Comic Review: Black Adam #1 (DC Comics)

Theo Adam AKA Black Adam has fought against many foes, and as the immortal man and ruler of Kahndaq, there is one fight that he has never battled before: mortality. […]

Theo Adam AKA Black Adam has fought against many foes, and as the immortal man and ruler of Kahndaq, there is one fight that he has never battled before: mortality.

Black Adam is dying from a disease that challenges his very existence. If he is to obtain redemption, he must find an heir in order to redeem his legacy, and protect Khandaq after he is gone.

Christopher Priest is a veteran writer of the comics game, having written various stories that are influential to pop culture. This time he gets to reimagine Black Adam and do something that hasn’t been tackled before with the character, which involves legacy. Oftentimes characters within his gallery such as Shazam have dealt with those concepts, but Black Adam has never been written with that in mind until now. Faced with mortality for the first time in ages, it puts the character in an interesting place of vulnerability that makes this book interesting to read.

Rafa Sandoval displayed a beautiful catalog of work during his time on Joshua Williamson’s run on the Flash, but this time around he gets to flex his artistic muscles with this limited series. His linework is tight, dense and cinematic with personality and detail sprawling all over the book, which is only highlighted further due to Matt Herms color work and Willie Schubert’s lettering. This is a nice entry for new fans of Black Adam, while also giving something to longtime fans of the character that is different from previous entries of the character. Add this to your pull list for new comic book day.

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