DC gave the first look at SHAZAM today, in the New York Post. He’s been reinvented, hooded, and is no longer named after their primary marketplace rival. Haven’t just gotten to the point where I was completely comfortable not calling him Shazam in recent years, this is a personal setback, but I’ll have to forge forward somehow.
For my many years in the comics game, I’ve heard plenty of calls for a resurgence of Capta– Shazam, and I’ve even seen a few attempts. Bone’s Jeff Smith did a stand alone series, as did Judd Winick, on Trials of Shazam, which I thought was excellent. But he never caught fire in the mainstream, which isn’t really a surprise, when the nickname of the character is “the big red cheese.”
If you want to know more, check out his debut in Justice League #7, out on March 21, written by Geoff Johns, with art by Gary Frank. Gene Ha–who incidentally drew the last JLA comic to win an Eisner–tackles the main story.