Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Trials of Shazam! #1

The Trials of Shazam! #1
This wasn't a particularly good book. Not awful, just not particularly good.
Basically, now that magic has been restructured, Billy is living in the rock of eternity, he has magical powers when not the Captain, he can call down physical lightning as well, and he basically has a magic pool wherein he scryes what should be his next task.
And apparently, although long-time magic-users are now lost in the new universe's magic, Cap knows all.
This has been a contention of many writers since Day of Vengeance - that magic is different. But every writer seems to be doing something different with it, and besides that, magic was never very clearly defined before Day of Vengeance. So, I understand what they're trying to say, but they're really just not selling me on it.
And that being the case, this comic loses much of its appeal.
The art is certainly nice, although it is difficult to interpret at times. Cleaner brushwork is a must for battle scenes, and I'm just not seeing it here.
Overall, EH. I'll check out the next issue, but I'm really not interested. All I want to know is what happened to Mary Marvel when she fell from the sky in Brave New World. She's altogether more interesting than Billy anyways. Or maybe it's because she's freakin' hot!

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