Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Review: Curse Of Shazam, part 4
Cut to the boys' bedroom. Billy sneaks out of the house, and Freddy shadows him. Billy goes to the zoo to talk to a tiger he calls Tawny. Freddy confronts him about this. Freddy admits to stealing Billy's wallet, seeing the picture of Tawny in it, as well as a membership card to a family finders website. Freddy tells Billy he and the others appreciate him decking the Bryer Brothers. Freddy says the Bryers pick on them almost every day. Billy comments he wishes he could get back at them, and Freddy says he knows where they live. Billy gets an evil smile as Tawny roars.
Cut to Baghdad. Sivana, who can now "see" magic, goes to Black Adam's tomb. He is able to read Black Adam was imprisoned there until a being who can destroy him is found, but he can be released with one magic word. Sivana says "Shazam", there is a massive bolt of lightning, and Black Adam emerges from the tomb demanding to know where the Wizard is.
My thoughts: Another well done chapter. Gary Frank's art continues to be top notch. I like the interplay between Billy and Freddy, and I can't wait to see what they have planned for the Bryers. I hope it is something worthy of the classic "Dead End Kids", and not something dumb or commonplace (like egging the front door). We get our first look at Black Adam. Like the new Capt... er, Shazam, he has a Spectre-like hooded cloak. His lightning bolt emblem seems to be much more diagonal than Capt... er, Shazam's. Like Capt... er, Shazam, Black Adam has Wonder Woman style wristbands, a sci-fi style belt, and Greek Olympian type boots. This is where I might start to worry. Geoff Johns has a habit of giving the spotlight to Black Adam, while Captain Marvel remains a background character. Personally, I would have preferred if Black Adam did not appear in this first arc. He could easily have been saved for a second or third year arc. Back in the Fawcett Comics era, Black Adam was just a one-shot character. It was Ibac who was the evil counterpart to Captain Marvel. It would have been very nice to go that route, just to be different from the Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway reboots. But we will see. I give chapter 4 a B-.