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Black Adam #9 (of 12)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.


In the 24th century B.C., having proclaimed himself pharaoh, the mighty Adam finds himself surrounded by enemies while discovering that holding the throne is a lot harder than seizing it. Meanwhile, in the present, those same enemies from the Old Kingdom now threaten modern-day Kahndaq as, amid civil unrest, a resurrected Ibac the Invincible conspires with Adam’s political rival.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    The focus on Adam’s past makes Black Adam #9 an engaging, character-driven read, giving compelling dimension to the villain without redeeming him or making him sympathetic. Priest and Barrows continue to do great work as the series enters the final stretch of its run.

  • 90

    With Malik still in a coma, Black Adam #9 focuses entirely on its eponymous anti-hero intertwining the completion of his origin redux with multiple threads of present conflict. Each new strand enhances the collective narrative of Black Adam as they reinforce themes of oppression, power, and perspective. Priest’s answer to the origin of Black Adam’s name reads in an entirely natural manner that provides it with a great sense of tragedy. These past moments resonate with conversations in the present as Adam meets with two human women who are both well prepared to challenge him, and compel readers to consider his place in and responsibility for the fictional nation detailed across the past 8 issues. It’s a very compelling issue, even as it stands as a middle chapter clearly building towards a future climax. Whenever that moment arrives, expectations should be set very high given the foundations built in Black Adam #9.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Black Adam is a very intriguing story about one of the more complex figures of the DC Universe. The more you learn about Adam’s history, the more nuanced and intriguing he becomes and under the thumb of an esoteric writer like Christopher Priest, this can make for a fantastic series. With Priest, Barrows, Ferreira and Herms, this book might stand as one of the more definitive stories for Black Adam right next to Black Reign or The Dark Age.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Priest always tells the most ambitious comics at DC, and that can be both a blessing and a challenge. With the last act of this series, he’s telling several narratives that dovetail between the present and the distant past. In the present, Adam finds himself watching over his fallen protege while being tempted by an old enemy and protested by a throng of Khandaqi citizens who want him out. In the past, we follow Adam through a period where he had finally had enough of petty pharaohs and took the throne himself—only to find out that ruling fairly is both challenging and frustrating. This brings the Wizard Shazam back into the picture, as well as his old enemy Ibac. Adam is a more flawed and nuanced villain than Priest’s last character study, Deathstroke, but he’s also done even worse things. That makes this a fascinating story where we’re not sure if we want him to find redemption or not.

  • 80

    DC Comics News

    As per usual, Black Adam #9 is another installment in a bloated yet brilliant title. When it comes to industry writers, Priest is an intellectual powerhouse. He’s well-read and unafraid to take this title to places usually untread by comic writers. However, this strength is also a frustration, as it’s hard to follow the writing when serialized. I look forward to rereading this run once it’s released in trade format. It’ll undoubtedly be easier to digest.

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