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Shazam! Vol. 1 Kindle & comiXology
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First appearing in Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940) and later bought by DC, Captain Marvel was once even more popular than Superman and Batman. Young Billy Batson could speak the magic word; "SHAZAM!" and transform into the powerful hero with powers to rival Superman's. He is sometimes referred to as "The Big Red Cheese", a lighter take on the Man of Steel whose powers are derived from Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, bestowed onto him by a powerful wizard. In an era when comics were predominately most popular with children, it served to young readers providing a kind of wish fulfillment, the same reason why Robin was introduced as Batman's teen sidekick. Whiz Comics created the idea of young boy saying the magic word and becoming a superhero. Readers and fans latched onto the concept and even Elvis paid homage to the hero with his stage costume. Times have changed but Captain Marvel endured, remaining in the main stream where other magical based heroes were re-imagined during in the Silver Age of comics. Captain Marvel will always be a lasting reminder of a simpler time.
DC Comics have officially renamed Captain Marvel as Shazam as part of their 2011 relaunch; The New 52. For decades, science has ruled the world, but now magic is returning.Read more ›
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 itself is pretty linear; cynical orphan Billy is settled in a new foster home; the Wizard Shazam is looking for a new champion; Doctor Sivana is looking for the tomb of Black Adam. It all works out in the end. It brought a tear to my eye. If it wasn't for the memory of Jerry Ordway's series, I'd have given it 5 stars.
A few extra notes:
-Some of the pages in the first issue have been reordered from their initial printing. This improves the reading experience immeasurably, and I can't imagine going back to reading it in the originally printed order.
-The back material is very good. I just wish they had used Gary Frank's design for Black Adam as it appears here!
-You do not need to know ANYTHING about the New 52 reboot to be able to enjoy this as a standalone story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it great story and great drawing recommend to any Shazam fans or even people who aren't fans just yet must read for anyonePublished 4 months ago by Nightwing
Great item. Brilliant read, one of my all time favourite stories.Published 11 months ago by Patrick
I thought this book was great fun. I know nothing about Shazam's history in DC but this volume explained everything and was incredibly cool. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JJLuckless
Geoff johns is the man. Love his stuff. Hopefully he will continue with this.Published 18 months ago by Jeswin Abraham
The hero once known as Captain Marvel is one that definitely needs more attention. This is a hero that deserves to be mentioned up there with Spider-Man and Batman as a household... Read morePublished 21 months ago by James Lyle