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After Black Adam, I became interested to check out some Black Adam comics and this one didn't disappoint. It is not just about Black Adam and Isis but of Justice Society of America. And even after the Black Adam and Isis case ended. I enjoyed the rest of the book. That's the beauty of DC comics. And seeing Isis like this was an experience.
Loved it. We can see many elements of inspiration that were used for the movie with Dwayne Johnson in the 1st story. All great stories that have a certain darkness to them but not all Black Adam themed. A great continuation in the series, an instant classic and again ...wished I read it sooner.
The first three chapters (of six) of this JSA compilation concern Black Adam's quest to restore Isis to life. Things don't quite go according to plan, and Billy and Mary Batson become Black Marvels themselves! I'm a fan of Captain Marvel, so I was especially interested in this story arc. It is an exciting, entertaining, and sad story, but unfortunately it's also a story that remains incomplete, to some extent. Presumably, the dangling threads are sewn up in a Captain Marvel comic, but not in JSA. My favorite story in this set, and perhaps my favorite JSA story of all, is number four, "Happy Birthday, Stargirl!". This is a delightful one-off story with lots of humor and feeling. There's no action, per se, howbeit lots of interest. Starman is a hoot in this comedy -- who knew he was such a fan of ice cream? In my opinion, the book is worthy getting just for this birthday story. The final two chapters in the book involve a dark spirit that invades JSA headquarters and even takes possession of one of its members. This is an exciting and well-told tale. The artwork and storytelling throughout "Black Adam and Isis" is excellent. The book fails to get 5 stars from me only because of the somewhat incomplete Marvel arc.
When the Black Marvels are written well they are an enthralling group of characters. Teth Adam in particular is very complex under Johns and the return of Isis adds more interesting depth to his outcome. I really enjoyed this collection and would recommend it if you liked any of his previous JSA volumes or the Black Adam solo mini-series. There are a lot of players involved here so that can make you lost -- it's best if this volume is where you end instead of where you start. The plot will also have a great deal more impact if you are familiar with and attached to these people. While not a must, it helps if you have also read Infinite Crises and 52, since this kind of builds on some events that happened there. Even having read all those, I have not read Captain Marvel, so I was a little confused with some of the recent changes in that mythos. But overall it was well worth the purchase. I am pleased that rather than break up the collections between the end of Geoff Johns' run and the start of Jerry Ordway's, DC included the first few issues of the next storyline here so that you can get a taste of the new creative team. Excellent idea!
The Black adam arc was pretty good. At the end of it the Marvel Family and the Black Marvel Family changed forever. Things will never bee the same and the JSA is increasing numbers too.
The second part of the book I found refreshing. No Black Adam but the story "Black Adam ruin my birthday" was a breath on fresh air. It made me laugh a lot. Was a really cool short story were you remember that some times the dark sotries (while good) need a little contrast. Thats what it was, a great contrast. A little joy story after all the blackness.
In short, I'm happy to get all the Geoff Jones JSA books, and this last one was pretty good too.
The last few pages, which contains some Blackest Night prologe are quite good too.
The Kindle reader is not good with comics. I don't understand why. With a regular book I can click the page & it enlarges. Doesn't work with comics. They rolled out a new Beta feature for reading comics, but when I magnified the pages, the words were blurry. I switched back to the regular mode & clicked within the frame for magnification. It made it bigger, but only a small section at a time and I still had to get close to my screen to read it. Annoying! And why won't it work with my desktop computer's magnification feature (ctrl and plus sign)? It's like they made the comic frame in such a way that my computer won't even recognize it or change it. I ended up buying the physical comic from a dealer on a certain auction website so I could see the words at a normal size. You can do better Amazon! Make it so only one page opens at a time in a larger format, one that can be enlarged if needed using a computer's magnification methods.