Volume 1

Graphic Novel - 2013
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Fifteen-year-old orphan Billy Batson has been selected to wield ancient powers, but these same powers are sought by the villainous Black Adam, and he will do anything to obtain them.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, [2013]
ISBN: 9781401242442
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Frank, Gary 1969-


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aphillips15_0 Jul 04, 2018

Who doesn't love the story of a boy who can magically transform into a superhero by shouting a certain phrase? Shazam, formerly known in the past as Captain Marvel, is revamped for a new generation with some new changes: No Fawcett City (its Philadelphia), certain characters from DC's Flashpoint (also written by Geoff Johns) appear as part of the Shazam family. It makes a great origin story to like the character and just in time to get into the character as there will be a Shazam movie in 2019 starring Zachary Levi.

Mar 18, 2015

I really liked this volume, almost in spite of myself, as the writing and especially the gorgeous art kept me engaged. Rebooting the hard-knocks depression-era orphan Billy Batson in the 21st century is no easy task but Geoff Johns does a decent job turning him into a troubled youth who's been bounced around in "the system" for too long. Black Adam is a more than worthy sneering antagonist, though, and the designs for the 7 deadly sins were cool, wish we could have seen more of them. I do have one big problem with the character, however: for whatever reason, they decide to make him 15 years old at the time he becomes Captain Marvel, which makes his "oh, gosh I'm a grown-up now!" reactions a little harder to swallow. Also, call me cynical but I reckon a teenager that's been in several foster homes and kicked out of several schools would be a little more competent at getting beer- or at least would have managed to try one before! This decision to "age-up" the protagonist was a weird one and possibly taken late on in production as the character design certainly looks younger.


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