Shazam! #3

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Dale Eaglesham, Marco Santucci Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 40
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

"SHAZAM! AND THE SEVEN REALMS" continues! Billy Batson's world is turned upside down by a figure from the past while Mary, Freddy and the rest of the Shazam Family enter a realm of endless amusements, candy factories and friends in the Funlands! But what's the catch? Plus, a shocking development within the Library of Eternity!

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 27, 2019

    If you haven't been reading Shazam! you've been missing out. This is a fun little comic that should be on everyone's pull list. Don't wait for the TP " grab the back-issues now! Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 27, 2019

    I'm looking forward to further adventures in this thoroughly enjoyable tale, from this extremely talented creative team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 27, 2019

    Shazam has quickly become one of my favorite titles. It's comics done right and shows no amount of shock deaths, quirky characterization and drastic status quo changes can beat quality storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Michael Fromm Feb 27, 2019

    The Shazam! family learns about their connection to the seven realms of The Magiclands, as well as the true intentions of King Kid. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Mar 5, 2019

    Continuing to stand alone in stride, this title is the poster child of how to do self contained comics within a larger universe but still make them important and entertaining. A sheer joyride to read throughout, this series continues to provide much needed escape from the darker themes current comics tend to dwell on. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Ian Cameron Feb 27, 2019

    The creative team continues to build a vast new part of the DC Universe through these realms with this Shazam series while fleshing out Billy's family, doing so very efficiently and entertainingly thus far! King Kid's nature wasn't surprising but is still very enjoyable nonetheless. And the art is some of the most enjoyable DC's currently publishing! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Feb 28, 2019

    There's a nice mix of exposition, internal conflict, and outright action that keeps Shazam! #3 moving along at a good pace. It's lovely to look at, it's getting exciting, and we have the hint that Mr. Mind may still be a problem. It's setting up some potentially interesting challenges for our young heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 27, 2019

    The art was great. The transitions between art styles was well done and allowed the story to flow naturally. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 1, 2019

    SHAZAM continues to strike all the right chords and hit all the right notes in this third installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 27, 2019

    Three issues in, and the series is has taken off on a promising path, and, despite progressing in typical fashion,Shazam!continues to excite and entertain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Feb 28, 2019

    Shazam #3 is full of fun, family, and Ferris wheels. If Johns can keep it up, this run is shaping up to be a classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Feb 27, 2019

    With King Kid, writer Geoff Johns has created a villain who feels like Billy Batson's opposite number in the same ways that Black Adam is the opposite number to Shazam. It's a clever way of approaching the new series, and plays nicely into the themes of family and acceptance that Johns has used Shazam stories to tell in the past, since the villain is both demanding of acceptance and inclusion on his terms and also incredibly exclusionary when it comes to his own territory. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Feb 27, 2019

    Shazam is a dish full of wonder, spiced with a great deal of charm. It's expansive, imaginative and feels true to the history of the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 27, 2019

    All writers have "tells" on their runs, and mythology has become one of Geoff Johns' biggest. He never saw a major DC property that he didn't want to take and make much bigger, much more epic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 28, 2019

    While I still would prefer the classic Captain Marvel, Johns is giving us an interesting modern alternative version of the character. There is definitely potential for this series, despite the major changes to the core canon. And oddly it does seem to keep some of the original delightful silliness of the golden age comics that the modern DC Captain Marvel comics had lost. I wouldn't say that I prefer this version over the classic, but it is fun to read if you're willing to judge it on its own merits instead of measuring it against the classic version. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Mar 3, 2019

    In conclusion, if you've been following SHAZAM!, it's still a good time. If you haven't, I can tell you that, even despite a slower issue, this series is still fun, cute and all around enjoyable with some neat art to boot. If you've got money to spend, it's a good place to be spending it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Feb 27, 2019

    Shazam #3is a simple story that sets up the second half of this initial story arc. Johns uses this issue to build out his world around Shazam. This is important for the series, but as an individual issue, it lacks the emotion and character building of the first two issues. New readers would be better served to pick up either of the first two issues to find introductions to the characters. Returning readers will be ready to discover how lasting of an impact these magic lands will have for the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Mar 7, 2019

    We don't know how true King Kid's child abuse story is, but we'll have to take his word for it until we get more details. He clearly has some ulterior motives, though, being that he sicked his demented Mario-clown-janitors on the fam and jettisoned everyone to different Magiclands as soon as they made the decision to go home. Guess it's survival of the fittest time for the homies who just popped up in the Gamelands and Wildlands. Solid issue, but I think the artwork is carrying this book now that Johns has laid down the framework. I'm ok with that. This is a visual feast that should pull readers back as long as the creative team keeps their balance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 6, 2019

    It looks like starting next issue we'll be getting a look at more of the lands. Are the heroes destined to protect these various realms? Or will the entire Marvel Family be heading back to “Earthlands” at the end of the arc? Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 27, 2019

    It's time to discover what the Funlands are all about, but sadly that doesn't exactly mean all out fun.  Yeah, there's some fun bits here, but for whatever reason, this issue came off feeling weird compared to the previous two and while I like where we get to by the end, it seems like we could have gotten there a little faster.  The artwork is great though and I love these characters and even with my misgivings, I can't wait for what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 27, 2019

    Maybe there is a bigger plan in place. Right now, it just feels sort of directionless. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Feb 28, 2019

    "Shazam!" #3 fails to present compelling new reasons for its purpose, but its gorgeous art and some sub-plot interest should keep the audience moving along. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Feb 28, 2019

    Big. Bright. Beautiful! Shazam! is pure magic! Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Feb 27, 2019

    I'm eager to see what happens. VERY eager. As in, impatient. So, let's move things along, sooner rather than later, please. I don't really care about children eating ice cream and candy. Read Full Review

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