate it, as shown when he blasted Gravedigger with hot lava.[5]
      • Transmutation: Brandon is able to transmute the molecular properties of any organic material to turn it into something else, this is shown when he turned a lump of coal into a diamond. Brandon was also able to turn his mother's ashes into crystals to attack Dr. Jace with.[3]
      • Electricity Absorption: Since Brandon's power is geokinesis, he is by extension also able to absorb electricity. It is shown when he has absorbed Jennifer's electricity on multiple occasions.[6] It is not known how much electricity he can absorb at once though.


  • Power instability: Like most meta-humans, Brandon biggest weakness is that his powers are unstable, as shown when he was asleep and unconsciously caused an earthquake. This is again repeated after he losing his temper when confronting Dr. Jace.[7]
  • Altitude: Because his powers are earth-based, Brandon has difficulty in areas with higher altitudes, as seen when he was riding a plane to Markovia.[7]


Black Lightning

Season 3

Season 4


  • Whilst with Jennifer, Brandon considers having his own suit and vigilante nickname, suggesting multiple aliases including "Quake-Boy", "Earth-Force" and "Geo".[8]

Behind the scenes

  • Brandon seems to be loosely inspired by the DC Comics superhero Geo-Force, a prominent member of the Outsiders and prince of Markovia.
    • Brandon's various suggestions of an alias further cements this, as well as the ambiguity behind his parents and affiliation with Helga Jace.
    • This is the second character to be an adaptation of Geo-Force, with the first one being Brion Markov.