DC announces ‘Black Adam’ by Priest + Sandoval

The new series finds the ruthless anti-hero infected with a plague that’s destroying his immortality.

Before launching into his own film later this year, DC’s Black Adam will star in a new comic series by Christopher Priest and Rafa  Sandoval, as the former villain and current Justice League member faces his own mortality.

“Forgive the cliché, but I’ve rarely been this excited about a new project,” Priest said. “DC has provided an amazing opportunity for me to explore and, to some degree, reimagine this character in a very new light while bringing new challenges and consequences to a man who has lived far too long and is desperate for redemption. Rafa Sandoval brings palpable voltage to every panel, bringing out my Kirby-Simonson Big Noise instinct as Rafa’s gifts take me to places I never knew I wanted to go. My only regret is we only have 22 pages a month for this.”

Black Adam #1 Main Cover by Irvin Rodriguez

Here’s the description from DC:

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!

And here’s a look at all the various variant covers for the first issue:

“I have been a lifelong fan of everything about Shazam and one of the things I always wanted is to draw a charismatic villain, and black Adam is perfect for this,” Sandoval said. “This is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to work with Christopher Priest and his attention to detail, attentiveness and openness makes him a great creative partner.”

The first issue arrives in stores June 21.

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