Shazam! (2018) #1 Review
Let’s start this out right away and say DC Comics has conveniently timed the newest Shazam! (2018) comic with the upcoming release of the Shazam! film starring Zachary Levi. Then, let’s just say I know nothing about Shazam! and I could have sworn Shaq had a movie in the late 90’s with the same name. I checked, that was Kazaam. Further, I guess Shazam was also known as Captain Marvel. Nope, not THAT upcoming Marvel epic of the same name. Confused yet? I sure the hell was, here consult the Shazam wikipedia page.
So now that we’re past all of that, let’s take a look at the current Shazam! (2018) #1. We still have the young Billy Batson receiving powers from a wizard. Except this time, it isn’t only Billy who’s awarded, it’s his whole foster family. The youths anyway, not the adults. Adults are boring. If Billy Batson learning to use his powers is funny, five more kids with as much fervor and heart as him must be hilarious. The answer: kinda. The youngsters are cute though, I’ll give them that.
It’s both easy and difficult to write a review when you have a talented writer like Geoff Johns writing a comic book. With Shazam! (2018) #1 I’m having the same problem. What am I supposed to say? It’s Geoff Johns and he writes fun and exciting material. The guy made me a believer in Aquaman for cripes sake. Shazam! does not really falter, but it also doesn’t stand out.
Dale Eaglesham’s art is sharp, bold, and direct. It’s also very DC. I think a lot of people like it though, that’s why DC Comics continue to be popular, the formula works. The same could be said for Marvel also, so don’t “what-a-bout” me.
So there you have it, this whole 300+ word review is really just saying Shazam! (2018) is Rugrats with powers from an ancient wizard. Fight me.
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