Sunday, July 06, 2008

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #1 Review

Recently reviewed by me at CBR: Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #1, about which I write the following sentences: "One of the biggest changes Kunkel brings to what is supposedly a spin-off of the Jeff Smith series is that the Captain Marvel in this comic has the mentality of Billy Batson. Smith portrayed Marvel as a mature version of Billy -- after all, Captain Marvel supposedly has the wisdom of Solomon -- while Kunkel portrays Marvel as a muscle-bound superhero with the mind of a child. Kunkel's Captain Marvel means well, and tries hard, but little Mary Marvel can think circles around him. And I think that choice makes the character more interesting. This version of Captain Marvel may have the wisdom of Solomon, but he doesn't know how to use it yet, and that increases the potential for humor."

Read the entire review HERE.

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