Black Adam #1

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Rafael Sandoval Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 22, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 28
7.5Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

There is no forgiveness for Black Adam.
This is the reality Teth-Adam, immortal man of indomitable will, must face when he discovers he has been infected with an incurable plague destroying his immortality. Haunted by the specter of centuries of dark deeds, Black Adam transfers his powers to a worthy successor who will redeem Adam's legacy and defend their ancestral homeland of Kahndaq, only to subsequently become mystically "handcuffed" to him when Adam's plague is arrested, giving birth to perhaps the most volatile and dysfunctional super-team in DC history! Powered by stunning art by Rafa Sandoval (Justice League) and breathtaking pai more

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 22, 2022

    Black Adam #1 is a fantastic debut. This is a "mature superhero comic in that it'll make readers think yet delivers the action and spandex and capes one would expect. I had high expectations for it and it met them in every way. One of the best comics of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 21, 2022

    People who wanted a lot more of Black Adam's typical brand of explosive action may be a little disappointed with this first issue, as there is only one big fight scene, but those people are just missing what makes Priest's work great. He's creating the supervillain equivalent of a nuclear arms race by the end of the issue, and the eleven issues ahead are likely to be great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jun 21, 2022

    Challenging, subversive, and mean as all hell, this is exactly the Black Adam book you'd hope to get from this creative team. Readers are in for something entirely new. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jan 1, 1970

    Black Adam #1 is an incredible start. The character is already one of the most imposing that DC has created, as well as being unpredictable. And yet Priest, Sandoval, and Herms shatter expectations. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Bryant Lucas Jun 30, 2022

    Black Adam #1 is an excellent first issue, as it establishes not only the characters place with the DCU but also a conflict thats fascinating. Its obvious that Priest has a plan for this series and that Sandoval's art jives with Priests vision. This premiere issue delivers a complicated picture of a complicated character with a cliffhanger that will likely leave readers wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 22, 2022

    Black Adam #1 sets the stage to challenge readers' existing notions of the character and global and never fail to simultaneously entertain. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 21, 2022

    Thanks to Sandoval, BLACK ADAM #1 ignites with power and explodes out of the gate. However, it's Priest's story that confuses us as readers are quickly introduced to a variety of characters and plot threads without much introduction or explanation. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Jun 21, 2022

    BLACK ADAM #1 takes the titular character in a new direction and introduces readers to the funny and charismatic Malik! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 21, 2022

    Black Adam has all the structure and setup of a typical Priest ride. Priest will definitely take readers on an unpredictable journey so its best not to judge too quickly after a somewhat jarring opening act. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 23, 2022

    This doesn't feel in any way related to the Black Adam we've been seeing in Justice League and the timing is bizarre, to put it mildly, but it's a solid Priest story with okay art. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    GWW - Brian Villar Jun 21, 2022

    Black Adam overall is a solid entry with a lot of potential but needs not to rush the story. With everything in this issue, you would think it was a 6-part mini-series, not 12 parts. If they can slow it down and flush out the story, there is a fantastic story. Priest and Sandoval are building something new and unique for Kahndaq and Black Adam, but there is no need to rush and create unneeded confusion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 21, 2022

    Look, I love Black Adam, love all the Captain Marvel/Shazam Family mythos but I have to say that this first issue really threw me off with what I'm supposed to know about this Black Adam since he feels so far removed from any Adam that I feel I've ever seen. On top of that, the big point of the story seems to be the heir to Black Adam, and I find his heir to be insufferable at the moment so hopefully that changes since I enjoyed the art in this book and love the character overall. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jun 24, 2022

    No matter how good the artwork may be, this debut issue cannot get around the fact that it feels completely unnatural. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 27, 2022

    While fighting a fake Darkseid, Adam (and later Teth) are infected with some kind of malady that the power of SHAZAM! cannot fix so the anti-hero decides to transfer his powers to a random descendant (despite the wizard being the only one who can bestow such power). This has the Ron Marz lets randomly give one hero's powers to some dude stink all over it. Read Full Review

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