Black Adam Rocks DC Comics Just In Time For The Rock Movie

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How it works black adam, the Warner Bros. with Dwayne Johnson, do you plan to bring the modern aspect of the character to a film mainly about his origin story? The answer is unclear. But as far as DCs go black adam miniseries, timed to coincide with the film, writer Priest and artist Rafa Sandoval show they’re doing whatever they want in the first issue. It is a position of which Adam himself would be proud.

Trailers for black adam seem to focus on freeing Adam from his old prison and his initials…well, let’s say “adventures” in the modern world, conflicting with the Justice Society of America. But to anyone who’s read comics in the past two decades, Black Adam isn’t some rogue anti-hero — he’s the supreme god-king of a disguised Middle Eastern country who occasionally deigns to collaborate with Justice. League. A kind of true neutral Doctor Doom, paternally defending the borders of his people while he is worshiped as a deity.

This version of the character, one that plays with the ideas of total power and deadly justice, is the one that Priest and Sandoval introduce into black adam #1. And they also feature Washington DC resident physician Malik White, Adam’s descendant, who seems set to inherit his power.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of books our comic book editor enjoyed over the past week. It’s part society pages about the lives of superheroes, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be spoilers. Perhaps there is not enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)


Image: Priest, Rafa Sandoval/DC Comics

Priest, a creator bouncing in and out of superhero comics since the ’70s, is a writer with a, shall we say, distinct style. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn’t. But he always has something to say, and he never seems to stop saying it, which can make his books fascinating regardless.

Magneto offers a deathmatch challenge to a gray-skinned, red-eyed mutant in a giant arena.  In the stands, Sunspot slyly says to the brightly dressed mutant next to him

Image: Al Ewing, Stefano Caselli/Marvel Comics

I joked that the last five pages of Red X-Men #3 might be better than sex, well, that’s hyperbole, but again… Writer Al Ewing and artist Stefano Caselli pull one of those tricks where it seems like they can’t. are just playing in the sandbox, until the moment you realize they’ve had a bat, ball and tee here the whole time, which is the exact moment the bat slammed.

Image: Chip Zdarsky, Jacom Phillips/Image Comics

Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jacob Phillips’ Newburn wraps up its first arc with more promise, and I’m glad to know it’s found enough of an audience to continue. All eight issues hooked me with the elevator talk of the “mafia private eye” and held my interest even as the story meandered casually through a series of disconnected, almost anthologized stories. Of course, it turned out that all that meandering was going somewhere, and somewhere was all the big crime stories waiting for rogue cops, shady deals, dark favors and doing whatever you got to do to protect yours.

Steve Rogers/Captain America sits in a life drawing class, as the young students around him politely give him advice on how to use a drawing tablet, warning him not to stick the pen in it with his super strength in Captain America: Sentinel of Freedom #1 (2022).

Image: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly/Marvel Comics

Frankly, I don’t know why every Captain America comic doesn’t have at least a bit of him with normal people. This is delicious.

A shocked teenage girl watches an old man hold a cigar box in one hand and a huge black sword in the other in a seedy hallway.

Image: Tyler Crook/Dark Horse Comics

I didn’t know anything about The Lonesome Hunters entry. Turns out “the young hero refuses the call to adventure, grows old, must fight demons like a lonely old man”, no longer a young partner. Designer Tyler Crook’s colors really sell the dirty urban whimsical vibe, and I can’t wait to hear more.

A young girl cries as her wrestling mother is taken out of the ring on a stretcher and in a neck brace.  From across a television screen, a man in shuttered blinds watches it unfold, smiling maniacally in Do a Powerbomb #1 (2022).

Image: Daniel Warren Johnson/Image Comics

With beta ray bill and Jurassic Leaguewriter-artist Daniel Warren Johnson bought a lot of currency with me, so of course I was ready for his Do a Powerbomb, a comic born out of his experience of falling headfirst into pro wrestling fandom. From the real world of kayfabe and performative wrestling, the daughter of a champion who was mortally wounded in the ring is chained to a real supernatural wrestling tournament in a castle ruled by a necromancer who has promised to bring back her dead mother. Yes please.

Image: Christopher Cantwell, Angel Unzueta/Marvel Comics

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