From writer Josie Campbell and artist supreme Evan “Doc” Shaner comes to the latest adventure to star The Big Red Cheese, The New Champion of Shazam!
However…this is not Billy Batson’s tale. No, no. In this four issue mini-series, the adventure focuses on Mary Bromfield and her adventures as Earth’s Mightiest Mortal.
If you’d like to see what lead to this mini, check out the last Shazam mini-series, which did star Billy Batson:
Also…if you’re interested in Shazam, sneak a peek at this swell trailer that thundered down on SDCC, and made many of us say “Holy moly!”:
If you’d like to get an idea of what writer Josie Campbell and artist Evan “Doc” Shaner bring to the table prior to soaring into The New Champion of Shazam!, you can check out some of their previous work for DC right here:
Hint: Flip to “Dead Space” in the back of the mag.
Evan “Doc” Shaner
Are you excited for Mary’s adventures as the new Shazam, and…what’s your take on the first trailer for Shazam!: Fury of the Gods (don’t worry if you found yourself rooting for Helen Mirren, as she’s an absolute badass and an on-screen DC veteran very much worth rooting for )?
I know of your fondness for Joshua Middleton covers, so did you snag his variant for #1? I surely did. The regular cover is cool, but I had to have the Middleton piece over it.
While I’m not a big fan of Middleton’s covers in general, I liked the wistful and hopeful air Mary has on his cover.
Speaking of Johns’ run, I’m kind of surprised that doesn’t get brought up as often as his other character-defining runs.
I don’t know that I’d put his Shazam on the level of his work on Superman, Teen Titans, The Flash and/or Green Lantern (among others), but its still a solid run.
My favorite things from #1:
Everyone saying “Cheeeeese!” while Freddy says “Fromage!” and Darla chimes in with “Hee-hee! Freddy said cheese weird!”
Sometimes, the best things in a superhero book have nothing to do with cool costumes, heroes, villains or breathtaking adventure. The quiet moments can have just as big of an impact and make you smile.
Cassidy. She’s a fun, new character and she belts out “Dun, dun, dun!” with the best of 'em.
The talking bunny. He definitely deserves carrots.
Mary as Shazam! when she and Disaster Master rumble. The scene where she says “Shazam!” would make for a mighty nice poster.
Fun issue overall, and I eagerly look forward to #2.
Same. However, I’ll happily double-dip on a book that has a Jim Lee variant that sells for cover price (ala World’s Finest #1 and Dark Crisis #1), and/or variants that really grab me and are just flat-out cool (and also sell for cover)…such as the Terry and Rachel Dodson variant for next week’s World’s Finest #6, which spotlights Supergirl and the Barbara Gordon Batgirl.
Maybe a precursor to a “Shazam!: Battle of the Magic Bunnies” one-shot?
It took me a little to get to this one, but I really, really liked it! It looks like it will be a fun mini-series juggling Mary’s wish to find herself at college and her responsibilities as a superhero.
But… really… I’m here for the obscure Golden Age references. Let’s start with “the magic bunny,” Hoppy. Hoppy is revamped version of Hoppy, the Marvel Bunny. The Marvel Bunny was basically Shazam if he was a cartoon rabbit:
Then there’s the issue’s villain Disaster Master who is a revamped Marvel Family villain from the Golden Age. Unfortunately, Whiz Comics #144 is not in the Public Domain so I can’t read that one legally unless I buy a very expensive physical copy or unless DC decides to digitize it (probably not likely for a while).
Anyway, I love seeing the old Fawcett characters make comebacks.