Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Shazam! #13 Review

Pick On Someone Your Own Size!

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Dale Eaglesham, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

It's the beginning of the end for our Mightiest Mortal and his Family of Champions.  In our previous, previous issue we saw that Billy Batson's father, CC was being controlled by Mr. Mind and that the diabolical worm had brought forth his Monster Society of Evil to take on our Shazam! Family.  Can our heroes take on this new threat, while also dealing with what further plans Mr. Mind might have?  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Mr. Mind's power seems absolute this issue because not only does he have his Monster Society, that outnumbers our heroes with members from all over the Magical Lands that include, Dr. Sivana, The Wicked Witch of the West, Jeepers, King Kull, Mr. Merry-Go-Round, Evil Eye, The Crocodile Men, Mr. Atom, The Red Queen, Scape Goat and Black Adam, but we're without the power of the resurrected Wizard and it seems that because of Billy's biological connection to his father, not to mention the love aspect, he won't be able to take the power away from him....... meaning, Mr. Mind can't have the power of the Seventh Champion removed.  

This issue is a big ass fight scene, which is made amazing because of the beautiful art of Dale Eaglesham, who thankfully, does the entire issue this month and I'm so happy because things look fantastic all the way through here.  Things beyond the fight get perilous though when our Champion is forced to unlock the barriers to the Magiclands, bringing all the worlds converging together so that Mr. Mind can declare himself the ruler of all.  Don't worry though folks.  Billy still has an ace up his sleeve and plans on personally giving Mr. Mind a knuckle sandwich.

All in all, like I said, the art in this issue is amazing and some of the best that DC Comics has to offer right now and the story isn't short on amazing either as the stakes keep getting raised throughout this issue as we move towards the finale of Geoff Johns' story.  The only real problems that I have in this issue are that some of the reveals and big "wow" moments do feel out of nowhere at times and I wish that we could actually take some time to really see and know all the Monster Society of Evil members.  Beyond that though, I'm already strapped in for what's to come next issue because I need to know how all of this is going to be resolved and how much Superboy Prime's going to have to do with it.

Bits and Pieces:

Shazam! continues to be an amazing series as we move towards Geoff Johns' finale to his run and best of all, Dale Eaglesham is on art the entire issue this time around and you can never go wrong with that.  As for the story, the stakes keep getting raised as Mr. Mind's plan is thrown out there and I'm beyond curious to know how Superboy Prime will be a part of this huge battle that's taking place in the City of Brotherly Love.


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