Superman is making a pitch to his fellow Justice League members which would have been absolutely absurd previously: He wants Black Adam to join the superteam. In the new issue of Justice League #60, the Man of Steel continues to see something in Teth-Adam that leads him to believe the former villain is a perfect candidate to join the newest version of the League.
Black Adam is a longtime Shazam villain, who has similar magical powers to his heroic counterpart. While he was originally known as a bad guy who would often fight against good, more recent comics have turned the ruler of Kahndaq into an antihero who's been a fierce defender and protector of the country he is from. In the current Justice League story, a powerful demonic villain named Brutus attacked Black Adam's home in search of a hero named Naomi McDuffie. The Justice League would intervene and help save the day, which is where Superman noticed something heroic in Black Adam.
In Justice League #60 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Tamra Bonvillain, and Josh Reed, Black Adam tracks down Naomi in Oregon, hoping to find answers about Brutus' attack. However, before Teth-Adam can quiz Naomi, Superman grabs him out of the sky and asks him what he's doing there. Adam obviously is looking to stop Brutus before he attacks again. When Naomi joins the conversation, Superman invites them back to the Hall of Justice. While the League asks Naomi about what she knows about Brutus (not much), the conversation quickly turns to Black Adam. When Black Canary asks what he's doing there, Batman blurts out "Clark wants to invite Teth-Adam onto the Justice League."
Superman says Black Adam showed heroism in Kahndaq and could be a helpful addition to the team. He suggests he could rise to the occasion while bringing an entirely new perspective. The rest of the Justice League are confused. Flash asks Superman if he got hit too hard in the head while noting other heroes, such as Blue Devil, is desperate to get back on the roster. Green Arrow calls Superman out for a perceived lack of fairness, saying anyone calling him out looks evil in comparison. Superman tells Green Arrow he's changed for the better, so why not allow someone else to?
The rest of the Justice League is understandably shocked to learn Superman is not only allowing Black Adam into their headquarters but advocating for him to be part of the team. Honestly, they have a right to be upset and confused. They've fought against Black Adam countless times. But, as Superman points out, Black Adam has become more of a hero and could bring something new to the team. It wasn't an easy sell, but for now, Kal-El convinced the team to have Black Adam on the roster. It should be interesting to see what Shazam has to say about his inclusion. Justice League #60 is in stores now.
Liam McGuire is a comics editor for Screen Rant. He has worked for numerous publications including Cineplex Canada, MLB.com, Vice, CBR.com, and more. You can reach out to him directly at [email protected]
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