The return of Billy Batson has been a long time coming for DC Comics. The original Captain Marvel has been mostly absent from the comics since the early stages of the New 52. The writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham pair up to return Billy Batson and the rest of the Marvel family to the DC universe in Shazam #1.
It is made clear early in the issue that it has been a full year (1 comic book year that is) since the last time we saw Billy Batson in action. The Shazam movie is well within sight just a few months away. That meant it was only a matter of time before we got a Shazam title back on the shelves.
Who Said Being a Hero Can’t Be Fun?
Shazam #1 wastes no time reintroducing us to the entire Marvel family. With the kids seemingly on a school field trip, the chemistry between the characters is as realistic and humorous as comic characters can get. It is refreshing to see Geoff Johns get to write with a lighter tone in this book. Dealing with kids, Johns creates a fun, goofy bunch that feels like they would fit perfectly on their own TV show.
While on their field trip, a bunch of goons wearing masks from different members of the Justice League and armed with guns barge in. The thugs begin causing trouble because, of course, they do. Shazam and the rest of the Marvel family make quick work of the thugs, each being as cocky and quirky as the last.
John excels at creating a family atmosphere between the characters. The book is filled with great comedy and heartwarming joy. Seeing young kids enjoying their family and having a blast being heroes is a refreshing taste in today’s comic industry.
After an “exciting” day at school, the Marvel family returns to their foster home. The kids seem to be having the time of their lives and feel like they are on top of the world. Usually, when heroes are feeling pretty high of themselves, things tend to head South real fast. It’s safe to assume Geoff Johns has some tricks up his sleeve to give these kids a harsh reality check. While at home the kids travel into a secret location referred to as “The Station.”
Looking like an old rundown subway station, the spot is filled with retro trains and maps. While the kids are having a ball exploring the newly discovered station, drama awaits them back home. A knock on the door from a man claiming to be Billy Batson’s real father is sure to stir things up in the issues to come.
Dale Eaglesham’s work in Shazam #1 is pure fun. Giving beautiful detail and emotion in each panel provides for a fun book to read and look at. With Michael Atiyeh on color, this art team seems promising for the long run of this series.
The bright colors only help create the warm family tone that Geoff John’s is clearly aiming for in the early parts of this series. Eaglesham does a great job of mixing up the amount of panels per page, assuring that pages don’t ever feel familiar or boring. Each page pops right out at the reader with incredible art and beautiful colors.
Final Thoughts On Shazam #1
Shazam #1 is a welcoming return of Billy Batson and the rest of the Marvel family. They have been missed and you can’t help but get excited to think about what lies ahead in their journey. It feels great to see Geoff Johns work on a book that clearly has a much lighter tone. Most of his other recent books have been much more on a serious tone.
Paired with Dale Eaglesham, this creative team has the potential to put out one of the best books on the shelves with each issue. Despite not having a great amount of action, Shazam #1 is a fun ride for any comic fan. The future looks bright for Billy Batson. And with his own movie just a few months away, it can only get brighter.