BATMAN HAS HAD ENOUGH OF BLACK ADAM.
Angered over Bruce Wayne’s financing of a democracy movement in his country, Theo Adam confronts Wayne with his demands, which escalates into an epic, book-length clash between the Dark Knight Detective and the Thunder of Aton.
DC Comics NewsBlack Adam #6 is by far the best issue of the series so far. Priest does away with much of the pretense and convolution and simply writes an epic fight scene. As for the art… I mean, Eddy Barrows is Eddy Barrows. I don’t think I need to explain the wonders of his work. The dude is a well-established artist with a well-earned reputation for quality. If you like anything mentioned in this review, (the titular character, Batman, Priest, Eddy Barrows, punch-em-ups, etc.) you will enjoy this issue.
Geek DadAs we reach the halfway point of Priest’s miniseries, this issue is sort of in an odd state of flux. It follows up on Bendis’ use of Black Adam in his Justice League run, but precedes the events of Dark Crisis. And in the aftermath of Adam’s murder of a fighter pilot in Khandaqi territory, he’s raised the ire of Batman—the League’s primary believer in the no-killing rule. Most of this issue is an elaborate battle between Batman and Black Adam, with Batman wearing an elaborate suit of armor that allows him to keep pace with the mystical antihero. But the fight is as much a psychological one, with the two trying to get under each others’ skin. If this feels a little odd, almost like it comes from a different story, there’s a reason for that. This is an odd issue, very different than Priest’s first five, and it looks like the series is talking a big turn next issue. This series is turning out a lot differently than I was expecting based on the first issue, and there’s a lot to dig into. To start with, this version of Black Adam creates more of a distinction between Adam and Theo Adam than we’ve seen before. While Black Adam is quick to anger, Theo is a pragmatic and ruthless man who has no problem matching wits with Batman. He’s also politically aware, and some of his lines this issue may ruffle some feathers in the activist comic community. It was good to see an issue focused solely on Black Adam after Malik White played such a key role in the series—almost taking over it for a while. It might seem like the ending of the issue largely resets the chessboard and eliminates the consequences for this issue, but I feel like this was an essential issue to set the emotional stakes for the rest of the series. Black Adam faces off against Batman, but Theo Adam is forced to face himself in the mirror, and that’s one of the most intriguing fight scenes of the series so far.
ComicBook.comBlack Adam #6 delivers the tantalizing showdown between Black Adam and Batman promised last month, and anticipated by readers ever since Teth-Adam joined the Justice League. It's an event of appropriate scale consuming the entirety of this issue – in a series that typically leaps between a half-dozen plots. However, there are plenty of surprise embedded within their battle as the ground beneath the feet of these two incredibly strong-willed individuals is the only thing likely to shift. Batman's armor calls back to his iconic battle with Superman in The Dark Knight Returns #4, and a number of splashes make this battle feel similarly electric. It's what comes in the final few pages and how they tie this very specific fight to threads first introduced in Black Adam #1 that makes the spectacle a genuine success, though.
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