Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1 Review

Frigid Frenzy

Written By: Ron Marz, Andy Lanning
Art By: Brandon Peterson, Mike Atiyeh, Wes Abbott, Marco Santucci, Arif Prianto, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 22, 2020

It's the penultimate issue to our Endless Winter Event and with that hopefully, we'll finally be getting more than our heroes punching ice monsters and actually get to the real meat of the story.... the Frost King himself. I have to think that will be the case since we're pulling a Black Adam one-shot out of nowhere to tell this chapter and if you've gotten anything out of this mini-event so far, it's that Black Adam is an asshole and that the Frost King has every reason in the world to want to see him laid low. Let's jump into Chapter 8 here and see if Black Adam will be able to hold his own against this chilly threat and if we'll find out more about the Frost King family suspended in ice at Stagg Industries. Let's check it out.

For this issue, we finally make our way back to Stagg Industries, and not only us, but everyone in this series is converging on Sebastian Stagg's operation. We've got Black Adam and his villain group, we've got the Frost King and we have the Justice League finally getting to the big bad of this story..... the weirdest part though, we don't have our newly formed 10 AD heroes here, but since Black Adam is already doing his worst, I'm sure that they'll show up for the big finale.  

While you will have a grand battle between the Frost King and Black Adam and his group, it doesn't really live up to the hype I was making it out to be in my head and I think that's because we have this Kryptonian crystals element to the story that was introduced in the first issue of this event and even though it was set up, the idea that the Frost King has absorbed Kryptonian crystals and they're making him stronger than he ever was before doesn't do much for me because I'm not sure why or how, it's just there and seemingly only to have a moment in this issue where Sebastian Stagg has one of his robots shoot at him with the power of the Kryptonian crystals, which just level him up even more for our big battle in the final issue, but I would have liked to see what he was capable of against our Justice League before this went down to get a real frame of reference.

All in all, I did enjoy the art in this book a lot and love that we're moving things along, which is weird to say for the penultimate issue.... it better move things along because we've run out of time, but ultimately this is just a fight, where our villain gets more powerful and since you haven't seen him do much besides for flashbacks to 10 AD, it doesn't mean much that he's more powerful if you never really saw the initial power against our heroes. I'm not saying that our flashback 10 AD heroes are slouches, but they're no present-day Justice League. One more issue of this mini-event and with that, I can't say that I've had a good time reading this because it really hasn't amounted to much and we never really did anything with the characters, this issue included.

Bits and Pieces:

While you'll get some great art and some big ol' fight scenes with a bunch of different characters, we've pretty much just padded this event out to this point, where here we set things up for the final battle, and while there is some action-y fun to be had here, it just really doesn't do enough and brings back concepts that were never really spelled out all that well to begin with.


1 comment:

  1. Yeah, this min-event has been pretty underwhelming aside form the Justice League A.D. flashbacks. This issue was certainly better since we get to see Black Adam and his team of super-villains in action, especially Multiplex. Poor Multiplex. But that's about it. It was just a long fight to stall the Frost King until the Justice League showed up.