Shazam! backup in Justice League #7 - Sneak Peak

#1 Edited by Adnan (1037 posts) - - Show Bio

Shazam! With one lightning-infused magic word, DC Comics has relaunched one of its most iconic characters, reviving the superhero known since 1939 as Captain Marvel and renaming and supercharging him with a heavy double dose of mysticism and magic.

“We changed his name [to Shazam] for a lot of reasons,” said Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “One of them is that Shazam is the word most associated with the character, so we just felt it made sense — a lot of people already thought that was his name, anyway.”

With a new origin, a cowl, a lightning bolt on his chest, and a penchant for causing electrical appliances to explode, Shazam still bears similarities to the original hero, including the power to change from feisty teen Billy Batson into a superhero by uttering the magic word that is now his name.

The new Shazam debuts March 27 as a side story in Justice League No. 7.

“His place in the world will be far more rooted in fantasy and magic than it ever was before,” Johns said.

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edit - And here is the post from DC's blog:

The new interpretation of this iconic character will debut in the seventh issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE, the comic book industry’s current bestselling title, in a new ongoing back-up story that will re-imagine the character’s magical origins. Designed and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Gary Frank, SHAZAM! will be written by critically acclaimed writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

“With SHAZAM! Gary and I will be focusing on the magic hero instead of the super hero,” Johns told THE SOURCE. “For centuries, science has ruled the world, but now magic is returning. We’re telling the story of the hero’s young alter ego, Billy Batson, a foster kid at a crossroads in his life. The question is, how does the emotional journey of this troubled teenager collide with the fate of the world? The Rock of Eternity and the legacy of SHAZAM! will be explored in a different way as the extent of Billy’s connection to the magic world around him is greater than ever before. The story will have a profound impact on Justice League later in the year and you’ll see new characters, locations and creatures along with the classics from the SHAZAM! universe. Billy’s friends and enemies will be along for the ride.”

“You’ll notice that SHAZAM! looks different from many of the other heroes we’ve seen in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52,” said editor Brian Cunningham. “That was definitely intentional. His powers come from a different place, and we wanted to see that reflected in the design. We’ve removed the “circus strongman” elements from his costume. Rather than a traditional cape, he wears a cloak with a hood; there’s more of a mystical, magical, fantasy feel to that.”

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What do you guys think about this?

#2 Posted by Billy Batson (57751 posts) - - Show Bio

/Reserved.
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#3 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (12506 posts) - - Show Bio

Not bad. Not very original but not bad

#4 Edited by Supreme Marvel (11264 posts) - - Show Bio

My name now means nothing. :'(

Also, at this point I like the look of the image. But we'll see in time.

#5 Posted by Ms. Omega (4403 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow! Cant wait!

#6 Edited by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks nice. At least the visible parts anyway. Want to see it in action though.

@Supreme Marvel said:

My name now means nothing. :'(

Most people thought you were a Marvel Comics fan anyway because of the name and not Shazam :p

#7 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11264 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

My name now means nothing. :'(

Most people thought you were a Marvel fun anyway :p

I KILL YOU TO DEATH!!!

#8 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

My name now means nothing. :'(

Most people thought you were a Marvel fun anyway :p

I KILL YOU TO DEATH!!!

Calm down Superboy-Prime or else I will call the Flash here :p

#9 Posted by Billy Batson (57751 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL.
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#10 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11264 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

My name now means nothing. :'(

Most people thought you were a Marvel fun anyway :p

I KILL YOU TO DEATH!!!

Calm down Superboy-Prime or else I will call the Flash here :p

I am, Supreme Marvel. Meaning I have power of entities such as Samuel, Haniel, Azrael, Zadkiel, Aztar and Michael. No Kryptionian will stand in my way.

#11 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

My name now means nothing. :'(

Most people thought you were a Marvel fun anyway :p

I KILL YOU TO DEATH!!!

Calm down Superboy-Prime or else I will call the Flash here :p

I am, Supreme Marvel. Meaning I have power of entities such as Samuel, Haniel, Azrael, Zadkiel, Aztar and Michael. No Kryptionian will stand in my way.

lol Stop messing with the acronym :p Anyway you can become a paying member and change it.

#12 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11264 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

My name now means nothing. :'(

Most people thought you were a Marvel fun anyway :p

I KILL YOU TO DEATH!!!

Calm down Superboy-Prime or else I will call the Flash here :p

I am, Supreme Marvel. Meaning I have power of entities such as Samuel, Haniel, Azrael, Zadkiel, Aztar and Michael. No Kryptionian will stand in my way.

lol Stop messing with the acronym :p Anyway you can become a paying member and change it.

That is my power. I created a back story a long while back. But left the site for a while and forgot about it.

#13 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel said:

My name now means nothing. :'(

Most people thought you were a Marvel fun anyway :p

I KILL YOU TO DEATH!!!

Calm down Superboy-Prime or else I will call the Flash here :p

I am, Supreme Marvel. Meaning I have power of entities such as Samuel, Haniel, Azrael, Zadkiel, Aztar and Michael. No Kryptionian will stand in my way.

lol Stop messing with the acronym :p Anyway you can become a paying member and change it.

That is my power. I created a back story a long while back. But left the site for a while and forgot about it.

Lies!!!! Lies!!! Lies!!!! :p

#14 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11264 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24: Nope. Here is a back story for my character, here. I wrote down the first part of a chapter down, here. That's my proof. BOOYAH!

#15 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

@Supreme Marvel: Pffft. You just got lucky this time :p

#16 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11264 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24: I don't believe in luck. Luck believes in me. ;)

I do like the fact this will be a more fantasy driven story.

#17 Posted by Kinasin_ (1141 posts) - - Show Bio

Epic.

#18 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

@Supreme Marvel: So you think Supreme Shazam. So you think :p

Like that too. And really curious to know what they mean when they say curse.

#19 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11264 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24: My initial thought was that the power can be a gift and a curse.

#20 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

@Supreme Marvel: Thought that too. Or maybe that it kills the user or something like this.

#21 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (11067 posts) - - Show Bio

@Supreme Marvel said:

@ComicMan24: My initial thought was that the power can be a gift and a curse.

@ComicMan24 said:

@Supreme Marvel: Thought that too. Or maybe that it kills the user or something like this.

Those were my thoughts too. Or they could pull a fast one and say the gift is the amazing power to become SHAZAM! but the curse is he can never introduce himself (do I sniff a CM3 repeat, people?) No but seriously, I thought the curse could be like the longer he is Shazam, the less his human life span is or he's going to forever be a child in human form and forever an adult in Shazam form. Just some ideas...

#22 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

STILL not convinced...

#23 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio

Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like

#24 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

/Reserved.
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#25 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio

What if the wizard is now named Marvel since Batson is now Shazam?

#26 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32646 posts) - - Show Bio
@Kallarkz said:
Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like
What do you mean? 
#27 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

looks good.

Not sure about the "Feisty teen" part. I always thought Billy was just a little kid/tween.

#28 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

@Kallarkz said:

Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like

Yeah cause, you know Harry Potter is a buff man in a red suit.

#29 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like

Yeah cause, you know Harry Potter is a buff man in a red suit.

so you saw all the movies 2?

#30 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

@Kallarkz said:

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like

Yeah cause, you know Harry Potter is a buff man in a red suit.

so you saw all the movies 2?

Yeah, my favorite scene is when Snape kills Shazam

#31 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like

Yeah cause, you know Harry Potter is a buff man in a red suit.

so you saw all the movies 2?

Yeah, my favorite scene is when Snape kills Shazam

i freaked. was one of those saw it coming but didn't want it to happen moments.

#32 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

@Kallarkz said:

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like

Yeah cause, you know Harry Potter is a buff man in a red suit.

so you saw all the movies 2?

Yeah, my favorite scene is when Snape kills Shazam

i freaked. was one of those saw it coming but didn't want it to happen moments.

I know right, you feel like your right there with Billy watching from the shadows. It was excellently acted though, I was surprised that an immortal century old wizard could do a fake death that well

#33 Posted by PowerHerc (81561 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not digging his cape (or maybe it's a hood now) over his head.

#34 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32646 posts) - - Show Bio

I think they should call the wizard Maurice the Space Cowboy 

#35 Posted by Billy Batson (57751 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

@BlackArmor said:

@Kallarkz said:

Harry potter comes to dc is what this seems like

Yeah cause, you know Harry Potter is a buff man in a red suit.

so you saw all the movies 2?

Yeah, my favorite scene is when Snape kills Shazam

LOL.
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#36 Posted by Funrush (1369 posts) - - Show Bio

Does this mean JL #7 is going to be longer than usual? If so, that's even greater.

#37 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

@ssejllenrad said:

What if the wizard is now named Marvel since Batson is now Shazam?

Best question EVER, I say the wizard's name supposed to be Shazam, right? Now if that's the guy name's, How the hay you call the wizard? or for start... Is there even a wizard?

#38 Posted by Adnan (1037 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53 said:

looks good.

Not sure about the "Feisty teen" part. I always thought Billy was just a little kid/tween.

I think Billy's been a young teenager for a while now, though yeah, he's never really screamed "feisty" to me either.

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