Monday, May 31, 2010
Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM! #16 - DC
I think Art Baltazar and Franco do a great job with the stories here. They really give this book a feel that's consistent with it's history. And with Mike Norton coming on board as the penciller, the art is solid and consistent. I still think it's amazing the way that Mike can change his style for the various books that he's been on. Anyways, last issue Black Adam came back . . he's looking for his Scarab, and in the process has turned Freddy Freeman into Black Adam Jr. However, as always, Captain Marvel, Mary, and Tawny are doing everything in their power to stop him. So . . long story short, they all end up back at the Rock of Eternity, where the wizard is keeping the scarab safe. Freddy has started to see just how evil Black Adam is. He's starting to question his powers, but . . he still doesn't trust Captain Marvel. The Marvels have Black Adam on the ropes, but he uses the wizard as a means to escape. While holding him, he extinguishes the flame. So wherever the wizard goes when it's not lit . . he's returned, with Black Adam in tow. And they're afraid to relight the torch because they don't know if that'll bring Black Adam back also. Apparently we're going to proceed in future issues with no Wizard, and no Black Adam. And this mystery will have to be solved at a future date. I like this book. But, it's not quite as 'fun' with Black Adam involved. However, it looks like that won't be a problem . . at least for the next few issues. If you aren't reading this book, you probably just aren't interested. But if I may suggest . . peruse a TPB if you get a chance. I think you may be pleasantly surprised.