Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The New Champion of Shazam! #3 Review

Words Hurt

Written By: Josie Campbell
Art By: Evan "Doc" Shaner, Becca Carey
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 1, 2022

The power of Shazam! continues this issue with Mary coming to terms with being stuck back in Philadelphia now that she's been chosen as the New Champion of Shazam! and if that wasn't enough, her foster parents have gone missing. Let's jump into this issue and see if Mary has the power to not only find her parents but take care of her brothers and sisters while also trying to live some sort of normal college life. Let's check it out.

For this issue of The New Champion of Shazam!, we see Mary Marvel put her detective hat on to get to the bottom of not only who's behind her parent's disappearance, but other disappearances throughout Philadelphia, and while I'd like to say that this aspect of the story kept me guessing as each of the clues came to light....... It's pretty much right in your face as soon as you get a panel of backstory to a new character in this series. It's still fine though and also the addition of the new villain..... or at least new to me, in the form of "Babel, a character who can actually use his words to hurt you was really compelling. While I would have liked the mystery angle to play a little better, this issue is chock full of Shazam goodness.

One of the big problems for me in this issue, and Shazam as a whole for the last decade is DC constantly playing the game that this family of heroes doesn't have a name and for the most part with the newest members of the family, we don't, but I think it's time to stop poking around the idea of it and actually do something with these characters names because you're really alienating the fans with the way that our former Marvel Family are being handled. That's more of a rant than a review, but the Lady Shazam stuff is just getting a bit stale at this point. Thankfully, an aspect of our hero's past is reintroduced here that gave me a warm feeling, not to mention seeing young Darla choosing to continue to be a hero even without powers, while the rest of her family simply sulks about it.

All in all, this is still an enjoyable issue of this mini-series but the lack of time to really get the story flowing is starting to show as everything has to come to a head here since we only have one issue left. I continue to love to see Mary grow as a character and her need to be her own person outside of her family, while still being the Mary we all know and love.... just someone who's put in a tough spot and trying to deal with it. The art continues to be great throughout and I love the style of Babel's attacks because it makes this character come off as unique. I just really wish we had more time in this series overall and wish that DC would shit or get off the pot with our heroes' names because leaving it open-ended for over a decade just feels like they're making fun of us fans at this point.

Bits and Pieces:

There are some great developments in this issue, I just really wish that there was more time to really flesh out what's going on in this mini-series because everything just comes to a head here simply because it had to. That being said though, the art was great and we get some great callbacks to old Captain Marvel lore, not to mention the villain who uses his words to hurt people.  


1 comment:

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