Sunday, April 25, 2010

Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM! #15 - DC

Last issue, Black Adam turned Freddy Freeman into Black Adam Junior. Freddy hates Captain Marvel because he feels that he's responsible for the loss of his legs. Black Adam decides to use that anger against Captain Marvel by giving him another enemy to fight. Really, Black Adam has one goal . . he want to retrieve the Scarab that holds his powers. Back in Egyptian times, when the Wizard took away his powers, he believes that they became engorged in the scarab that was buried with him in his royal tomb. So really, he just wants to delay the Marvels, while he goes back to get his Scarab. There's always been a problem with Captain Marvel and Black Adam though. When they fight, because their powers come from the same source, they can't hurt each other. As Mary Marvel and Black Adam Junior are fighting, they discover that they have the same problem. However, when Black Adam Junior gets mad and decides to hit Captain Marvel, he discovers that he can hurt him. Black Adam is confused by this, but has decided to use it to press the advantage. The issue ends looking like Captain Marvel is on the ropes. But they have to remember, if Black Adam Junior can indeed hurt Captain Marvel, then . . it stands to reason that he should be able to return the 'hurt' in kind. I enjoy this book. I think that Art Baltazar and Franco do a good job with the stories here. I think they keep them pretty true to the original series. And I'm really glad that Mike Norton is now the artist. I think he's done a great job since he's come on board. I know this is supposed to be a kid's book, but I've always enjoyed the SHAZAM! family of characters. So I'm just glad that we've got someplace to get that every month.

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