Title: Shazam! (2018-) #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Dale Eaglesham
Colors: Mike Atiyeh
Cover: Riley Rossmo
Publication Date: December 5, 2018
Publisher’s Summary:The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!) Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions!
“The Wizard looked past Billy’s pain and marveled at the potential within him the rest of the world had ignored. Billy defended the weak from bullies. He helped those in need despite his own misfortunes.”
Shazam! (2018-) #1 gets off to an impressive start. After a brief introduction, Shazam and the Lightning League make quick work of a group of second-rate museum robbers–wearing superhero masks nonetheless–with a series of sweet tag-team moves. Although brief, this humorous, highly entertaining scene, sets the tone and pace of the series, generating momentum and raising interest.
Geoff Johns’ script is nothing short of exceptional. Lines like “I’m the Call of Duty expert. I know battle strategies,” and, “I’m starving, let’s just say that Superman did it,” give readers good reason to laugh, while lines like, “I just want something I can say. How about Captain Marv–” speak to directly to long-time fans, making it extremely easy to quickly become emotionally invested in the story. And, by issue’s end, it’s clear where this series is heading, and that this ride is one worth taking.
Each and every page of Shazam! (2018-) #1 is packed tight with energy and emotion. Character movements, both subtle and direct, are expressed beautifully. Dale Eaglesham has done a fine job in elevating Johns’ script, and, as this story progresses, I’m confident that he will be given the chance to produce some amazing illustrations. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Bottom Line:
Humorous, self-aware, and expertly crafted, Shazam! (2018-) #1 is stunning. Johns and Eaglesham have gotten this series off to a great start with an impressive debut issue that is sure to excite and interest a diverse audience of readers. Shazam! (2018-) is not to be missed.