Black Adam #9

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Eddy Barrows, Rafa Sandoval Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 22, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 10
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF ADAM: EAST OF EGYPT BOOK 2 In the 24th century B.C., having proclaimed himself pharaoh, the mighty Adam finds himself surrounded by enemies while discovering that holding the throne is a lot harder than seizing it. Meanwhile, in the present, those same enemies from the Old Kingdom now threaten modern-day Kahndaq as, amid civil unrest, a resurrected Ibac the Invincible conspires with Adam’s political rival.

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Robert Reed Mar 22, 2023

    Priest and Eddy Barrows create a rich study of Adam's past, making for a compelling, yet unsympathetic villain. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 22, 2023

    Each new strand enhances the collective narrative of Black Adam as they reinforce themes of oppression, power, and perspective. Priest's answer to the origin of Black Adam's name reads in an entirely natural manner that provides it with a great sense of tragedy. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Mar 24, 2023

    Black Adam is a very intriguing story about one of the more complex figures of the DC Universe. The more you learn about Adam's history, the more nuanced and intriguing he becomes and under the thumb of an esoteric writer like Christopher Priest, this can make for a fantastic series. With Priest, Barrows, Ferreira and Herms, this book might stand as one of the more definitive stories for Black Adam right next to Black Reign or The Dark Age. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 21, 2023

    Adam is a more flawed and nuanced villain than Priest's last character study, Deathstroke, but he's also done even worse things. That makes this a fascinating story where we're not sure if we want him to find redemption or not. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Bryant Lucas Mar 27, 2023

    As per usual, Black Adam #9 is another installment in a bloated yet brilliant title. When it comes to industry writers, Priest is an intellectual powerhouse. He's well-read and unafraid to take this title to places usually untread by comic writers. However, this strength is also a frustration, as it's hard to follow the writing when serialized. I look forward to rereading this run once it's released in trade format. It'll undoubtedly be easier to digest. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Mar 27, 2023

    This series has been consistently fantastic and it continues in this issue. I love the writing in this book. I find the story to be fascinating and I really didn't want it to end. The artwork is beautiful and matches the tone of the story perfectly. The only thing I don't like honestly is the fact that this is issue 9 of 12. I really don't want this book to end.

  • 8.5
    REYNARD Mar 21, 2023

    Eddy Barrows' art is top tier! And that prose page with Priest's thesis on Black Adam was PEAK.

    Here are some annotations I compiled:

    -We finally meet the "wife" of Shakur Nassar and get the rest of Teth-Adam's revamped backstory.

    -Nassar's wife is Oni Grace, a character I'm not sure has been pre-established before this issue. She seems to be a temptress and a manipulator with ambitions and unknown motives.

    -We learn that Mighty Adam had built a secret getaway so he could retire and become mortal in his off-hours. One day he is attacked by a resurrected Ibac and his master, Mereuka, leader of the Circle of Crows (minions of the Nth World). Adam escapes, but Ibac releases Mamaragan from his slumbe more

  • 6.0

    I really think this book is unfocused as hell. I know Priest's style of writing is very non-linear and sometimes pieces that don't seem important later are. But it makes for a very uncompelling read when you feel like you're just being thrown scraps of story in service to the full 12 issue story, rather than this single issue's story.

  • 10
    YBWonder Mar 25, 2023

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Mar 23, 2023

  • 9.0
    Swanktub Mar 26, 2023

  • 9.0
    cizmansahaf Mar 21, 2023

  • 8.0
    retcon_D Mar 22, 2023

  • 8.0

  • 7.0
    charliewesnes Apr 12, 2023

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