Acquired Taste Book Club Week 2!
2019-11-08T20:00:00Z → 2019-11-15T19:59:00Z
Welcome to the Acquired Taste Book Club! For today, we’re moving on to Fawcett Comics, home of Captain Marvel! DC’s second major acquisition, they licensed Fawcett’s characters in 1972 before buying them outright later in the ‘90s. Aside from a couple stray appearances by people like Spy Smasher or Bulletman, Captain Marvel is the only Fawcett hero DC has made any extensive use of, so he’ll be the focus of most of our Fawcett weeks.
My original plan for this week was to read Shazam!: The New Beginning, but we’ll actually be circling back around to that in four weeks due to certain secret schemes which are in motion as we speak. Instead, we’ll be looking at Jerry Ordway’s “The Power of Shazam!” series from 1995. Unfortunately, we don’t have the graphic novel out of which this series spun, so we’ll be picking up with #1 of the ongoing.
I couldn’t find any summaries of the issues so I had some trouble gauging what a good stopping point would be without powering ahead and reading the selection. That means I might have to stick another issue or two onto this. I’m pretty sure the following eight issues form a pretty continuous story, though, and I try not to assign more than eight issues in a single club, so we’re stuck with only four for today. Given the number of clubs we have running, I figure some shorter selections are probably a good idea anyway.
Reading Assignment: The Power of Shazam (1995-) #1-4
Captain Marvel’s original Post-Crisis origin was removed by Zero Hour to make way for Jerry Ordway’s version. Now, we’re at a bit of a disadvantage not having looked at that version or Ordway’s actual origin story (since it was in the graphic novel and that’s not on DCU), but as a general matter, what do you think about Ordway’s take on the character?
As to the origin we do have access to, what do you think of Mary Marvel and her origin?
Are the villains interesting so far?
Catch-phrase-off: “Holy moley!” or “Great Scott!”? Go!
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