Shazam! #4

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Dale Eaglesham, Marco Santucci Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 38
8.2Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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"Shazam and the Seven Magiclands"continues as Billy Batson and the other foster kids are lost in the dangerous Wildlands! A realm where animals walk like humans...and where humans live in zoos! When Freddie and Darla are captured and paraded around like oddities, it's up to Billy and the others to rescue them from the greedy Crocodile Men! Plus, the shocking ending to issue #1 could up end Billy's new family...or make it stronger than ever.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 29, 2019

    Despite the book having some trouble finding a good balance between being serious or silly, it is great to see that some of DC's line of books is maintaining the bright hopeful tone that was promised by Rebirth. I am sure that the title will improve as it finds its feet, but at least it provides an enjoyable experience for the reader. Read Full Review

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

    With the Shazam movie coming out in two short weeks, anyone who goes from that movie to a comic store and finds themselves picking up this story arc is in for a wonderfully charming bit of classic comic book storytelling. Which I'm sure is exactly what DC has planned. Read Full Review

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

    Johns isn't done with the surprises as evidenced by the final page. I really love this book and want to give a big Darla hug every time a new issue comes out. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Mar 27, 2019

    This series continues to display how entertaining and lucrative a simple light-hearted tale about family be genuinely be and how much weight it can actually hold. Although not wholly blending together, Eaglesham and Santucci bring beautiful work to each respective page as Geoff Johns continues to prove to readers why this series was worth the years of waiting. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Mar 29, 2019

    Shazam #4 continues strongly into this story arc. It's spread out, but not so far that we cannot keep track of it. I do like that the parents are actually worried about the missing kids and I love the final reveal. This is a good, solid, thoroughly enjoyable book. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 30, 2019

    SHAZAMis a series obviously crafted with a lot of love and care from the creative team and with the fourth installment is clearly firing on all cylinders. Long live the Marvel Family! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 27, 2019

    Dale Eagelsham and Marco Santucci have created some beautifully detailed art throughout this issue and every panel is visually impressive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Legion - ComicsDude Mar 26, 2019

    The secrets and mysteries continue as the Family is scattered. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Mar 27, 2019

    This is an adventurous and fun story for young teens. The whimsical and playful nature of the visuals makes the story come to life. Our young hero, Billy, has led his family in to an exciting new land; however, will he be able to save them from the hand of King Kid? I can't wait to see how this story unfolds. I highly recommend this story for younger readers and for fans of Shazam! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Mar 27, 2019

    Shazam is a grand love letter to the Fawcett champion of magic we all love and know. There's a powerful sense of wonder and possibility, which is all you could ask for. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Mar 27, 2019

    Shazam #4 isn't a must read comic, but it's a damn fun one that serves as a decent introduction to the series for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 27, 2019

    It's good to see Johns embracing the history of this property, and the arrival of one of Johns' best characters going back to his JSA days makes me very happy. But Mary's only scene in this issue being a shot of her chained up and in a literal muzzle " not great. She's one of the most important Shazam characters and she deserves a lot better than she's gotten from DC for the last decade or so. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Ian Cameron Mar 28, 2019

    This series continues to be a very entertaining, serviceable reintroduction to the World's Mightiest Mortal, and his endearing and fun family! The further fleshing out of the magic-realms is intriguing, and allowing for some terrific artwork and great character-moments! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 28, 2019

    "Shazam!" #4 takes huge risks with the structure and ideas within the property that makes the issue feel like something special. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Mar 27, 2019

    Gloriously goofy and unique, Shazam! is a joyous experience to behold on the printed page! Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Mar 27, 2019

    Whereas Shazam #3 felt a bit like it was treading water and leaning hard on the reliably excellent art, #4 is a big step up all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 27, 2019

    With the stakes raised for each of our Shazam Family and fantastic art depicting it all, this issue seemed to have it all...... including a killer cliffhanger that makes me mad as hell that I have to wait another month to get my next installment.  If you've been on the fence with this title, this is the time to get on the trolley and check it out because it's so very satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Mar 28, 2019

    Shazam! #4 is a fun issue full of videogames, theme parks, and talking animals. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 3, 2019

    Looks like the heroes have their work cut out for them. And there's a new face on the scene as well that has learned of what trouble Billy and his friends have gotten into. It appears the group will meet Black Adam fairly soon. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Mar 28, 2019

    Dale Eaglesham, Marco Santucci, and Mike Atiyeh do a great job in bringing life to the various different lands seen here, from the Wildlands to the Gamelands. At times, it can feel like sensory overload for the reader. However, this is more due to the erratic script attempting to cram as much into this issue as possible, rather than a poor effort by the art team. Despite this, Shazam! continues to be one of the more consistent and enjoyable books from DCs main line of books. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Mar 27, 2019

    The artwork by Eaglesham is terrific, reminiscent of Neal Adams in his heyday. He anthropomorphizes animals well enough, which is always a challenge to no over-think. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 27, 2019

    The art is decent but it doesn't help because it's all so confusing and just silly. Hopefully, it turns around after this story. Right now, I can't wait for it to be over. Read Full Review

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