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Meet SHAZAM! in this New Feature

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

SHAZAM! is in theaters April 5.

Toy Fair 2019: Diamond Select Toys Sneak Peek: DC, Marvel, Kingdom Hearts, Bruce Lee and More!

It’s that magical time of year, when toy companies from around the world descend on New York City for the International Toy Fair! Pictures of the newest toys splatter across the Interwebs, and we all get to go gaga over products that may not see the light for many months. Well, Diamond Select Toys is one of those companies, and here are some images of products that will be on display, and are currently up for pre-order, but won’t hit stores until summer or fall. And be on the lookout for more DST reveals leading up to the show!

Bruce Lee Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bruce Lee returns to the Minimates mini-figure line! One of the original Minimates licenses when the line first began, the acclaimed martial artist makes his 2-inch debut in this all-new box set! The many looks of Bruce Lee are on display here, as his Dojo, Clawed, Track Suit and Casual looks make up the four-pack. Each has interchangeable parts and accessories, and the set includes bonus accessories to create alternate looks. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192441, SRP: $24.99)

Bruce Lee Minimates Series 1 Box Set
Bruce Lee Minimates Series 1 Box Set

DC Comic Gallery Batman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The guardian of Gotham City has arrived! This highly anticipated entry in the DC Gallery line depicts a modern comic-style Batman atop a Gotham City rooftop, his cape flaring out behind him. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC diorama features detailed sculpting by Alterton based on a design by Caesar. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB192439, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Batman PVC Diorama

DC Movie Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Shazam! Newly powered teenager Billy Batson transforms into the hero Shazam in this new PVC Diorama based on the upcoming feature film! With lightning arcing from his chest, this sculpture features the likeness of actor Zachary Levi, and features detailed sculpting and paint. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #FEB192438, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama
DC Movie Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama
DC Movie Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama

DC Movie Vinimates Shazam Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! What are your super powers? Billy Batson is ready to find out in the new Shazam movie, and this smiling Shazam vinyl figure is ready to join the DC Vinimates line! Standing approximately 4 inches tall, this vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192440, SRP: $9.99)

DC Movie Vinimates Shazam Vinyl Figure
DC Movie Vinimates Shazam Vinyl Figure

Kingdom Hearts Minimates Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Kingdom Hearts Minimates line moves into the all-new third game in this all-new assortment of 2-inch mini-figures! Three two-packs based on Kingdom Hearts III make up the assortment, featuring Toy Story Sora with Wreck it Ralph, Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow with Pirate Donald, and Mickey Mouse with Maleficent! Each two-pack features fully interchangeable parts and accessories, and each comes packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192442, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts Minimates Series 3 Asst.

Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Iron Man Half Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Tony Stark is a legend in his own time, and now he’s a Legend in 3D! Iron Man joins the half-scale line of resin busts with this shiny portrait of the Avenger, measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a technological base. Limited to just 1.000 pieces, this bust features detailed sculpting by Joe Menna based on a design by Joe Allard. Packaged in a hand-numbered box with a full-color image and a weblink to additional images. (Item #FEB192444, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Iron Man Half Scale Resin Bust

Marvel Comic Gallery Dazzler PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Disco never dies! The mutant Dazzler has had a number of looks over the years, but her most famous look is still her disco outfit from 1980. In her silver jumpsuit, the pop starlet has a microphone in one hand and her trademark light effect emanating from the other. And who can forget her roller skates and disco ball necklace? Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC diorama was sculpted by Alejandro Pereira based on a design by Uriel Caton. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB192445, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Dazzler PVC Diorama

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Mystique Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The shapely shape-shifter revealed! A frequent X-Men foe and member of the Brotherhood and Freedom Force, Raven Darkholme joins the Marvel Premier Collection with this gorgeous statue, hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore based on a design by Caesar! Standing approximately 11” tall, this detailed piece is limited to an edition of 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in full color, hand-numbered box with a certificate of authenticity. (Item #FEB192446, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Mystique Resin Statue

Marvel Minimates Series 77 Spider-Man 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The record-breaking 77th series of Marvel Minimates is here, and it’s dedicated to the friends and foes of the Spectacular Spider-Man! Four two-packs feature Black Costume Spider-Man with Kraven the Hunter, Miles Morales with Prowler, Mysterio with Hydro-Man, and Vulture with Molten Man. Plus, if you buy all four sets, you get the parts to build the Spider-Slayer! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192443, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Minimates Series 77 Spider-Man 2-Packs Asst.

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Okoye PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Her kingdom for a Starbucks! Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje and protector of T’Challa, defends her homeland against incursion from the outside world – and other worlds entirely – with her impressive spear. Preparing to let loose with her chosen weapon, Okoye stands approximately 9 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Nelson. (Item #FEB192447, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Okoye PVC Diorama
Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Okoye PVC Diorama
Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Okoye PVC Diorama

Marvel Video Game Deluxe Gallery Rhino PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let the wild rampage begin! Classic Spider-Man villain The Rhino charges into the Marvel Gallery line, pushing over a pillar in his pursuit of the wall-crawler. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this Deluxe sculpture is based on his appearance in the new Spider-Man video game and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #FEB192449, SRP: $69.99)

Marvel Video Game Deluxe Gallery Rhino PVC Diorama
Marvel Video Game Deluxe Gallery Rhino PVC Diorama
Marvel Video Game Deluxe Gallery Rhino PVC Diorama

Marvel Select Psylocke Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! You don’t have to be psychic to know that Marvel Select have been requesting a Psylocke action figure for a long time, and now DST has delivered! Joining the legion of X-Men Select figures, Psylocke measures approximately 7 inches tall and comes packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB192448, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel Select Psylocke Action Figure
Marvel Select Psylocke Action Figure

Marvel TV Gallery Netflix Defenders Iron Fist PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Face the power of the Iron Fist! Danny Rand unleashes his energy-packed punch on a New York City rooftop in this PVC diorama based on The Defenders on Netflix! Standing approximately 8 inches tall, this detailed sculpt features collectible-quality paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box with an opening front panel. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Nelson X. Asencio. Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB192450, SRP: $50.00)

Marvel TV Gallery Netflix Defenders Iron Fist PVC Diorama

Shazam! Gets a Brand New Trailer

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

Shazam! comes to theaters April 5.

Diamond Select Toys On Sale Now: Kingdom Hearts, Aquaman and Shazam!

The new year is well underway, and Diamond Select Toys has delivered a truckload of toys to your local comic shop! Vinimates based on the recent Aquaman Movie are washing ashore, and Vinimates from the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III video game are telling a Toy Story! Plus, a Gallery PVC of Shazam, just in time for the movie, and an assortment of Kingdom Hearts action figures! It’s the best of all worlds!

DC Comic Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Wisdom of Solomon! The Strength of Hercules! Billy Batson’s alter ego Shazam is the next entry in the DC Gallery line of PVC Dioramas, and this approximately 11-inch sculpture captures the hero in a split-second, grabbing a bolt of lightning on its way to the ground. With a feature film in the works, Shazam is poised to ride that lightning back to stardom, and this amazing sculpture celebrates the character’s godlike power! Sculpted by Joe Menna based on a design by Shawn Knapp.  Packaged in a full-color window box.  (Item #AUG182580, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Vinimates Aquaman Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! DC Vinimates are taking the ocean by storm! These 4-inch vinyl figures capture the undersea world of the Aquaman movie in their signature blockish style, striking dynamic poses inspired by the film! Aquaman, Black Manta and Ocean Master comprise the first assortment, and they are in scale to all other DC Vinimates. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Aquaman Vinyl Figure (Item #AUG182577, SRP: $9.99)

Black Manta Vinyl Figure (Item #AUG182578, SRP: $9.99)

Ocean Master Vinyl Figure (Item #AUG182579, SRP: $9.99)

Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Are you ready to play Space Paranoids? The Kingdom Hearts Select action figure line travels to the video game universe of Space Paranoids, where everyone gets a high-tech makeover! This assortment of multi-character figure sets includes Black Coat Mickey Mouse with a Heartless Assassin and a Shadow, Space Paranoids Goofy with Tron, and Space Paranoids Sora (with Photon Debugger) with Sark! Each figure features multiple points of articulation and is sculpted in a 1/10th scale, and comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigsen! (Item #JUL182491, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts 3 Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys release! The highly anticipated sequel to Kingdom Hearts is almost here, and DST is joining in on the excitement with new toys based on Kingdom Hearts 3! This new assortment of VInimates vinyl figures captures the upcoming game’s protagonists – Sora, Donald and Goofy — in their Toy Story World looks, making these toys… of toys! Each 4” vinyl figure strikes a pose from the game and features a fully articulated neck to customize each dynamic pose. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Toy Story Sora (Item #AUG182588, SRP: $9.99)

Toy Story Donald (Item #AUG182587, SRP: $9.99)

Toy Story Goofy (Item #AUG182586, SRP: $9.99)

First Impressions Featuring: Spiders and Bats

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether you should  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

 

The Batman Who Laughs #1 (DC)
Can you start here?
Uh…. yeah
Recap & Review: 
There’s a lot to unpack with this character. A lot of history that I’m largely unfamiliar with (I read Dark Knights Metalbut very little else with the Joker-ized Batman since then), but you can get all you need to know from this issue. An issue that takes you on a wild journey that any Bat-Fan looking for something a little different can thoroughly enjoy.
Score: 8.8

Amazing Spider-Man #11 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yup
Recap & Review: 
For the most part, we all know the basics of who Spider-Man is. Down on his luck guy struggling to get by with villains galore getting in his way. Not to mention J Jonah Jameson constantly deriding the webslinger. Right? This issue is as classic a Spider-Man comic as I ever expected to read, and with no Spider-Geddon tie-in in sight!
Score: 8.5

Detective Comics #994 (DC)
Can you start here? Yes

Recap & Review: Assuming you know who Batman is, then you can easily start here. I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading Batman comics when he’s acting alone (and not written by Tom King). With only a few issues left till the big one, I’ll be hopping on board to see where this arc goes with part two in #995.
Score: 9.2

Miles  Morales: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes.
Recap & Review:  This is just phenomenal. Quite possibly the best thing I’ve read all month (and it’s a super easy jumping on point).
Score:
  9.7

Shazam #1 (DC)
Can you start here?
Yes.
Recap & Review: If you’ve ever had any curiosity around this character, then this book will help you discover more about DC’s Captain Marvel ahead of his upcoming movie with a comprehensive telling of his and the Marvel Family’s origin. There’s nothing new here (and honestly the New 52 version was superior), but it’s still worth a read if you’re curious.
Score:
 8.1

Immortal Hulk #10 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
 Not easily.
Recap & Review: Immortal Hulk is easily one of Marvel’s strongest books. Unfortunately, I’ve missed a few issues which means I had no idea what was happening going into the book, and a lot of the context was lost on me. That said, the quality shines through just enough to pull me back for the next issue.
Score:
  7.9

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

Cynthia Naugle – X, my experience with my abuser – We respect Cynthia’s decision to not name the individual and have not done so ourselves due to that but there’s enough clues here (Tuscon Comic Con 2018 guest, from Tuscon, recent Vertigo series) to figure out the individual.

The Comichron – November 2018 comics sales estimates online: Uncanny X-Men tops 176,000 copies in U.S., Canada – For those that enjoy the horse race.

CBR – The Walking Dead: Frank Darabont’s AMC Lawsuit Heading to Trial – This should be interesting.

Reviews

Comic Book Bin – Ao Haru Ride Vol. 2
Talking Comics – Shazam! #1

Around the Tubes

With just a few weeks to go in the year, we’re still prepping to wrap ours up and that includes the launch of our “best of” coverage for 2018. Keep your eye out for that and while you wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – The next episode of The Walking Dead’s final season will hit on January 15, 2019. – For those interested

WJXT News4JAX – Comic book crooks sought by Jacksonville store owners – If anyone has information that can help.

Bury Times – Wow Comix opening at The Rock in Bury – Go support your local shops!

The Comichron – November comics orders down on smallest new issue release slate since before Rebirth – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Reviews

CBR – Doomsday Clock #8
CBR –
Shazam! #1

Mini Reviews: Die, Namor, Border Town, Shazam! and More!

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Elana

Die #1 (Image Comics)* – Easily a best new series of 2018. This is a power team of two of my favorite creators: Stephanie Hans and Kieron Gillen. Gillen knows his table-top Role Playing Games, his magical world building, his teen comics, his team comics, his emotionally vulnerable men and women and casts that are diverse racially, sexually and in social class. He’s doing all of that here and it shines. Stephanie Hans creates luminous paintings. Her faces are sensitive and unmistakable. Her character designs are exciting in both the real world and fantasy world the story takes place. These are two of the best talents in comics today doing what they do best. I couldn’t be more excited. Overall 10 Recommendation: Buy! (PS: Our latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio is an interview with Gillen and Hans.)

Jon

Die #1 (Image Comics)* – Kieron Gillen’s latest offering is built on a very simple premise: what might have happened to the kids from the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon when they returned from their adventures in a magical land? The result is the most sublime merger of comics and gaming to hit the page and that’s saying quite a bit given all the great books that have built on the tropes of both mediums over the last few years. Gillen never misses a beat, introducing us to a group of characters we want to know more about. Though not for everyone, Stephanie Hans artwork is a great complement to it, equal parts menacing and fantastic. I got to the end and I want another issue now. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Shean

Namor: The Best Defense #1 (Marvel)* – In what could be worst timing, we get Marvel’s own underwater superhero. As this could have been a great story, but never has the similarities been more apparent than on this one shot, as it comes off as straight up plagiarism.As this version is not formidable in anyway and is a much more neutered iteration of the character. I would say to read it simpl as an origin story, otherwise, nothing new here at all. Story: 4 Art: 6 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Read

Star Wars: Qui-Gon Jinn #1 (Marvel)* – In what definitely feels a companion story , we find Qui Gon Jinn at unease with the force. As him and a much younger Obi-Wan, find themselves rescuing a princess in the middle of a civil war. As Qui-Gon’s instincts leads him to a place where his Visions becomes amplified. By issue’s end, we see Qui-Gon is the first Jedi to foresee the wrath headed their way by way of the Sith. Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Killmonger #1 (Marvel)* – In probably the best debut issue of an origin story I have read in a minute, we definitely get a masterclass in character study. As we find Erik as he is about to graduate MIT , his first instinct is to satisfy his blood lust for Klawe. He gets interrupted by Kingpin’s henchmen, King, Rook and Knight. by issue’s end, he begrudgingly joins this motley crew, even if it is just a stepping stone. Story :10 Art:10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Immortal Hulk: Best Defense #1 (Marvel)* – We find Bruce Banner looking for what happened to Doctor Strange. As the book unfolds like a sleepy town mystery, one which Captivates the reader from the onset. He soon finds more quandaries than he initially expected. By issue’s end, Bruce and Hulk must find a way forward and the road into gets more treacherous. Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

Martian Manhunter #1 (DC Comics)** – I went in to this one with zero preconceptions and was absolutely blown away. Riley Rossmo’s art is a joy to behold, as usual, all inventive page layouts and ultra-expressive characters and chaotic action scenes, but Steve Orlando, well — he’s pretty up-and-down, isn’t he? Fortunately, he’s “up” here in a big way, re-envisioning J’Onn J’Onzz as a dirty cop from Mars trying to atone for past sins as a clean cop here on Earth. Oh, and there’s a Martian sex scene in here that you’ve gotta see to believe. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Shazam! #1 (DC Comics)** – I suppose I should have known better, but — anyway, this is unmitigated crap. Geoff Johns’ updating of the Marvel family is obvious and unimaginative, Dale Eaglesham’s art is way too ’90s Image for a project like this — and nothing much really happens in the book, either, it’s pretty much all stage-setting. I enjoyed Mayo “Sen” Naito’s art on the backup strip, but that’s about all I can say for this poorly-considered work. Doc Shaner, Chris Samnee, Steve Rude — I’d love to see a “Shazam!” comic from one of them, but the approach DC is taking here is fundamentally flawed from the outset. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

Batman #60 (DC Comics)** – Probably the best issue in quite some time, as Tom King’s Penguin/Bane storyline finally gels into something teeming with both suspense and menace, and the alternating art of Jorge Fornes and Mikel Janin accentuates the drama inherent in different scenes in fundamentally opposite, but equally appealing, styles. Oh, and that cliffhanger — holy shit! Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Border Town #4 (DC Comics/Vertigo)** – Yeah, okay, this issue is “guilty” of burying its storyline beneath its polemic, especially in the clumsy “info-dump” writer Eric M. Esquivel resorts to in his stage-setting for a Joe Arapaio stand-in character, but it’s still fun and engaging stuff with compelling characters, smart “world-building,” plenty of humor, and superb Ramon Villalobos art. Esquivel is a bit too “tell, don’t show” as a writer too frequently, but it’s not an ever-present feature at this point like it was in issue one. Yeah, this isn’t as good a #3, which remains the best installment to date, but it’s still pretty damn good and well worth four bucks. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Mr. H

Shazam! #1 (DC Comics)* – I cannot express how excited I was for this one. Geoff Johns and Gary Franks take on the big red cheese was so refreshing. The way they flipped Billy Batson from aw shucks to street smart wiseass with a heart of gold. That along with Gary Franks gorgeous art made a spectacular combination. Well I’m happy to say this story picks up where that left off. Billy has gone from house outcast to leader of the pack and the whole Marvel Family is just a joy to see in action. Now sure not a lot happens this issue but that is not to say it isn’t a lot of fun. Seeing the group discuss their superhero team name was a gas the art by Dale Eaglesham was a great successor to Gary Frank. The colors were vibrant and just whole lot of fun. The cliffhanger with a return of a long thought dead character sets up some serious intrigue and I am definitely back next month. Fun, laughs, and a sprinkle of action. This was everything monthy comics should be. Overall: great feel and continuity and good to see a monthly from Captain Marvel again. Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: Shazam #1

Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions!

Potential. That’s the word that sticks out the most after reading Shazam #1 which as presented is a lot of setup and some humor and that’s about it. How this classic character fits in the Rebirth world is a bit of a mystery but the Marvel, I mean Shazam family is back. There’s so jokes, winks, and nods, as to the previous naming of the characters but this first issue is the set up the series is more than just Shazam, Mary, and the rest are along for the ride as well. How? Well, that’s not really explained but again, this is an issue that’s set up.

The potential is all in the character interactions. Writer Geoff Johns focuses on that dynamic and out of everything, how a group of kids with superpowers interacts has a lot of potential to be a lot of fun. When we see that in the comic, it absolutely is. But, beyond a robbery and some exploration of the Rock of Eternity, the comic is fairly thin on excitement or anything of interest.

Dale Eaglesham‘s art though is interesting to look at with a classic New 52/90s look to it that you’ll either like or hate. While something more stylish and unique would have been interesting, the art is crisp with color from Mike Atiyeh. There are some good small details like the robbers’ masks and some looks flashed here and there but overall, the style is one we’ve seen a lot of.

Where art does stand out is a backup story focused on Mary with art by Mayo “Sen” Naito. The story provides the origin of Mary as far as the family and the art has a manga influence with a young adult bent. It’s fantastic art and makes me want to see Naito’s style on some of DC’s Zoom and Ink imprint releases.

There’s nothing particularly bad about this first issue. There’s also nothing that’s all that exciting either. The series is going to rely on the interaction of the kids and how much Johns goes down the Harry Potter direction it feels like he’s heading. Again, there’s potential which has me interested in at least checking out more issues.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Dale Eaglesham, Mayo “Sen” Naito
Color: Mike Atiyeh Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shazam #1

Shazam #1

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
SRP: $4.99

The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!)

Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions! Also, witness the bizarre team-up of Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind as they set off to build a society all their own! Don’t miss the start of an epic run in the making as “Shazam and the Seven Realms” begins!

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