DC Comics
Review: Shazam #6
By Philip Schweier
June 5, 2019 - 07:28

DC Comics
Writer(s): Geoff Johns
Artist(s): Dale Eaglesham, Marco Santucci, Scott Kolins
Colourist(s): Mike Atiyeh
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh
Cover Artist(s): Dale Eaglesham, Mike Atiyeh; Kamone Shirahama

The Marvel kids are still fighting their way out of the Magic Lands, while back in the “real” world, Billy’s dad has come a-calling, looking for his estranged son. Yeah, I remember that plot development – from FIVE ISSUES AGO!! It seems too important to me
to have waited this long to be addressed.


What’s happened in the intervening issues? Well, not much. The kids/super-heroes have been struggling to make their way out of the Magic Lands, only to wander into another mystical “neighborhood.” However, the solution may have presented itself in this chapter, if in a deus ex machine sort of way.


I appreciate the artwork of Eaglesham, but another artist – either Santucci or Kolins, I can’t tell which – steps in for a brief sequence. The sudden change in style is a bit jarring, but thankfully it’s during a scene change. I’d prefer to avoid such situations in the future, but the art bar is set higher these days, so everyone needs a helping hand now and then.

As this chapter concludes, it is my hope that the Billy can get back to some regular super-heroing, allowing his super-powered sibling to hang in the background a little more. I don’t dislike the new concept of the whole family as a franchise, but I feel it’s the sort of thing to be explored judiciously, so that the original Captain Marvel/Shazam can develop front and center.


Rating: 7/10

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