Review-a-day: Black Adam #2

Posted: September 16, 2014 in Review-a-day
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As I continue my look back at the 2007 Black Adam limited series in honor of the character’s impending (eventually) feature film debut I become more and more interested in the idea of seeing the character on the big screen, even if I can’t see it being this version of the character.

Yesterday I posited that Black Adam was, in his own way, on par with the likes of the Joker as one of the scariest villains in the DC Universe. Now, in issue #2 of this limited series, we find Teth-Adam, having achieved what he sought in the previous issue only to have it slip painfully through his fingers in the opening moments of this one (because it wouldn’t be much of a story if things went perfectly for him), in a desperate, perhaps even crazed state. Over one single page Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy and Nathan Eyring paint a frankly disturbing portrait of this man, coldly determined as he wanders the world carrying his beloved’s remains in a backpack and muttering a seemingly random string of words as he seeks the one that will return his powers to him. Teth-Adam’s wandering eventually brings him to the home of Doctor Fate, but instead of Fate, he finds an imprisoned Felix Faust and as supervillains are so often able to do when they both have something to gain, they form something of a partnership. The plot device that is formed from here, while certainly feeling a bit cliched, should actually work very nicely to add every increasing tension and desperation to Black Adam’s quest, especially once he inevitably comes face to face with the DCU’s various heroes.

I cannot praise the page depicting the wandering, muttering Teth-Adam enough. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a character’s desperate state presented so simply yet so very clearly before, at least not in a scene where the character isn’t in any kind of immediate danger. If this kind of quality persists throughout the rest of the series, then it should be an absolute pleasure to follow Black Adam on his quest.

Score: 8.5

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


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