SHAZAM!

SHAZAM! #6

by Alan Rapp on June 11, 2019

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SHAZAM! #6 comic reviewThere’s quite a bit happening here as the family is still separated in pairs across the various magical lands. While Billy and Mary are able to break free of King Kid’s control, the comic takes an unusual turn as attempting to reunite with the other heroes the pair are returned to the real world where an unexpected surprise awaits.

While Billy accepts the man in front of him as his father, is this some kind of trick, a test, or has he truly been reunited with a member of his family? And, if indeed it is Billy’s father, what does that mean for his new family and their heroic pursuits? (And has the comic already foreshadowed another unfortunate parting of the ways between father and son as the newly-released convict prepares to break his parole?)

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With One Magic Word… SHAZAM!

by Alan Rapp on April 4, 2019

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  • Title: SHAZAM!
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SHAZAM! movie reviewOne thing people forget about DC’s Captain Marvel is just how big of a super-hero he was in the Golden Age of comics (arguably more popular than Superman for a time). Fast-forward several decades and the character’s name has changed, although I give credit to Henry Gayden‘s screenplay in purposely obscuring what he should be called in clever way to get around using a name the character can never utter aloud to introduce himself, but the core of the character remains the same (even if he’s a little rougher around the edges on-screen).

Our main character is orphaned teen Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who has been moved to a new foster home after running away yet again in a failed attempt to find his long-lost mother. The good-natured couple (Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans) who take him in already have a cast of kids under their care including Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) who will become Billy’s closest friend and help him in exploring the powers gifted to Billy by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou).

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SHAZAM! #4

by Alan Rapp on April 3, 2019

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SHAZAM! #4 comic reviewKing Kid’s reaction to seeing Billy and his friends turn into adults when summoning the powers of Shazam have consequences for the group which he scatters across the different realms. Billy and Mary remain in the Funlands but are forced to work with other adults to keep the amusement park running as we discover just what happens to all the happy children once they grow up.

Freddy and Darla are trapped in the Wildlands where the power of Shazam isn’t working. Captured by talking animals, and likely to be sentenced to death, things look bleak for the duo. However, also on his way to prison is a familiar face for Captain Marvel fans. Pedro and Eugene at least have their powers, but they are now trapped in the Gamelands where they will have to find a way to earn enough points to earn their way home.

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SHAZAM! #3

by Alan Rapp on March 6, 2019

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SHAZAM! #3 comic reviewWhile Billy and the rest of the kids enjoy their time in the Funlands, it’s Mary who suspects there is more going on than just sunshine, rainbows, and lollipops. Sure, King Kid seems pleasant enough, and is helpful in giving the group some background into the various lands long closed off from the Rock of Eternity, but there’s obviously more to his backstory than he is letting on and he’s a bit too eager to share in the magic of the wizard.

Things turn ugly when Billy and the others attempt to leave, a sequence helped by the once pleasant clowns growing more sinister. As the comic comes to a close the family finds itself separated into different lands… (including a land where it just may be possible to meet one of Captain Marvel’s oldest, and cuddliest, friends?).

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SHAZAM! #2

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2019

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SHAZAM! #2 comic reviewAfter uncovering the subway station in the Rock of Eternity, Billy and his friends decide to do a little exploring. The first stop is the Funlands (a large amusement park with something sinister just below the surface and a new acquaintance waiting to meet the wizard’s new champions). While the kids enjoy their time, it’s obvious that something more is going on… and just who is this new champion? Friend or foe?

If the initial view of the Funlands is any indication, there’s quite a lot happening that may require some Marvel-sized heroing before all is said and done. Could one of these lands also offer the possibility of introducing Hoppy and Tawky Tawny as well? I guess time will tell.

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