Title: Shazam! (2018-) #3
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Dale Eaglesham
Publication Date: February 27, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “SHAZAM! AND THE SEVEN REALMS” continues! Billy Batson’s world is turned upside down by a figure from the past while Mary, Freddy and the rest of the Shazam Family enter a realm of endless amusements, candy factories and friends in the Funlands! But what’s the catch? Plus, a shocking development within the Library of Eternity!
“I’ve been waiting for the chance to be a champion for so long. The power will help me bring even more children who need fun in their lives to the Funlands.”
Something’s rotten in the Funlands and our heroes just got a whiff of what’s lurking beneath the surface of what promised to be the sweetest of the Magiclands. It should come as no surprise to readers that the Funlands, and their leader, King Kid, aren’t exactly what they appeared to be; after all, as soon as our heroes pulled into the station and were met by a creepy little clown-fella, it became obvious that there was something sinister about what would otherwise be a childish wonderland. I don’t know about you, but anyone who is hungry for power that will allow them to capture more children–who need fun in their lives–and take them away from their parents, just rubs me the wrong way. Regardless of how I feel about King Kid, Geoff Johns has done a fine job in creating an antagonist that solicits an emotional reaction and, despite being a bit ridiculous, manages to create some serious danger for our heroes.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, Shazam! (2018-) #3 is an exciting, albeit predictable, issue that sets the stage for what promises to be a slew of highly-entertaining books. Three issues in, and the series is has taken off on a promising path, and, despite progressing in typical fashion, Shazam! continues to excite and entertain.