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Shazam! Vol. 1 (The New 52): From the Pages of Justice League (Shazam! (DC Comics)) Paperback – Illustrated, June 3, 2014
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About the Author
Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.
Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.
- ASIN : 1401246990
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401246990
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401246990
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.27 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #375,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That part is less condescending to DC's younger readership. But they couldn't help but be a. little condescendong, so we have the Shazam Family. The Shazam Family is a stupid idea. It's a contrived marketing appeal to the indentity politics crowd. So transparent, it's cringe-worthy: an asian, a latino, a white woman, a black woman, and a "differently abled" person. It's like they were checking off the boxes... so sad. At least they didn't "Miles Morales" Billy. The "evilist person in the city" is a rich white man doing a Snidely Whiplash impression. Not a bad book all the way round, but it didn't need the injection of politics.
Highly recommended for old school Fawcett fans and new readers alike.
Billy Batson is no longer the golden boy he was known for before, in fact he is kind of a brat. However, he is not unlikeable, and is still a pitiable character, dealing with some harsh realities the world has dropped on him. Classic Marvel Family members reappear. Flashpoint-continuity does carry over into this book, but in my humble opinion, is much more palatable. Black Adam is still the same fallen-from-grace villain, but with a slight twist in his origin. I won't spoil it, but he was banished for a reason. The writing is great; the story never drags, is fun, and does not pretend to be the next great comic. In other words, it's exactly as it should be. Frank's art is amazing as usual, and it was nice to see the same artist stick through the whole story. I felt a little cheated when I found out this collection was not going to be included in the Justice League Vol 2. collection, but this story is worth the extra money. It's funny, it's action-packed, it's pretty to look at. Even if you hate the New 52, pick up this book, it does justice to a great history of Billy Batson.
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Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. Johns is fantastic at character building and found myself being sucked into the story very easily. Although magic is featured a bit more, everything still remained pretty grounded. Not only that, but Shazam is actually rather funny and I found myself laughing out loud on quite a few occasions - something that rarely happens with me. The artwork is, as expected, top class.
Overall a fantastic origin story for those new to Shazam. I read this in a day and immediately went looking for a sequel, which sadly there is not one as of yet!
By the end, it is clear that Shazam isn't a one-dimensional, Superman rip-off. I'd describe the character as a representation of the potential that lies in all of us. Whatever our formative years have thrown at us, we can all be good, not just to ourselves and those we are close to but to the wider community too. It's not easy, but we shouldn't expect it to be.
Johns usually writes epic stories that weave DC myths and can be quite schmaltzy. He has held back - thankfully - and Gary Frank's art is superb.
I do hope this team get back together soon to build upon this great foundation.
Due to copyright issues, Captain Marvel is no more, long live Shazam! The story remains largely the same, a young boy meets an old wizard who grants him magical powers in order to protect the world from the threat of magic.
The biggest difference in this book however is that Billy Batson is not the sweet young boy of yesteryear, but is instead a stuck up brat with a serious attitude problem. For years he has been bounced from home to home before he meets a couple who actively help foster children by giving them a home, as they were foster children themselves. Billy is rather mean to his foster brothers and sisters but soon warms to them, and is soon transported to meet the old wizard at the Rock of Eternity. To the shock of the wizard, Billy does not have the pure heart he seeks, but sees enough in the teenager to grant him the powers of Shazam.
Billy later tells his foster brother Freddy about his new found powers and they use them to get revenge on the school bullies and buy some beer, when Billy realises that he tends to find trouble and that his new powers can help him save people. Later, a newly released Black Adam, the previous champion of magic, is revived and comes after Billy. In order to beat him, Billy shares his power with his foster siblings and together they stop Black Adam and the 7 Sins.
This book is an absolute must read, the change to Billy's character really works well and adds a level to the character that he previously lacked, that he should strive to be a good person rather than being born as one. The supporting cast works well too, with Freddy the crafty sibling and Mary the eldest sensible one being joined by the adorable Darla, the tech savvy Eugene and the gentle giant Pedro.
This is the one book that deserves its own series and i'm quite amazed that DC haven't given it one yet.
The story introduces the origin and back story to Billy/Shazam! and is a must read with a really entertaining story line introducing Black Adam, 7 deadly sins and Dr Havan. It all flows and keeps you gripped.
Sadly I have no idea when or if there will be a Volume 2 - so sources say this is just a back story to explain Justice League involvement which I find such a pain as I am sure this would be a strong series. Oh well, I would say buy and hope more comes.