Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Review: Curse Of Shazam, part 1
We are then introduced to Dr Sivana, who has been keeping track of all this. Sivana, in this new take, is not a short, scrawny elderly gent, but appears to be youngish, tall, and muscular. For some reason he reminds me of the modern version of Professor Hugo Strange. We get a recap of Black Adam from Sivana, who figures the current abductions are tied into this legend, and we learn Sivana has spent his life trying to save his family. Well, at least he's not a millionaire businessman copy-cat of Luthor.
Cut to Philadelphia, seven months later (no more Fawcett City?). We meet Billy, at an orphanage, who is being interviewed by prospective foster parents, the Vasquezes. Billy seems very polite, and the Vasquezes mention they have other foster kids (Freddy Freeman, perhaps?). But as soon as the Vasquezes agree to take Billy and leave, we see Billy's true colors. He's a jerk. He's a trouble maker.
Then there is a full page shot of Captain Mar... er, Shazam as a teaser for the next chapter.
My thoughts: The script was well written, and kept my interest. The art was also good, but some choices in the character design are questionable, such as Sivana now being a big burly guy, and I'm not too fond of the rather dorky hoody Captain Mar... er, Shazam now sports. As for Billy being a jerk and only pretending to be a nice kid... well, we'll just have to see how that plays out. It's too early to tell. Overall, I would grade this first chapter a B-.