The New Champion of Shazam! #1

Writer: Josie Campbell Artist: Evan "Doc" Shaner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 3, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 23
8.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Mary Bromfield has always struggled to determine who she is outside her family...kinda hard to do when you're all superheroes! Now, after Billy Batson's heroic sacrifice, the power of Shazam has vanished, and she's been left powerless. Most heroes would be distraught, but not Mary. It's finally time for a voyage of self-discovery as she prepares for her freshman year of college and a civilian life. But nothing is ever truly normal for this young hero, because she's just been chosen as the new champion of Shazam! (At least according to a talking rabbit sent by her estranged brother Billy.) Will she embrace the power? Or will it die alongside t more

  • 10
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Aug 2, 2022

    New Champion of Shazam #1 delivers a fantastic premiere issue for a promising mini-series. It has a wonderful retro feel but gives a modern take on Mary and a new direction in life. New supporting characters are added and the issue ends with a great cliffhanger and hints at a new threat to come. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 3, 2022

    The New Champion of Shazam is a breath of fresh air in a musty room. This is the kind of book DC Comics should be publishing more of, instead of endless Bat-books and repetitive event comics. If you liked the Shazam! movie and are anxiously awaiting Fury of the Gods, this will do a fine job of tiding you over until then. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Aug 2, 2022

    The New Champion of Shazam #1 brilliantly puts a new member of the family in the spotlight. Mary gets the chance to make that name her own, and from the first issue she appear worthy already. Both sides of her life are wonderful to explore, from the new chapter of her education to suddenly being the sole bearer of power. Those that have come before havent been abandoned or forgotten, instead using them to enrich Marys story. Family follows you wherever you want to go. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Aug 3, 2022

    If you've followed the Shazam! family for decades, or if you've never picked up one of their books before, you'll undoubtedly find something to love in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Aug 3, 2022

    Campbell and Shaner have delivered an appealing introduction. Mary is defined with a novel perspective that could really turn into something special. With the right pacing, a four-issue series could put Mary through Freshman year. Subsequent series with the same creative team could see Mary making it through the rest of her undergraduate years in sixteen issues over the course of the next four Autumns. Odds are totally against this happening, but Campbell and Shaner have delivered an interesting enough opening that its easy to want a longer run with the character than the four issues that the cover promises. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Aug 10, 2022

    The greatest magical champion of the DC Universe returns. The debut issue brings Mary back into the spotlight with an excellent plot and absolutely exceptional art. This is what the Champions of Magic need to be at the forefront of the DCU again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 2, 2022

    This four-issue miniseries has been a long time in coming, but it might be the best new Shazam content in ages. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Aug 2, 2022

    The New Champion of Shazam! #1 is a strong start to Mary's miniseries. It's full of heart and plays with multiple genres. Fans who want a little more slice of life in their comics or just want to marvel at Shaner's exceptional art will want to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 2, 2022

    The New Champion of Shazam! #1 is a very good start to this new series starring Mary Bromfield. Josie Campbell maximizes the page count to introduce and develop the world and supporting cast around Mary. It all made Mary as the lead character more compelling as she has both personal and superhero arcs built around her. Add in the phenomenal, can't miss artwork by Evan "Doc Shaner and you have a comic book that is a great jumping on point for anyone looking for a new superhero story to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 8, 2022

    Mary Bromfield starts a funny, challenging new chapter in her lives, and both Mary and Shazam look amazing. Highly recommended Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 2, 2022

    You don't need the wisdom of Solomon to realize that with this first issue DC Comics needs to give the fans out there a proper ongoing series because while I did want to know more about what's been going on with the powers of Shazam! and how this deals with what we saw in Teen Titans Academy, we did get a solid look at Mary Bromfield's newest adventure and gave us a compelling beginning to how Mary will deal with being the new champion, while also just wanting to live her life outside of the powers that have defined her in the past. We've got great art and a fun story that I can't wait to get back to next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 8, 2022

    It may not be the Hoppy I want (c'mon DC, strike him with lightning already!), but the comic does make use of a talking rabbit from the Rock of Eternity to get Mary back into the super-hero gig, whether she wants to or not. No longer sharing the magic with the rest of the family, Mary has been given the full power of the wizard which she uses to stop a bank robbery (before, again, attempting to decline the gift). There's still trouble in the world, including some back home she will need to investigate. Seems like Mary's plans of easing into her new life at college isn't going to go exactly as planned. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Aug 2, 2022

    With heart and magic galore -- not to mention a thoughtful take on the design and narrative -- this debut issue could be the start of a true hero's tale. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 2, 2022

    Marys inner dialogue might be jarring and slightly out of character for longtime fans and the solo Marvel Family member feels like a bad editorial decision. Campbell is game to make this a breezy mini-series and Shaners art helps put any major concerns to rest. Read Full Review

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