Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Black Adam #3 Review

No Redemption In Death

Written By: Priest
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Matt Herms, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 16, 2022

For this issue of Black Adam, we're going to be dealing with what happens to a Black Adam after he's dead. I'm talking about the afterlife and I'm talking about what happens to the people around him after he's dead, like his descendant Malik White, who Black Adam just passed his powers down on to. Let's jump into this issue and see if the story gets a bit more in line with what continuity has going on, outside of Dark Crisis obviously, since it already went and made the big step in making Malik at least tolerable. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

So Black Adam is dead. What does that mean to us? Well, it means that we're going to be spending an issue with Black Adam in the afterlife....... maybe. You see, this is a weird issue that has us deal with the concept of Gods, Sumerian Gods, and Sumerian rulers who battle heaven bulls...... while Black Adam just kind of looks on and is told that this could also just be because of oxygen deprivation. Mostly though, like us, he just gets the run around this issue as nothing is really accomplished with the idea of Black Adam supposedly going to hell as the previous issue told us we were going to be exploring here in the cliffhanger.  

As for the land of the living, we have Malik White doing his best detective/doctoring, which really just could be the same in trying to figure out what caused the death of Black Adam, you know, with that terrible necrosis that he had going on and even though we saw a strange battle in space with a fake Darkseid and what appeared to be a real Desaad, it seems that something completely different is going on and three issues in, this Black Adam series is really just wearing me out in the story that it's trying to tell.

All in all, I do really enjoy the art in this book, even with some of the afterlife stuff blending together at times in some of the action, but the story is just leaving me lost in what it's trying to do because we spend the majority of an issue here thinking that we're seeing Black Adam in the afterlife, but for some reason dealing with Sumerian Gods, but even this concept is possibly tossed aside with the idea of oxygen deprivation hallucinations so with that we have an issue that ultimately feels like it didn't matter beyond Malik's investigations and interactions with the US State Department and while Malik is a lot more tolerable than he was in the first issue, this bit of the book doesn't scream excitement. Just a weird installment to this series that feels like it's struggling to begin with.

Bits and Pieces:

While elements of this book are interesting with Black Adam in the underworld, the way that it comes off is really just confusing and goes out of its way to not say anything at all. Yeah, I still enjoy the art a lot but the story just isn't doing it for me yet and I hope that aspect changes as we go along as I was looking forward to this Black Adam maxi-series.


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