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Black Adam #12 (of 12)

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There is no redemption for Black Adam…or is there? In the series finale, Black Adam faces his ultimate foe…himself. Having saved the All-Father of the Akkadian New Gods, he is granted his truest desire-redemption. But be careful what you wish for.…

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25 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Of all of Priest’s genre-bending series, this has definitely been the most challenging. Black Adam is a cosmic character, one not exactly suited to the skullduggery and cloak and dagger operations Priest loves so much. Still, amid the chaos (which has brought in just about every major villain from Adam’s past and some from Egyptian lore), there’s a very compelling character arc for one of the DCU’s most infamous antiheroes. He’s also introduced the unique new character Malik White, who inherited Adam’s power and became the hero Bolt. This final issue finds Adam possessed by the spirit of the ancient sorcerer Sargon, which leads to an intriguing confab between Theo Adam and Black Adam as Theo has to decide whether he wants to let the monster back in—or face himself in the mirror instead. The odd, dark, melancholy ending leaves a lot unresolved, which is often the way Priest likes it.

  • 80

    Black Adam #12 brings the first act of Priest’s run on the character to a close as Malik and Adam contend with The Akkad who are now in possession of Black Adam’s powerful form. It’s a complex conflict that avoids the simple tropes of a showdown, opting instead for a more complex denouement focused largely on the evolution of its heroes. This leaves Malik primarily at the forefront of the action while Adam observes himself and is led to a fateful decision. The fireworks throughout the issue, including two excellent spreads, make for a thrilling climax even as the ultimate solution provides some subtlety and sets up further conflicts. However, the most impactful choices are made on a very human scale as the series reflects upon themes of humanity, power, and how the two concepts interact. The final few pages are simultaneously surprising and satisfying, providing a notable element of growth while foreshadowing an even larger journey looming ahead. Black Adam continues to be excellent and the promise of further chapters is all but demanded by this concluding note for the current series.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    The challenge with any cosmic-level conflict lies in making the power FEEL powerful as it all concludes. By the time the series hits its twelfth issue, there’s already so much that’s going on. Priest and Barrows do their best to wrap everything up. There’s some sense of finality about it, and there IS a real sense of heroism radiating off the page, but Priest has tried to build way too much in the course of the first 11 issues. It looks good, and it makes sense, but it isn’t entirely satisfying.

  • 40

    DC Comics News

    Black Adam #12, like the series as a whole, was a wasted opportunity. The ending of this story left me scratching my head, as I was left unsure as to exactly what had transpired. Overall, the series really disappointed me, as DC missed an incredible opportunity to introduce Black Adam to the masses.

    Warner Bros. had one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars playing the titular character in a movie during the tenure of this title, but I can’t imagine someone picking up this title after seeing the film and walking away jazzed about the character.

    Black Adam has a long and fascinating history as a character. He’s been the arch nemesis of SHAZAM, a member of both the Justice League and Justice Society, and the ruler of a nation-state. The character’s both complicated and nuanced, so I understand why Priest would want to do a deep dive into the his lore and psychology. However, it feels like he got lost in the sauce.

    When I explained the ending to my editor, his response was perfect: “Blimey, that’s spaghetti junction.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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