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Preview: Black Adam #4

Black Adam #4

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Rafael Sandoval (CA) Irvin Rodriguez
In Shops: Sep 20, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THERE IS NO REDEMPTION FOR BLACK ADAM. Thousands of years ago, did Black Adam inadvertently create a powerful race who’ve modeled themselves after the Akkadian pantheon of goddesses and gods? Or is he being gaslighted, taunted by illusions, by one of his many enemies? Theo Teth-Adam finds only more questions when he is lured to the Akkadian Hightower and given a cryptic message. Meanwhile, Adam has dispatched Etrigan the Demon, an unlikely ally, to either train his youthful successor or kill him.

Black Adam #4

Preview: Vampirella: Year One #2

Vampirella: Year One #2

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Ergun Gunduz (CA) Lucio Parrillo
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“The History of the World” continues! Having fled the elite underground city of New Asema to hide from Lilith’s enemies, a preteen Vampirella takes refuge on the surface world, which has been ravaged by a drought caused by her mother’s machinations. Taken in by a wealthy aristocrat, Vampi learns compassion for Drakulon’s underclass, which leads to a comical petty theft that brings Vampi into confrontation with her mother’s mysterious Lieutenant, who is certain to expose the child’s secret and ruin Vampi’s one chance to escape her mother’s influence.
All this and the origin of the planet Drakulon and the mysterious alternate reality of Earth known as Arcadia!

Vampirella: Year One #2

Preview: Black Adam #3

Black Adam #3

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Rafael Sandoval (CA) Irvin Rodriguez
In Shops: Aug 16, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Black Adam is dead, and the Mesopotamian gods of Akkad are having a field day. Are the gods real or are they merely figments of human imagination? Accepting death but denied redemption, Black Adam becomes an ersatz Gilgamesh as he journeys through Akkadian Hell while Malik, his young descendant, goes to extreme and unethical measures to try and revive him, all the while wondering if he should save the life of one of the greatest evils the world has ever known.

Black Adam #3

Preview: Draculina #5

Draculina #5

Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Michael Sta. Marie
Covers: Collette Turner (A), Rachta Lin (B), Guillem March (C), Rafael Kayanan (D) Cosplay – Panda Valentine
32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

DRACULINA GETS EVERYTHING SHE EVER DREAMED OF – AND IT TURNS OUT TO BE A NIGHTMARE!
An enigmatic faerie named after an ancient Greek poet has twisted the multiverse, exchanging the fates of Draculina and her alternate reality “self” Katie, and forcing Draculina to experience a vulnerable humanity, with all its emotional consequences, for the first time in her long, immortal life. Meanwhile, Katie has gained everything she has ever wished for – like all the powers of a full vampiri, including the bloodlust! But the reality of having supernatural power quickly crushes her childhood fantasy as, ravenous for blood, Katie’s innocence hangs in the balance!

Draculina #5

Preview: Vampirella: Year One #1

Vampirella: Year One #1

Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ergün Gündüz and Giovanni Timpano
Covers: Collette Turner (A), Lucio Parrillo (B), Derrick Chew (C), Guillem March (D), Cosplay (E)
32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Following the explosive conclusion to Vampirella/Dracula: Unholy comes the next chapter in Christopher Priest’s Vampirella saga! Wanted for murder, and with every demon, shaman, vampire, whack-job zealot, reporter, and law enforcement officer on Earth hunting for her, Vampirella has taken refuge in an undisclosed location where she questions why she came to our world in the first place.

Vampirella: Year One #1

Preview: Black Adam #2

Black Adam #2

Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Rafa Sandoval

“I am not a hero, I’m a god.” Who is Black Adam? His power and his very life draining from him, Theo Teth-Adam is confronted by a specter from his past haunting him with the treachery he employed to gain his powers and forcing him to confront an inescapable truth: there is no redemption for Black Adam.

Black Adam #2

Preview: Draculina #4

Draculina #4

Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Michael Sta. Marie
Covers: Collette Turner (A), Rose Besch (B), Guillem March (C), Rafael Kayanan (D), Cosplay (E)
32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

When the demon Belial tips off the jilted lover of their arranged marriage, Draculina finds herself hunted by the interdimensional “Reality Merchant” Hesiod, who punishes Draculina by altering reality to reverse the fortunes of Draculina and her young alt-self Katie, granting the power (and wings!) of the Vampiri to the preteen while leaving Draculina confronted by an unwanted and fragile humanity, and at the mercy of her enemies!

Draculina #4

Review: Black Adam #1

Black Adam #1

Every week there’s a few comics I’m super excited to read. This week, Black Adam #1 is one of them. The combination of the creative team and the subject is a comic that has me excited and it being DC Black Label means it’ll be a bit more mature and do things you can’t in the regular continuity.

Written by Priest, the comic plants a flag early as to what we can expect from it. Lord Adam is dragged before a US Senate hearing about violations of some exportation laws involving Kahndaq. A leader of the democratic opposition movement is murdered. All of that spins into a shocking finale that looks to explore the future of the nation.

Priest has delivered superhero heroics with political drama for a debut that looks to challenge the perception of Black Adam as a despot and ruler, a benevolent dictator. I can guess exactly where things might go and what discussions might be had but it all comes together for a start that has a lot of potential as a comic series that will challenge the reader to think about the role of superpowers and superheroes, as well as those in the middle.

The art by Rafa Sandoval is fantastic. With colors by Matt Herms and lettering by Willie Schubert, everything about Black Adam #1 looks beautiful. The character design is great. The action is solid and the transformations are memorable. The use of words in battle and switching explodes on the page in memorable moments… really all the visuals are memorable. It’s a comic that’s as great to look at as it is to read.

As an aside, having worked on the Hill, the scene in the Dirksen Senate building brought back memories and the rather cold and boring look of hearing rooms. It’s not that far off from reality so bravo to Priest and Sandoval. Though, The main room in the Senate might have been more appropriate for a head of state, plus the “comic hearings” took place there too.

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.

Story: Priest Art: Rafa Sandoval
Color: Matt Herms Letterer: Willie Schubert
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Black Adam #1

Black Adam #1

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Rafael Sandoval (CA) Irvin Rodriguez
In Shops: Jun 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

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 painted covers by Irvin Rodriguez (Detective Comics), writer Christopher Priest (Deathstroke, Justice League) brings his trademark wit and skill for character deconstruction to an entirely fresh examination of the man you love to hate! Get ready to ride the lightning!

Black Adam #1

Preview: Vampirella / Dracula: Unholy #6

Vampirella / Dracula: Unholy #6

Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Donny Hadiwidjaja
Covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Rose Besch (B), Shannon Maer (C), Zoe Lacchei (D), Cosplay / Neried (E)
32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Vampirella’s husband, Matt Ecsed, is finally free of Dracula’s curse…or is he? There are spoilers on literally every page of this hair-trigger climax, including a final page stunner that is also bound to be spoiled by internet trolls! Vampirella’s epic love/hate affair with the Lord of Evil concludes here, and the most we can say about this final issue is you’ll hate yourself if you miss it (and we’ll hate you, too).

Vampirella / Dracula: Unholy #6
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