Christopher Priest and Rafa Sandoval Team up for BLACK ADAM Series

March 14, 2022

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Powered by stunning art from 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! The first issue of the BLACK ADAM series will be available at local comic book shops on Tuesday, June 21.

“Forgive the cliché, but I’ve rarely been this excited about a new project,” said writer Christopher Priest. “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.”

There is no forgiveness for Black Adam. This is the reality that Teth-Adam, immortal man of indomitable will, must face when he discovers he’s 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!

“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,” said Artist Rafa Sandoval. “This is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to work with Christopher Priest, and his attentiveness, attention to details and openness makes him a great creative partner.”

(BLACK ADAM #1 1:50 Ratio Variant Cover by Cully Hamner)

BLACK ADAM will feature open to order variant covers by Rafa Sandoval, Mikel Janin and Lucio Parrillo, as well as a 1:25 variant by Crystal Kung, 1:50 throwback variant cover by Cully Hamner, a 1:100 foil variant by Lucio Parrillo and a team variant cover by Travis Mercer and Danny Miki.

1:25 variant cover by CRYSTAL KUNG 
1:50 throwback variant cover by CULLY HAMNER 
1:100 foil variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO 
Team variant cover by TRAVIS MERCER and DANNY MIKI 
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock) 
ON SALE 6/21/22 

BLACK ADAM #1 will be available at local comic book shops and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, June 21. For the latest information on BLACK ADAM visit the DC website at and follow @DCComics and @thedcnation on social media. The DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription service is your one-stop spot for a host of classic and memorable stories; for more information and to subscribe, check out the website at

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