Shazam! #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Dan Mora Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 3, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 49
8.7Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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The World's Finest creators present the World's Mightiest Mortal in a dazzling solo series! Dinosaurs from space! The Clubhouse of Eternity! Homicidal worms and talking tigers! Atomic robots, alien worlds, mad scientists, sinister curses, and villains from throughout the DC Universe-welcome to the wild adventures of Billy Batson, whose big red alter ego defends the Earth from its weirdest and wildest threats! Want to stop Lex Luthor and The Joker? Call Superman and Batman! International crises? Page Wonder Woman! But when Garguax, Emperor of the Moon, sets his sights on Gorilla City, that's when you shout Shazam! The fan-favorite team of Mark more

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 2, 2023

    If you like DC Comics and heroic superhero stories, just go ahead and add this to your comic store box. You wont want to miss an issue of this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Eric Thomas May 2, 2023

    Packed with fun without skimping out on stakes, and everything else that makes the Earth's Mightiest Mortal a joy to read, this premiere issue has all the qualities of a character-defining run in the making. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Chad Burdette May 2, 2023

    Waid and Mora bring lightning and thunder to Shazam and what promises to be a wild and crazy ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez May 2, 2023

    Shazam! #1 serves as a near-perfect jumping-on point for new readers who want a superhero comic dripping with wholesome, classic fun and adventure. Waid's writing captures Billy's youthful optimism, and Mora's art is tremendous. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 2, 2023

    So far this is yet another example of just why Waid is so perfectly suited for DC heroes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley May 9, 2023

    It's a story that's a blend of all versions of the character, pushing him forward into a very fun new direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 3, 2023

    There's a positive and fun aspect of Shazam! #1. It's just a great read that entertains and hearkens back to the silly pulp comics of the past. The creative team both celebrates the past and sets the series on a new path. It's a mix of old and new that finally stands out from the pack. It's a great comic that'll put a smile on your face. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 2, 2023

    Mora delivers some amazing visuals throughout the issue. The art is bright, vibrant and beautifully detailed. You get a great visual sense of the characters as well as the world they inhabit. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff May 10, 2023

    It has all the hallmarks of a Golden Age story, but Waid fuses the feel of an old-school comic book hero with a more contemporary perspective that serves the story quite well. The Billy Batson/Shazam premise has always been an interesting one. Waid is going to have a challenge keeping it fresh in the long run, but everything seems more or less entertaining in the debut issue of a potentially good series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg May 2, 2023

    Waid and Mora are reinventing the Billy Batson character for a new audience. A mix of clever exposition and high stakes action instantly immerse the reader in the Shazam! world. Whilst Mora's remarkable artwork continues to be an instant sell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 8, 2023

    The opening issue catches up on Billy's life, offers some heroic moments for the Captain (including rescuing a lost young alien dinosaur and having tea with his parents). We get Freddy, and the reminder that most of his foster siblings are still without their powers. And even Tawky Tawny makes an appearance (but still no Hoppy). All that and the comic ends with some apparently godly intervention to teach Billy a lesson, one that is likely to have recursions for Fawcett City‘s favorite son. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett May 3, 2023

    If this is the baseline for what's to come, then Shazam! is bound to be another stellar series from two of the most accomplished creators working at DC Comics today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 5, 2023

    As long as you don't get bogged down in recent history, the twists and turns of this issue make for fine comic book fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 6, 2023

    This issue is the whole deal and a really enjoyable start to the new series. Art, writing, story and characters all come together nicely. Read Full Review

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