Monday, October 01, 2012

Shazam Gets An Overhaul


Geoff Johns does it again with his interpretation of Captain Marvel in Justice League #0.

Much like he did with Batman in Batman: Earth One, he has taken a character whose origin has been seemingly done to death and explored a fresh new take on the iconic character. He has taken an age old character in the DC Universe and put a modern spin on him. 

In true Geoff Johns' style, the writer has taken the Billy Batson character and really written him in such a way that you can imagine this is the way this kid would behave and act if this were to really happen to a person in modern times.  This is not the innocent child that Billy Batson has been portrayed as in the past. This is a real kid. A believable kid. He is, quite frankly, a little jerk. So you can only imagine what a kid in these times would do if he received the powers of gods.

Captain Marvel has always been one of my favorite DC super-heroes and this origin story is by far my favorite of all of the origin stories that have been done (and re-done) about the character.

I am really looking forward to reading more Billy’s story and how he develops as a person and as a superhero in his role as Captain Marvel.

Aside from the writing, Gary Frank’s artwork is also pretty amazing. His take on the Captain Marvel uniform is not only new and inventive but also nothing short of modern perfection.

All that being said, I’m not sure why this story was told in a Justice League title. None of the members of the Justice League appear in this story. To me, it would have made more sense to just give the character his own limited series or something to that effect rather than put him in a title in which he does not belong.

Overall, this is definitely a story for Captain Marvel aficionados and new readers alike.

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