Review-a-day: Black Adam #5

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Review-a-day
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With this, the penultimate issue of the Black Adam limited series, we seem to be taking a step back, a moment to catch our breath before things conclude next issue. I can’t very well say that this is a bad thing, merely an unexpected turn of events.

With the action of the previous couple of issues all but nonexistent in this one, the weight of the issue falls on Peter J. Tomasi’s narrative as he takes Teth-Adam on a more introspective journey than we have seen to this point in the series. It is also more of an accelerated journey this issue as Adam travels from the Bohai Sea, to Brazil, to Antarctica and collects not one, but two more pieces of Isis’ amulet. The acceleration and the introspection manage to coexist oddly well though as the stops in the Bohai and Brazil still allow Adam ample time for internal monologue. Brazil is of particular interest as he encounters a group of indigenous peoples who appear to have come to worship the shard of Isis’ amulet as a fertility deity. This provides one of the more tense, and sad scenes of the issue, but in the end, Adam is who he is, and his own goals must come first. in between the Bohai and Brazil, Adam found the time to covertly meetup with Atom Smasher in a diner (at Smasher’s request). This is another tense scene, but sadly it fails to deliver an answer to just what exactly Smasher has been up to this whole series. That has definitely become an intriguing and bewildering subplot for this series.

Just one more issue and things seem headed for an explosive conclusion. With the DCU’s heroes and an army of assassins (the backers of whom were revealed this issue) on his trail, Atom Smasher up to who knows what, Felix Faust still lurking back at Doctor Fate’s tower and Talia al’Ghul in the shadows as always, I’m not sure how things can possibly come to a satisfying conclusion, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.

Score: 8.0

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

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