Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Shazam! #7 Review


Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Goran Sudžuka
Colors by: Ive Svorcina
Letters by: Troy Peteri
Cover art by: Dan Mora (cover A)
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: January 2, 2024

Shazam! #7 gives Billy Batson good news and bad news when his adoptive parents purchase a nifty new home they can only afford if they sell the old house Black Adam just destroyed. Oopsie!
Is Shazam! #7 Good?

Talk about a rollercoaster of a day. In Shazam! #7, those pesky accounting dinosaurs from another planet show up to give Billy Batson a hard time, but things go from bad to worse in Mark Waid's latest entry in the Silver Age-inspired series.

When last we left Billy Batson, aka The Captain, he received a wisdom upgrade from Solomon, which helped him to talk the Greek gods out of manipulating the Captain's powers to reassert their representation over humanity. The Shazamily hasn't been restored to its former glory, but Billy is certainly wiser/smarter for the experience.

Now, a squad of galactic dinos shows up to find out what happened to Mr. Dinosaur (now busy reorganizing the Rock of Eternity), crosses paths with Black Adam after inadvertently violating Kahndaq airspace, and Billy's amazing news about a new house gets scuttled when Black Adam's quest for vengeance gets out of hand.

Readers who've followed the series will immediately notice a difference in art. Goran Sudžuka steps in for Dan Mora, at least for the arc, if not permanently. There's no word on when or if Mora will return to the title, but Goran Sudžuka turns in excellent work for the cover price, so the series is in good hands.

What's great about Shazam! #7? The Silver Age-inspired shenanigans are in full effect as Billy keeps getting tripped up by one happenstance after another. Yes, you could say a quick fight against Bizarro Shazam, followed by a three-way conflict against Black Adam and a gang of intergalactic T-Rexs is ridiculous, but that's the point. Waid knows what kind of story this is meant to be and leans in hard.

What's not so great about Shazam! #7? The situations are certainly brimming with Silver Age silliness, but this issue didn't feel quite as fun as the previous six. It could be the artist changeover lacks those subtle touches Mora excels at delivering, or it could be something in the writing. Either way, the fun is a little lacking.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Shazam! #7 cranks up the silliness as Billy Batson gets tripped up by one wild development after another. The artist changeover to Sudžuka ensures the series is in good artistic hands, and Waid's story pulls no punches in terms of Silver Age inspiration.


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