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Black Adam - The Justice Society Files: Cyclone #1

Comicscore Index
Generally unfavorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.

When she was young, Maxine Hunkel dreamed of flying with the Justice Society. Now she finally has the powers and the opportunity…but will she say yes? Guest-starring Hawkman on the road to Black Adam! Plus, continuing the Teth-Adam backup story: trouble hits home for Adrianna Tomaz as Intergang mercenaries invade the hallowed halls of her university, on the hunt for the sacred totem she “liberated”-but what strange metal is the idol made from, and why does Intergang need it so badly?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
46 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    Geek Dad

    Maxine’s recruitment into the Justice Society has some nice moments particularly watching her find her confidence, but it feels a lot like other teen superhero coming-of-age stories we’ve seen.

  • 50

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 47

    Major Spoilers

    Overall, Black Adam – The Justice Society Files: Cyclone #1 is the victim of questionable marketing that presents it as a one-shot when it isn’t, with some storytelling wobbles that make it a frustrating read and a price tag that is in no way justified, earning a right-down-the-middle 2.5 out of 5 stars overall. Those of us who remember the in-name-only movie tie-ins of the 1980s will likely recognize this issue for what it is: An enhancement for those who have seen Black Adam, rather than a comic that stands on its own merits.

  • 40

    Maxine is presented as a blank slate that young readers might project themselves onto because there are no specific elements to this void of character beyond hesitation. Action sequences between generic strong men and ill-defined gusts of wind impart information without excitement. Similar sentiments can be made about the backup story, although the chase with Intergang at least utilizes its setting in a purposeful manner. It’s another competent issue that seems entirely unnecessary to watch Dwayne Johnson team up with the JSA this fall.

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