The Trials of Shazam! #1
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The Trials of Shazam! #1

Writer: Judd Winick Artist: Howard Porter Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 30, 2006 Critic Reviews: 4
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The world is in magical turmoil as Captain Marvel tries to keep everything under control in the aftermath of the events of DAY OF VENGEANCE. And with the rest of the Marvel Family powerless, it's all up to him-unless some drastic changes occur fast. Luckily, everything changes by this issue's end!

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Aug 30, 2006

    I rather enjoyed Trials of Shazam #1. This was a nicely paced and well written issue with some good action and a nice hook at the end. Winick lays the foundation with this issue for the rest of the eleven issues in this maxi-series. Porter delivered some powerful artwork that truly complimented Winick's story and vividly brought it to life. I am interested with the new role of Captain Marvel in the new DCU and can't wait to see what happens next. I usually don't like straight up magic based comic books. However, this title has enough super hero action so it makes for a nice blend of a magic and a super hero based storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - R.J. Squires Aug 31, 2006

    Overall: Okay, I am on for the ride. This was a nicely done issue that left me wanting more when all was said and done. It doesn't matter if you are either a long time Shazam! fan or just jumping on: everything that you would expect from a first issue of a maxi-series you will get that and more with Trials of SHAZAM! #1. Ol' Captain Whitebread is getting an EXTREME MAKEOVER, and Judd may be just the right person to pull this off! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 15, 2006

    Superman fights bad guys and saves the day, smiles for the camera and symbolizes that all is right with the world. Captain Marvel used to do the same thing, but Winick has changed that. Now, he's fighting unseen battles against evils the world knows nothing about and shouldn't know about. Captain Marvel doesn't live among us, blending in until the call to action sounds. Now, he sits above and watches for warning signs. It's a significant change in the character and one that offers a lot of promise. Others have condemned the shift in direction, and I can understand why. The campiness of the Marvel Family is lost with this new take on the property, but I was never particularly taken with the saccharine qualities of traditional Shazam storytelling anyway. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Caryn A. Tate Sep 14, 2006

    Im hoping that the editors and creators on this book will take the initiative and begin to create a fun, refreshing Captain Marvel comic that is worthy of a great character. Otherwise, I will probably never pick up this title again. Read Full Review

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