Malik White – now the super-powered Bolt – has contracted the same mysterious plague that killed Black Adam!
However, Black Adam has vanished under mysterious circumstances, leaving our new hero alone, dying, and trapped by the Mirror Master!
The Black Adam series catches up to Dark Crisis in this pivotal issue!
DC Comics NewsDespite its oblique nature, this series has nonetheless been compelling. Black Adam #7 focuses on one of the most compelling aspects of the story so far: Malik. Great characterization can cover a multitude of “writing sins”, and Malik is genuinely fun to read. As for the art, the series did introduce a new penciling team: Jose Luis and Jonas Trindade have taken over from Eddy Barrows. While normally I would find this transition frustrating, I didn’t notice the shift until I read the credits eight pages into the issue. Overall, this issue is fun, but the series I can imagine is an acquired taste. Not everyone is going to enjoy its complexity.
Geek DadWith Black Adam largely off the table this issue and at near-death, the story here mostly falls on Malik White—whose inheritance of the powers is not going smoothly. As he tries to settle on a superhero codename, deals with a troubled home life, and tries to fend off the intimidation of Sargon, he soon finds himself following in Adam’s footsteps in another way—entering the virtual reality web that allows Theo Adam to revisit the time of ancient Egypt, with the assistance of Mirror Master, who has his own reasons for being there. This allows him to get a look at a time when Adam was actually the hero he styles himself as, and it deepens the link between the two, but this series continues to be a little all over the place. Black Adam really isn’t the focus here, but the impact he had on the world is. While Malik White is a compelling character, I don’t think he quite connects in the same way as a lead the way the Deathstroke cast did yet.
ComicBook.comReturning from a hiatus can be difficult, but Black Adam #7 handles the reintroduction of its premise and many sub-plots with aplomb in an issue that functions on its own while staging a half-dozen threads quickly weaving their way together. Black Adam remains a highlight of DC Comics' ongoing superhero series.
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