There is no redemption for Black Adam. Black Adam is dead, and the Mesopotamian gods of Akkad are having a field day. Are the gods real or are they merely figments of human imagination? Accepting death but denied redemption, Black Adam becomes an ersatz Gilgamesh as he journeys through Akkadian Hell while Malik, his young descendant, goes to extreme and unethical measures to try and revive him, all the while wondering if he should save the life of one of the greatest evils the world has ever known.
DC Comics NewsBlack Adam #3 continues to be a complicated read. This isn't light reading material for poop sessions. No Black Adam is an interesting examination of one of DC's most complex villains, as it explores questions around science, myth, politics, and more. If you like intellectually stimulating comics, this book is for you. However, if you're looking for a fun punch-'em-up, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Geek DadOne of the unique appeals of Priest’s comics is that you never know where they’re going to go. The first issue of this book set up Black Adam and his alter-ego Theo Adam as the main character—only for him to be felled by a mysterious curse and pick a young man named Malik White as his successor. White was skeptical about this to say the least, but was forced into this devil’s bargain by a violent ambush. Black Adam died not long after this—or did he? Much of this issue focuses on White and Adam’s long-time friend and handler Yigal Blaustein bickering over their next move and trying to figure out what killed Adam—and whether he truly is dead. The hospital scenes are a lot of fun, with Blaustein in particular continuing Priest’s tradition of having an irascible old man in almost every one of his runs to tell off obstructive characters and basically comment on the events. But as interesting as this plot is, the real meat of the issue is in the extended segments in what might be the afterlife—or might be some sort of extended test. Adam wakes up and faces off against Desaad—only for it to turn out to be something else entirely. Desaad is soon replaced with a pair of evil women who test and bewitch Black Adam, and he’s only pulled out of the vortex by the arrival of another enemy—the sorcerer Sargon, who has been a fixture of the DC magic world for decades now. The earth-based segments are leisurely and filled with clever dialogue, while Black Adam’s segment is action from beginning to end. I’m not sure it entirely meshes together, as the two segments both deliver a lot of plot without really answering too many of our questions. This is an experimental comic, one that seems interested in exploring a lot of deeper questions under the surface of Black Adam’s story, and I’m definitely interested to see more.
AIPTIssue #3 didn’t leave me feeling as instantly blown away as the preceding two. But even without that instant wow factor, it felt less like a disappointment and more like the story settling into its own work. Efforts, I might remind you, that are ultimately about exploring the future of this character and everything he means as an utterly imperfect hero in an equally imperfect world. It had some flash and sizzle with the underworld bits, but the issue’s greatest accomplishment was to place that spotlight on these characters and make us as readers beg to see what happens when the walls fall down and things are finally laid bare at last. We’re still likely a few issues away from all of that (this is a 12-issue maxi-series, after all), but things have built thus far into a promising narrative that feels inventive without being overwrought; thoughtful without being too deliberate; and thrilling without forgetting to rip at the ol’ heartstrings. In a word, magical.
ComicBook.comEven in the wake of Black Adam's death and the passage of his power to a successor, Black Adam continues to explore the nature of its titular character's immortality and divinity. Flashbacks to his encounter with Desaad lead to the introduction of many new divine figures in a liminal space between life and death. The designs of these gods are stunning throughout the issue, although the Bull of Heaven delivers an especially striking spread featuring outstanding color work from Matt Herms. And these fantastical clashes continue to balance the work of diplomacy and medicine unfurling at a D.C. hospital as the young Dr. White discovers his new heritage while still insisting on his own course of action. The confidence that both Adam and White possess reflects shared demeanors with radically different worldviews, allowing the issue to present a balance of ideas alongside settings and styles. As their relationship deepens and the mystery surrounding Adam's death grows, Black Adam proves to be an irresistible serialized read.
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Weird Science DC ComicsWhile elements of this book are interesting with Black Adam in the underworld, the way that it comes off is really just confusing and goes out of its way to not say anything at all. Yeah, I still enjoy the art a lot but the story just isn't doing it for me yet and I hope that aspect changes as we go along as I was looking forward to this Black Adam maxi-series.