Review-a-day: Black Adam #4

Posted: September 22, 2014 in Review-a-day
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There’s an important lesson for the residents of the DC Universe in the first few pages of this issue. If you want to kill Black Adam, and by some chance you have the opportunity to, you had better make quite certain that you get it done. If you don’t, his vengeance will be swift and it will be brutal.

The facilitators of this oh so very important lesson? Suitably enough it is a pair of assassins sent to gun down Teth-Adam.Their success was seen at the end of the previous issue. Their failure, well that was letting their target regain enough of himself to speak. That’s a more general lesson, not specific to this issue. If you don’t want to deal with magic, you’d be smart not to let the magic-user speak (smarter still to leave the magic user alone). This initial incident with the assassins, spilling forward from the end of last issue is really the driving factor behind the whole of this one, or at least that time which is spent with Black Adam. From this assassination attempt, the wounded Teth-Adam proceeds to a Vet for treatment and through events their gains the knowledge which propels him to the end of the issue. Now, I harped on this talking about last issue, so I feel I have to mention that the entirety of the scenes at or around the Vet’s office qualify in my mind as a trope. There’s difference here though, at least from my perspective. I feel that the trope in this case is used for character development, while the one last issue was used as a plot device not only for that issue but presumably for the rest of the series which makes it that much less forgivable in my mind.

That said, I do understand that tropes are everywhere. They exist because there are just so many stories that patterns are bound to develop and can be rather difficult to avoid. For whatever reason, the ones I mentioned here and in the previous issue just seem to stand out that much more than normal to me. They did not, however, have a significantly negative effect on my enjoyment of this story as a whole. I’m still very interested in seeing what happens next and just what Peter J. Tomasi has up his sleeve (or had as the case may be). I do have to lament though, how thoroughly Black Adam was distracted from his main purpose this issue. Undoubtedly he’ll get back on track next issue though.

Score: 7.5

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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