DC Announces a New Black Adam Prequel Comic Starring Hawkman

Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam might be hitting theaters a bit later than we were expecting. But one of the film’s supporting characters is getting a new comic book tie-in before he makes his big-screen debut this fall. DC (via The Beat) has announced Black Adam – The Justice Society Files: Hawkman, a 48-page one-shot that takes place before the events of Johnson’s movie.

The issue will arrive this summer, right around the time that Black Adam was supposed to have its world premiere until Warner Bros. delayed the movie last month. As the title suggests, the main story focuses on Hawkman, who will be played by Aldis Hodge in the film. Judging by the one-shot’s description, readers will follow along as the character reflects on his glory days as the leader of the Justice Society. However, things take a turn for the worse when he meets the DCEU’s version of the Gentleman Ghost. Cavan Scott (Star Wars: The High Republic) will pen the story with help from artist Scot Eaton and inker Norm Rapmund.

Additionally, the one-shot will include a back-up story from writer Bryan Q. Miller and artist Marco Santucci. This chapter will feature Sarah Shahi’s character of Adrianna Tomaz/Isis. It sounds as though the story will tie two key moments in Kahndaq’s history together. One concerns Black Adam’s (then known as “Teth-Adam”) relationship with his son in the past; while the other involves Adrianna’s discovery of mysterious artifacts in the present.

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Here’s DC’s official synopsis for the issue:

“Long ago, Hawkman was the leader of the Justice Society, but what is he now? Still a hero, or another relic in a museum? Everything changes when he finds himself haunted by not only the past, but also the vengeful spirit of a wayward thief. Will this Gentleman Ghost be the death of Hawkman or will he deliver a warning from beyond the grave? The road to Black Adam begins here.

Also in this issue: As a pivotal moment in the life of Teth-Adam and his son Hurut begins to unfold in ancient Kahndaq, modern-day Kahndaq meets a new hero—antiquities professor by day, “cultural recovery specialist” by night, Adrianna Tomaz. And unfortunately for Adrianna, she’s about to “liberate” a sacred totem from the wrong interested party—Intergang!”

Black Adam – The Justice Society Files: Hawkman hits comic shops on July 5. You can view Kaare Andrews full cover for the issue below. Meanwhile, Black Adam will open in theaters on October 21.

Are you excited to read the prequel later this year? Let us know in the comment section below!

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