Shazam! #2

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Marco Santucci Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 41
8.3Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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"Shazam! and the Seven Kingdoms" part two! The acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham continue the first all-new ongoing SHAZAM! title in decades!
Billy Batson has uncovered a secret deep within the Rock of Eternity that sends him on his most personal mission yet-one that threatens to tear apart his family! Meanwhile, the truth behind the Rock of Eternity's purpose and its forbidden past unveils new and familiar worlds (that Dale may go mad drawing)! Plus... talking animals?!

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jan 23, 2019

    What's not to love here? Shazam! is a charming, light-hearted adventure certain to inject a nice big helping of happiness into your weekly reading! Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jan 23, 2019

    The light hearted, silver-age nature to the series is a breath of fresh air to store shelves. With secret crises around every corner of current superhero comics, this self-contained joy ride is a must buy for all readers, new and old. Johns love and affinity for these characters and this universe shine through yet again, while accompanied by a slew of talented artists at every turn, this series can do no wrong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 24, 2019

    Despite the lack of action, the book was still a fun read and serves to set the series off on a promising start. I look forward to seeing the adventures this series has in store for Billy and the rest of the Shazam Family. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 23, 2019

    I really love this title. Its unapologetically fun and reading it feels like that excitement that came before spoiler solicitations and a more mature, cynical attitude. So far Shazam is the jolt of optimism and adventure the DC Universe needs right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 23, 2019

    Light and exciting, although not as humorous as its predecessor, Shazam! (2018-) #2 continues to impress and raises the stakes by introducing some sinister forces into the mix. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jan 28, 2019

    Shazam continues to impress as Johns builds upon the mythos of the Marvel Family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Jan 23, 2019

    This is an engaging child-friendly story filled with mystery, energy, and fun. The art creates a world that is magical, beautiful, and potentially treacherous. I highly recommend this book to fans of Shazam and DC comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 25, 2019

    With a final page reveal of a new character that promises to change Shazam lore, this is the best the character has been in decades. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 23, 2019

    Marco Santucci has some detailed and beautifully composed art in this issue and I enjoyed how big and detailed he got in the Funlands scenes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    On Comics Ground - Ian Cameron Jan 24, 2019

    After an incredibly fun first issue, Shazam #2 continues the trend, being very entertaining, visually vibrant, and setting up lots of compelling mysteries! The characterization here and there is going in a potentially-worrisome direction, but the comic remains a delight to experience! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Jan 23, 2019

    This was a fun issue that displayed plenty of action in panels all throughout, and showcased more of those rich, kinetic colors we saw in issue #1. Johns moves the story along nicely, while peppering in bits of information necessary to understand this family, their magic, and the growing threats. With these mysterious new lands, the possibilities are endless, and the intrigue is helping to make Shazam one of 2019's DC titles to remain excited about. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Tevin Murphy Jan 24, 2019

    Overall,Shazam! #2 continues Johns current run on the character and conintues to focus on the families sense of wonder and amazement at the sheer awesomeness of being freaking superheroes. Johns captures the beauty and the appeal of the characters and honestly with the film fastly approaching I think this would be a good starting point for those interested in learning a little bit about the character before it drops. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Jan 23, 2019

    Shazam continues to be a fun romp full of character, heart, charm and great world-building. Hop on this train and say the magic word! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Jan 23, 2019

    The Law of Conservation of Characters suggests that the villains we meet in Shazam! #2 will be at the center of things. I like the energy and enthusiasm we have here, and the ongoing sense of innocence " that these kids aren't so jaded and cynical that they expect problems around every corner. The villains are classic, and interesting and I am curious to see what they're up to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jan 28, 2019

    Though the story might have been a little slow and didnt go much of anywhere, it was absolutely beautiful to look at. The art was incredible, with the lighting in on some of the pages feeling like it could jump right off the page. It was just stunning to look at and really reminds me as to why I love the medium so much. With a good story and amazing art, its easy to lose oneself in a comic book. Even with my complaints about the slower story, I still feel this issue deserves praise for its work, so Im giving this issue 4 stars, and look forward to seeing Johns and the rest of the team on the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 23, 2019

    While we have more characters than we can shake a stick at in this issue, there's a pretty decent balance to everything that's going on in this book, but I'm worried that things could get out of hand fast.  I'm still having a fun time with this series and love what Marco Santucci brought to the table with his art this issue and hope to see him put life in these heroes again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 23, 2019

    I like what Johns is going for here, but it still doesn't match the pure iconic fun of the Jerry Ordway run from the 1990s. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jan 28, 2019

    Incredibly paced worldbuilding and fun artwork bring out the best in this budding series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jan 23, 2019

    There is less action and more mystery as we are given a new world of Shazam to explore. It's only the second issue, so we've a long way to go. And what's with this guy that claims to be Billy Batson's dad? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 23, 2019

    Bottom line? Shazam! is a magical book and a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 29, 2019

    SHAZAM! #2 also features an appearance by Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind (inside the scientist's ear), who we see also has an entry in the large book which the scientist has been carrying around, likely foreshadowing his eventual run-in with the Big Red Cheese and the rest of the Marvel Family. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Brian Renninger Jan 23, 2019

    The second installment in the Geoff Johns Shazam re-launch has found its footing, yet hasn't exactly shown us what it wants to be quite yet. The first issue, while fun, wasn't so interested in giving us something new to bite down on and was more of a reestablishment of character, while the second issue feels far more like the slow beginning of a narrative arc. I'm excited as the next reader to see what Johns does with these characters, but lets hope the next issue gives us a little bit more insight into what that thing is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 24, 2019

    All and all though, I'm intrigued enough to see where it goes. Johns is always worth following so I'm going to stick with it a bit. Hopefully, this series takes off. It certainly has the potential to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 23, 2019

    The issue wraps up with a cliffhanger introduction of what is to come and leaves me wondering what is coming next. I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book. With the cover being such a festive motif I was expecting a very different issue. I'm now very much looking forward to the next issue when, hopefully, some answers are given as plans continue to progress. And perhaps we'll hear that iconic line again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Jan 25, 2019

    In conclusion, the series continues to be a lot of fun. The darker stuff is not too severe (yet) and it maintained that childlike wonder at the world. While it could've had a little more action, I still really liked it and can't wait to pick up the next one. This issue gets a hearty recommendation from me, go get it. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Jan 23, 2019

    An engaging connecting story that dives into the heroes' personalities. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Jan 23, 2019

    Johns has also placed significant emphasis on two of Billy's siblings: Freddy and Mary. Something tells me Mary is right to be questioning every idea Freddy proposes. Not just because they've been questionable at best, but more to do with Freddy's actions on the train. In particular, the panel where he says, "Let's do this, magic subway car!" Everyone else is freaking out while Freddy's face is covered by shadows in such a way that he appears menacing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 27, 2019

    Perhaps it'll start making more sense soon, but so far, it's mostly a hodgepodge of ideas - some entertaining, some puzzling, but noneparticularly compelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Jan 24, 2019

    This book takes you on a fun journey, but it forgets that to truly make that journey special, you first need to know the characters you're following. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Russ Burlingame Jan 23, 2019

    There is... a lot happening in Shazam! #2, and it feels like none of the three stories get enough time to come fully into focus. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Samuel Almeida Jan 23, 2019

    Very fun issue. Of course, in a place called "the funlands" what else could i expect?
    Now, everywhere i looked, it said that Dale Eaglesham was the artist. But thats clearly not the case. They did put the actual artists name on the book, but even on the DC website it says Dale is the artist. But Theres no problem with Marco Santuccis art. Hes very talented. Although a couple of panels showing Freddy smirking in a very suspicious way. Almost like is a villain planning something. That was weird.
    the King Kid was also weird. I hope Geoff doesnt really expand the family. I dont know.
    Doctor Sivana and Mr Mind were pretty awesome to see. We didnt have enough Dr Sivana in the New 52, so that was nice.
    I feel like this series more

  • 8.0
    SloboSOY Jan 25, 2019

    I didn't like it. I was too weird. Like if the darkness is there but we don't see him.
    Well with Sivana we see that quite right. I was with Mary on many choices.

    Cover - Not related but very good. 2/2
    Writing - I liked the part with the book, I want to see more of it. I find interesting the feel for the adoptive parent to host someone who tell he is Billy father. I would have prefered go one on that. 2/3
    Arts - Damn the art was awesome. 3/3
    Feeling - Disappointed, Mixed. I don't know. It wasn't what I expect. 1/2

  • 8.0
    ohhaimark Jan 25, 2019


    -Good issue. I think I liked this better than the first one.

    -Really liked the art in this one. I didn't even notice it was a different artist than the first issue … I might like this art better.

    -Strong writing. With this issue, Geoff Johns proves he knows how to write a good story.

    -The Seven Magic Lands storyline is picking up and its getting really interesting. I hope each issue can focus on a different land. That would make this a really cool story arc.

    -I thought the dialogue was good. Realistic, the kids sound like actual kids. It has its corny parts, but that helps the charm of the book. Plus a great use of "Holey Moley."

    -The Doctor Sivana/Mr. Mind sc more

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 26, 2019

    So this issue had nothing to do with Christmas, so that makes the Christmas cover even more egregious. If only this wasn't delayed! Nevermind that though, because this was a good issue. I liked it about as much as the first, and that's astonishing because I really loathe kids in comics. They're either too stupid or too cheesy. This comic gets a good balance luckily. I won't say I'm fully on board yet, but I'm getting there.

  • 7.5
    waltgator93 Jan 23, 2019

    Good issue but makes me wonder does Freddy have an alternative motive? We get little bit more to the Bill Batsons dad returning storyline and little bit of where Dr. Shivanna been. The art is truly phenomenal. The cliffhanger is an alright one.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    Not a lot happened in this issue, I couldn’t really stir myself to any dread because it was trying just a bit too hard to worry me.

  • 8.5
    rayonymous Sep 9, 2019

    This issue may not have much to tell but it works just as well as the first one to add depth for the collective story. So the kids take a vote, and hop on the train to the Funlands. I'm really starting to hate Freddy for taking rash decisions and persuading the family into embracing the unknown, at least Mary is being the adult for all of them.

    As far as I know from the comics, I don't think the foster parents have ever really looked into what the kids have been doing, as they checked in they were only able to find that children are missing from the premise. It was an interesting turn of event since Billy's father (or whoever he is) has come to talk.

    Doctor Sivana and Mr. Maxivermis Mind band together, for whatever nef more

  • 8.0
    Jeremy Cline Jan 25, 2019


    First of all, what affects my review is the fact I'm not happy that this series was given to Geoff Johns. Still, I am reviewing what is HERE, not the book I wanted to get.

    I like the old-fashioned adventure feel to this story and it's clear that Johns took some of the New 52 criticisms to heart. Case in point, Sivana is now an amalgam of classic Sivana and Johns' own version from the beginning of this decade.

    Honestly I can't wait to find out what happens next.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Jan 23, 2019

    "Keep calm and call Batman"

    Fun, magic, mystery, villains plotting schemes and a little bit of family drama for good measure. That's the issue #2 in a quick summary.

    Geoff Johns delivers again. Interesting story with good dialogue and wonderful chemistry between the siblings. Johns really nails that part. Each member of the Shazam Family has their own voice and feels like their own person. I like that very much. And something tells me that the Funlands aren't as fun as the name would imply. When I saw the clown that greeted them I jumped in my chair. That little dude looks creepy.

    I only wished that we could learn about Billy's father a tad more. But that's what the next issues are for.

  • 6.5
    MKW69 Jan 23, 2019

    First issue was fine as A New start. But this issue is just bleh. I cannot difference any of The members of Marvel Family. They're like A mass.

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