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From the backup stories of the Justice League New 52 series comes the re-imagining of Shazam. Geoff Johns proves once again why he is a master storyteller. He takes characters and their decades long histories and manages to make them new and accessible but still familiar. Billy Batson is the kid who can become the world's mightiest mortal. Just by saying a word. He is imbued with these great powers by a dying wizard who wants to save humanity. Billy is a troublesome boy. Bouncing from foster home to home he finally lands in one that seemingly fits. Johns makes this story one of family. It's not about blood it's about bond. Your family is of people you bond with not necessarily your blood relatives. That's what Johns is out to prove that with this story. The villains are great too. Dr. Sivana, the seven deadly sins, and of course Black Adam. Again Johns makes them great.
Johns frequent collaborator Gary Frank does the illustrating here along with colorist Brad Anderson. Frank brings a real sense of emotion to his characters faces. It's really amazing. There is never a dull panel with this art team.
This oversized hardcover has glossy pages, sketch sheets in the back, and a brand new introduction by Geoff Johns. Great story. Glad DC did the oversize treatment with this one. Hopefully they also do the newer Shazam series by Johns too as it is the sequel to this one.
Took a chance on this title. As a big comic fan, both Marvel and DC, I hadn’t read much Shazam. I did like the movie when it came out. And the combo of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank means it had potential. So glad I picked this up. Makes Billy / Shazam a fun, relatable character. The art is gorgeous. The story was great (esp since these were originally backup stories in other comics). I already want to read more adventures after reading this gray piece!