Review-a-day: Black Adam #6

Posted: September 24, 2014 in Review-a-day
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Perhaps it should have been obvious from the start, but with so much going on in the background of this story, maybe it was doomed to miss out on a truly satisfying conclusion from the beginning and I just didn’t see it. Clearly I forgot just exactly what beast I was dealing with here.

That beast? Superhero comics of course. Or rather, the continuity of superhero comics. It’s an endless field of countless winding threads. It’s daunting and it never stops moving forward, which is why DC Comics ended up rebooting nearly the entirety of theirs. This is on me though. As I said, I clearly forgot what I was dealing with and was thinking of this as something more standalone with a solid beginning, middle and end. What it was, was a series that spilled out of previous event comics and whose story undoubtedly continued on through the main DC books following this series’ conclusion. I admit, in its way, the story Peter J. Tomasi is telling here of Black Adam’s dealings with Felix Faust and his quest to resurrect Isis is given something of a satisfying conclusion here, even while clearly not being the end of the story. The problem here wasn’t the main plot, but rather everything around it. If you are reading this series as something singular and not the piece of a greater whole that it is, each instance of Talia al’Ghul, or Atom Smasher, or the JLA/JSA raises expectations of something that will be satisfied by the end of the series but then isn’t . The JLA/JSA are barely more than window dressing, always showing up late and with the exception of Atom Smasher, never coming face to face with the titular character. For his part, whatever Atom Smasher was up to with Isis’ ring finger is not revealed within the confines of this series. And Talia al’Ghul, she was just a cameo. A necessary couple of panels because a Lazarus pit was used in the first issue. Even the assassins who were on Adam’s trail from the beginning technically beat him, causing him to slink (or swim) off before they are implied to have been wrapped up by the JLA/JSA and the board of shadowy figures backing them returns to business as usual.

In the end, it’s really not a bad series, just for me, a disappointing ending. I came into this series wanting a better understanding of Black Adam as a character and I feel that I’ve gotten that. If you’re going to pick it up though, you just need to come into it with your eyes open and know that everything is not going to by tied up in a nice bow by the time you reach the last page.

Score: 6.0

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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