Raising Dion: Bringing Up Beast Boy: by Richie Kraus

Raising Dion

It’s a good time to be a superhero fan. Superhero films come out once every three or four months, and when they do, they’re smash hits. I never would have guessed there would be a world where Ant-Man and Captain Marvel are household names. As such, Raising Dion’s time is coming.

The Netflix original series, based on the comic book of the same name by Denis Liu, follows Nicole Warren (Alisha Wainwright), the widowed mother of seven-year-old Dion (Ja’Siah Young). Dion’s supernatural abilities are growing more and more out of control. With the help of family friend Pat Rollins (Jason Ritter), Nicole must raise Dion all while keeping him safe from his own abilities and learning the dark secrets about her late husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan).

The best parts of the show involve Nicole and Pat discovering what Dion can do, and then Dion’s interpretation of his powers as a seven-year-old. The family element works so well that the show’s dramatic elements may be overshadowed. In a sense, the bigness of good versus evil battles of superhero stories externalize our personal and interpersonal struggles. Raising Dion makes the dichotomy feel intimate. Though the show introduces a supervillain antagonist, the Crooked Man, Raising Dion’s best villain is not the giant creature who can shoot lightning from his hands, but the challenges Nicole faces as a single mother to this superpowered little boy. While big superhero battles may be more exciting, the high points in Raising Dion remain the character growth. Although, these battle scenes are great opportunities for the RABS App & Digital Voucher ;-).

Raising Dion can act as a nicotine patch of sorts, tiding hardcore superhero fans over between big superhero releases like last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and November’s Black Widow. The show is made for superhero fans, as each episode is full of references to Marvel, DC, and Star Wars. Each episode title is even a classic comic book reference. For someone who needs some superhero shenanigans after Avengers: Endgame, Raising Dion is a good place to look. I imagine, the show’s second season will push it into mass superhero fandom. 

Thoughts by: Richie Kraus

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