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Black Adam #8 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.


A new chapter begins in the 24th century B.C. with Teth-Adam – Egypt’s original, cheerful, and noble champion of Shazam – facing his greatest challenge in the person of his former enslaver, now sorcerously enhanced to become Ibac the Invincible!

Mighty Adam’s heroic defense of Egypt is compromised by the dark secret he harbors.

Meanwhile, in the present day, Black Adam saves a crippled jetliner from crashing into the Middle East’s most controversial city, sparking unrest at home in Kahndaq!

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  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Black Adam has always been a complex character since Geoff Johns revamped him back in the early 2000s. He went from being a petty criminal to someone with thousands of years of experience as a warlord, a villain, and a hero. I’m not all that fond of the current origin, where he murdered his nephew to gain the powers, but Priest does a good job of explaining how that secret shame motivates him. The flashback focuses on a time when he served as the right hand and enforcer of a sadistic Pharaoh who would casually raze kingdoms just to get one good of theirs. But eventually, even a loyal right hand can be pushed too far. With only four issues left, it’s a little odd just how unclear the main central plot of this series is, but despite that it’s always compelling. Priest is at his best writing fatally flawed antiheroes, and this is a fascinating follow-up to his massive run on Deathstroke.

  • 80

    The power in those action-oriented pages is stunning, but it’s the history filling most of the issue that will keep readers engaged (hopefully for years to come).

  • 80

    DC Comics News

    As Black Adam #8 marks the beginning of Priest’s end game (with the series ending at issue 12), he’s trying his best to fit everything into the remaining issues. However, this creates a conflict within the series. Although Priest is a great writer with intriguing concepts, he doesn’t have enough space to execute them well. In fact, there’s enough material in the first eight issues to fill about 30 issues if each storyline was given the traditional six-issue arc.

    Overall, this issue, like the series, is good… it’s just a lot.

  • 80

    POP: Culture and Comics

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Start reading Black Cloak NOW, because this series is going to take us on a real journey, and you’re going to want to get on early. Between Thompson’s engaging plot work, and McClarren’s clean art packed to the brim with SO much character, you’re going to want to spend a lot of time in Kiros, going forward!

    An easy 4 POPs out of 5, for this strong second issue! And the only reason it’s not a perfect 5 is because as strong as this issue is, I can tell Thompson and McClarren are building to something amazing here and I want to give myself space to show how good this is going to get!

    If you love bittersweet memories, brewing political intrigue, and hilarious interrogations, check out Black Cloak #2. Releasing on February 22, 2023, published by Image Comics, and available from anywhere you get your comics! So run and tell your LCS to reserve you a copy.

  • 70

    First Comics News

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