Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam #1

Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam #1

Event\Storyline: Darkseid War Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Scott Kolins Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 11, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 14
7.4Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

A boy becomes an army of Gods! No longer does Billy Batson have access to the powers of the Old Gods. Now, he commands the combined might of Highfather, Mantis and other New Gods. But these Gods are not passive. And they will sooner destroy Billy than give up control of their power.

  • 9.5
    GWW - Agasicles Stamas Nov 12, 2015

    This book isshazam panel just flat out fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Nov 11, 2015

    A fun special that feels more like a beginning of something fascinating than a simple flash-in-the-pan, Justice League: The Darkseid War: Shazam is the kind of story Ive been hoping to see for so long from DC Comics on a monthly basis for one of their oldest and greatest characters. Steve Orlando and Scott Kolins nailed it, and if I had my druthers, theyd be chronicling Billy Batson and the New Gods of his pantheon month in and month out, ad infinitum. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Nov 13, 2015

    Unlike the other one-shots, this feels more like a pilot. A really really good pilot with a load of potential. So, I have to look at DC and say this: Okay, you have one job. I hate that phrase, but it is true here. All you have to do, is announce a "Shazam #1" by Steve Orlando, Scott Kolins and Romulo Fajardo Jr. "From the Pages of "Justice League: The Darkseid War" and let them build on this. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Nov 15, 2015

    Just like Japan has brushed aside Goku for One Punch Man, it looks like we have also. Stand aside Superman, go wash your t-shirt or something. Get ready for Shazam: God of Gods! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 12, 2015

    DC could do a lot worse than to build a new series on the foundation established here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 12, 2015

    Orlando, Kolins and Fajardo work extremely well together here, to the point that I'd love to see them work on another book as a team soon. (Perhaps there's a "Shazam" ongoing is in their future -- if not, DC Comics should reconsider based on the strength of this one-shot.) What could have easily been disposable is instead enthralling thanks to this creative team, and now I want to see much more of Shazam. Nicely done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 16, 2015

    Steve Orlando creates a compelling story that as a fan of Shazam and the current Darkseid War storyline I wanted to read. At times the dialogue was a bit overdone and Billy came off as kind of a brat, but I was still entertained and interested until the very end which had a villain that I thought had potential for future stories. I've been a huge fan of the Justice League Darkseid War so I'm glad to see these spinoffs providing some solid storytelling and great art, and this issue starring Shazam is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 11, 2015

    It'll be interesting to see where this all goes, and how much will be explored down the road. Maybe we'll see an ongoing Shazam comic with Orlando at the helm. After reading this, it's something I could get behind. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 13, 2015

    Billy Batson is a teenaged asshole but he makes some good points as he copes with becoming the God of Gods. You don't need to drive your father's Oldsmobile. You can carve your own path. And part of that path includes a meet-and-greet with ethereal manifestations of personality traits and life events, and that's okay. The story is just okay, but the incredible artwork of Scott Kolins is worth recommending at least giving this a look in-store. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 12, 2015

    Steve Orlando has been one of DC's sharpest up-and-coming writers with his take on Midnighter, but he and artist Scott Kolins bite off a little bit more than they can chew with Justice League: The Darkseid War - Shazam #1. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Nov 11, 2015

    "Justice League: The Darkseid War: Shazam #1" fails to deliver. The redeeming qualities in the story are overlooked by the lack of direction in the storytelling and the inconsistencies in the art direction. Seeing a Shazam with an all-new power set would have been something to behold, but it looks like were going to have to wait until "Justice League #46" to see a payoff on that. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Nov 16, 2015

    If there is any connection between Shazam's old Gods and the Old Gods of Kirby's Fourth World you aren't finding it here, just a lot of disappointment and time-wasting, especially given how unlikely it is that any of these changes will actually last. Read Full Review

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