Future State: Shazam! #1

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Tim Sheridan Artist: Eduardo Pansica Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 20, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 21
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No one’s seen Billy Batson in years-not since the incident known as the Final Battle of Titans Island. Now leading a small band of heroes, even his allies have begun to ask who’s controlling Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. In a story set years after the events of Future State: Teen Titans, learn the truth behind the sacrifice Billy made to imprison an ultimate evil even he couldn’t destroy.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Seth Singleton Jan 19, 2021

    Julio Flores inks, Marcelo Maiolo, and Pansica'spencils brighten the lights, darken the shadows, and set the tone,imagination, tension, and mystery in every panel. Future State: Shazam #1 is a reminder for every reader facing the trials of life. No matter the age, there are always obstacles and temptations. The challenge is the decision each person chooses to make. Even when it means turning around to fix a mistake and right a wrong. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jan 20, 2021

    Future State: SHAZAM! #! (#DCComics @iamtimsheridan @edpansica ) is a must-read for SHAZAM! fans for sure but manages to reach beyond and touch so many corners of the DCU that it's nearly a must-read for comics fans in general! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Jan 19, 2021

    Overall, the creative have crafted something highly entertaining, while being vastly contrasting to the characters we know. Sheridan has layered in so much mystery and intrigue its going to be hard to resist the urge to immediately pick up issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 19, 2021

    Sheridan really sold me on his vision of the Justice League and Id love to see this team revisited. The effective cliffhanger ensured that my interest is piqued for this very unique take on Billy Batson/Shazam. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Jan 19, 2021

    Combined together, this writing artistic team creates a comic worth reading twice. Once the reveal is known, the layers of art give additional meaning to the larger story. Sheridan has crafted a tale that retains the bleak vision of the Future State line without sacrificing the bright comic wonder that accompanies Shazam.Combined together, this writing artistic team creates a comic worth reading twice. Once the reveal is known, the layers of art give additional meaning to the larger story. Sheridan has crafted a tale that retains the bleak vision of the Future State line without sacrificing the bright comic wonder that accompanies Shazam. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 28, 2021

    Suffice it to say that old-school Captain Marvel fans who disliked Geoff John's reimaging of Shazam might get a kick out of this issue, despite its fairly dark tone, along with anyone who enjoyed Miracleman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jan 20, 2021

    A good story absolves all sins. Billy Batson faces a real crisis in Future State: Shazam! #1, a well-crafted shot at a pessimistic and sullen version of one of DC's brightest characters. I eagerly await the conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Jan 20, 2021

    Whether you're a devout Shazam fan who wants to see the status quo shaken up or a casual fan who's merely interested in the "Future State" premise, this book surely paints the iconic character in an all-new light. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Jan 21, 2021

    A story that constantly floods your mind with questions, and beautiful art to accompany it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 3, 2021

    Future State: Shazam is something different, corrupting the incorruptible, but not in the way you might think. There's still a noble streak in this story. The actions were done for the right reasons, despite the horrifying consequences. Now we have to see what happens when one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe breaks bad and that's a frightening thought. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Benjamin Novoa Jan 19, 2021

    Future State: Shazam! #1 is a genuinely good first issue with enough breadcrumbs and reveals to warrant picking up the second issue to see where things lead. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 19, 2021

    If you can get past a dark future for our Mightiest Mortal, Shazam! then you'll be treated to some excellent art, a badass looking Justice League team, and a possible continuation of what we're getting in other Future State books that leads to this 2029 future. Even if that last part doesn't turn out to be the case, you get some interesting things here, I just wish that the story was told in a better way that just didn't stack the mysteries going on here on top of each other and wanted to do some work in explaining this world to you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 19, 2021

    What does work is the stunning artwork by Eduardo Pansica, especially in the Hell segments. But coming after the excellent Johns run and the Jeff Loveness stand-alones, something big is missing here. Read Full Review

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