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?
Geek DadMaxine'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.
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Major SpoilersOverall, 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.
ComicBook.comMaxine 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.