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Preview: Shazam! #2

Shazam! #2

(W) Mark Waid (A) Dan Mora
In Shops: Jun 06, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Shazam versus S-H-A-Z-A-M! Billy Batson was given the powers of the gods by the Wizard Shazam–but Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury never gave the Wizard their permission. Displeased with how Billy is representing them, the disgruntled gods engage in a six-way fight for sole control of the World’s Mightiest Mortal…or, if they get their way, the World’s Mightiest Puppet. May the craftiest god win!

Shazam! #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fence: Redemption #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Astrobots #2 (Massive/WhatNot) – The first issue was great, filling a big Transformers gap. The art was awesome and we’re expecting more.

By the Horns #9 (Scout Comics) – More fantasy fun!

Deadpool: Badder Blood #1 (Marvel) – Rob Liefeld returns to Deadpool.

Fence: Redemption #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Fence is back! The fencing series has been entertaining with every volume and we’re always excited for a new one.

Hairball #3 (Dark Horse) – The horror series has us creeped out and wanting to see what happens next.

In Hell We Fight #1 (Image Comics) – Three condemned teens and their annoying tagalong demon frenemy embark on a daring scheme to hijack a demon lord’s delivery truck. That sounds awesome.

Loki #1 (Marvel) – What chaos will Loki cause in this new series? We’ve enjoyed the past series and we’re hoping for similar entertainment.

Peacemaker: Tries Hard #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had us laughing and we’re hoping for more of the same insanity.

Shazam! #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was a lot of fun with a bit of a throwback to the more innocent days of comics without the negativity.

Sins of the Salton Sea #1 (AWA Studios) – A thief is pulled into a conflict between warring factions of a doomsday cult.

Star Wars: Empire (Marvel) – A technician must figure out how to live under the control of the Empire.

Steelworks #1 (DC Comics) – We want to see what DC has for John Henry Irons.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Street Fighter #1 (IDW Publishing) – The title says it all.

You’ve Been Cancelled #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – It’s a completely off the wall take on cancel culture. Check out our early review.

Preview: Shazam! #2

Shazam! #2

(W) Mark Waid (A) Dan Mora
In Shops: Jun 06, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Shazam versus S-H-A-Z-A-M! Billy Batson was given the powers of the gods by the Wizard Shazam–but Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury never gave the Wizard their permission. Displeased with how Billy is representing them, the disgruntled gods engage in a six-way fight for sole control of the World’s Mightiest Mortal…or, if they get their way, the World’s Mightiest Puppet. May the craftiest god win!

Shazam! #2

Shazam! #1 kicks off with a fun start

Shazam! #1

Shazam! has had a bit of a weird time since his return to the DC Universe years ago. While there’s been some solid runs and stories, the character has never really stood out on his own. He’s felt like an also ran, not enough to really set the character apart from other heroes. Shazam! #1 plants a flag with a new creative team and a clear vision as to what the series’ voice is.

Written by Mark Waid with art by Dan Mora, Shazam! #1 embraces the character’s rather campy past. Walking works, mad scientists, atomic robots, alien worlds, that’s the type of villains and struggles Billy Batson and his alter-ego battles. The debut issue goes neck deep with talking alien dinosaurs, giant cups of tea, and overall, a rather fun, campy, and positive attitude.

Shazam! #1 is the bright spotlight in the rather dour superhero world. There’s something that’s just fun and goofy about the read that delivers pulp entertainment that entertains. It also catches readers up as to the status of the character after Lazarus Planet and teases the struggles to come. It does a great job as a first issue and invites readers to come back for more.

Part of the exciting, positive nature of it all is Mora’s art with color by Alejandro Sánchez. There’s something that’s both modern and classic about it all with colors that pop. The cheery disposition of the story is reflected in the art, you can almost feel the fun and smiles in the art. There’s also lots of detail in the panels and pages that will tease readers and long time fans will enjoy. It all works so well and helps put a punch on the ending which is emphasized even further with Troy Peteri‘s lettering.

There’s a positive and fun aspect of Shazam! #1. It’s just a great read that entertains and hearkens back to the silly pulp comics of the past. The creative team both celebrates the past and sets the series on a new path. It’s a mix of old and new that finally stands out from the pack. It’s a great comic that’ll put a smile on your face.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Dan Mora
Color: Alejandro Sánchez Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Around the Tubes

Shazam! #1

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited about? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

Engadget – The Switch version of ‘Marvel’s Midnight Suns’ has been canceled – That’s a shame.

CBR – Comic Art Restorer Sentenced to 3 Years for Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection – Good.

The Beat – Arabelle Liepold to take over as Executive Director at Society of Illustrators -Congrats!

Reviews

Comicbook – Shazam! #1
CBR – Shazam #1
CBR – Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – Quest of the Jedi #1
The Beat – Turtle Bread

Preview: Shazam! #1

Shazam! #1

(W) Mark Waid (A) Dan Mora (C) Alejandro Sanchez (L) Troy Peteri
In Shops: May 02, 2023
SRP: $3.99

The World’s Finest creators present the World’s Mightiest Mortal in a dazzling solo series! Dinosaurs from space! The Clubhouse of Eternity! Homicidal worms and talking tigers! Atomic robots, alien worlds, mad scientists, sinister curses, and villains from throughout the DC Universe-welcome to the wild adventures of Billy Batson, whose big red alter ego defends the Earth from its weirdest and wildest threats! Want to stop Lex Luthor and The Joker? Call Superman and Batman! International crises? Page Wonder Woman! But when Garguax, Emperor of the Moon, sets his sights on Gorilla City, that’s when you shout Shazam! The fan-favorite team of Mark Waid and Dan Mora (Batman/Superman: World’s Finest) brings the magic!

Shazam! #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Animal Castle Vol. 2 #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Animal Castle Vol. 2 #1 (Ablaze) – A really interesting new take on the classic book Animal Farm.

Astrobots #1 (Massive/Whatnot) – The art for this looks amazing and is about machine lifeforms called Astrobots who scout worlds for humanity and one world where a society of them is rising and humankind is not included in their plans.

Carnage Reigns Alpha #1/Cult of Carnage: Misery #1/Edge of Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel) – There’s a lot going on the fans of Marvel’s Spider-Man corner of their universe. There’s more multiverse action to enjoy and Carnage faces off against Miles Morales!

Hairball #2 (Dark Horse) – As the young girl’s black cat continues to plague her family with horror and tragedy, she decides she must take matters into her own hands to put an end to the feline’s evil ways. The first issue was some impressive an unnerving horror.

History of Japan in Manga (Tuttle Publishing) – The History of Japan in Manga tells the action-packed saga of Japan from its misty origins up to the present day.

Impossible People: A Completely Average Recovery Story (Black Dog & Leventhal) – Julia Wertz chronicles her haphazard attempts at sobriety and the relentlessly challenging, surprisingly funny, and occasionally absurd cycle of addiction and recovery.

Lamentation #1 (Oni Press) – New horror from Cullen Bunn, Hillary Jenkins, and Simon Bowland? Yes please!

Monomyth #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Magic is all but extinct. When the last ailing wizard casts a final desperate spell to summon the descendants of ancient bloodlines to a school for magic now in disrepair…those chosen ones find a horror of the likes they’ve never experienced. The concept sounds great.

Parker Girls #7 (Abstract Studios) – Every issue has been a great mix of humor and action.

Peacemaker: Tries Hard #1 (DC Comics) – Peacemaker is asked to help steal the world’s most valuable and dangerous DNA!

Shazam #1 (DC Comics) – Mark Waid and Dan Mora taking on Shazam!. Nuff said.

Starsigns #1 (Image Comics) – The constellations of the zodiac fall to earth, granting twelve ordinary people from very different walks of life the superhuman powers of the Starsigns. The concept sounds interesting with a astrology meets X-Men/Heroes spin.

Survival #1 (Dark Horse) – A plane crash leads to a creature bringing ancient terror to the Alaska wilderness.

Where Monsters Lie #4 (Dark Horse) – The series has been fantastic with a mix of a lot of laughs and over-the-top violence.

X-Men: Before the Fall – Sons of X #1 (Marvel) – A series of one-shots kick off with this one seeing Legion taking on Nimrod and more moves from Mother Righteous.

Preview: Shazam! #1

Shazam! #1

(W) Mark Waid (A) Dan Mora (C) Alejandro Sanchez (L) Troy Peteri
In Shops: May 02, 2023
SRP: $3.99

The World’s Finest creators present the World’s Mightiest Mortal in a dazzling solo series! Dinosaurs from space! The Clubhouse of Eternity! Homicidal worms and talking tigers! Atomic robots, alien worlds, mad scientists, sinister curses, and villains from throughout the DC Universe-welcome to the wild adventures of Billy Batson, whose big red alter ego defends the Earth from its weirdest and wildest threats! Want to stop Lex Luthor and The Joker? Call Superman and Batman! International crises? Page Wonder Woman! But when Garguax, Emperor of the Moon, sets his sights on Gorilla City, that’s when you shout Shazam! The fan-favorite team of Mark Waid and Dan Mora (Batman/Superman: World’s Finest) brings the magic!

Shazam! #1

Around the Tubes

Disney Villains: Scar #1

It’s a new week with a lot coming right here! So, hang on as we start the day with some comic news and reviews you might have missed from around the web.

The Beat – Rachel Pollack passes away at age 77 – Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and fans.

How to Love Comics – Shazam!: A History Of The Original Captain Marvel – For those interested in the history.

Reviews

New York Times – Bea Wolf
Collected Editions – Deathstroke Inc. Vol. 1: King of the Super-Villains
Comic Crusaders – Disney Villains: Scar #1
The Beat – Harvey Knight’s Odyssey
CBR – Second Coming: Trinity #1
Comic Crusaders – Star Wars #33

Shazam!: Fury of the Gods gets a lot of Funko Pop!s

Shazam!: Fury of the Gods is coming out this year and Funko’s line of Pop! figures is up for order. You can get Shazam, Eugene, Darla, Mary, Freddy, Hespera, Kalypso, Anthea, Unicorn, and Pedro.


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