Review-a-day: Black Adam #1

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Review-a-day
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In honor of the confirmation of a Shazam! movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam, I’ve decided to take a look back at the Black Adam limited series from two years ago in a DC Universe on the verge of The New 52 reboot (in five years or so anyway). Does it make a good primer for the character in preparation for the coming blockbuster?

Well, based on the series’ first issue alone, I can’t imagine this being the version of the character we’ll be seeing. Dwayne Johnson is known for playing heroic roles and, while there’s obviously room for things to change over the next five issues, this Black Adam is definitely not a hero. Teth-Adam is a very dark character. The book opens with a scene of him tied to a chair and being punched repeatedly in the face. Why? Because this is a depowered, hunted Teth-Adam. He is a fugitive in his own country and in order to get around freely, he needs to change his appearance. What does it say about the character that that is his solution to the problem of being recognized? Worse still, what does it say about the men, best described as religious fanatics, who follow him? Black Adam is a character I only have a very passing familiarity with and I’ve never thought all that much of him. Just a super powerful despot. What Peter J. Tomasi has shown me with just this first issue is that Black Adam has the potential to be one of the scariest villains in the DC Universe. In his own way he even manages to challenge the Joker for the top spot now in my eyes, and that’s without his powers.

More than just a palette swapped counter for Shazam, this issue has gotten me not only interested in seeing how the rest of this story plays out, but also excited at the prospect of seeing this character brought to life on the big screen. Once again though, I really can’t imagine this will be the version of the character we see on film, but I for one would love to see The Rock try his hand at playing a villain like this.

Score: 8.0

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Norm Rapmund and Nathan Eyring
Letters By: Nick J. Napolitano
Price: $1.99 (on ComiXology)


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