DC Comics presented their first look at Shazam to the New York Post where we got to see the first image of DC’s New 52 version of the magical superhero, formerly known as Captain Marvel. Up until now the only preview we’ve had of the re-imagined hero are a few pages from The Curse of Shazam that showed a teenage Billy Batson in a magical situation. The story of Shazam will be featured in the back of Justice League, starting with issue 7. Their writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank promise a more magically rooted hero, rather than “super” hero. More on that comes from The Source.
“With SHAZAM! Gary and I will be focusing on the magic hero instead of the super hero,” Johns told THE SOURCE. “For centuries, science has ruled the world, but now magic is returning. We’re telling the story of the hero’s young alter ego, Billy Batson, a foster kid at a crossroads in his life. The question is, how does the emotional journey of this troubled teenager collide with the fate of the world? The Rock of Eternity and the legacy of SHAZAM! will be explored in a different way as the extent of Billy’s connection to the magic world around him is greater than ever before. The story will have a profound impact on Justice League later in the year and you’ll see new characters, locations and creatures along with the classics from the SHAZAM! universe. Billy’s friends and enemies will be along for the ride.”
“You’ll notice that SHAZAM! looks different from many of the other heroes we’ve seen in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52,” said editor Brian Cunningham. “That was definitely intentional. His powers come from a different place, and we wanted to see that reflected in the design. We’ve removed the “circus strongman” elements from his costume. Rather than a traditional cape, he wears a cloak with a hood; there’s more of a mystical, magical, fantasy feel to that.”
Are you a Captain Marvel / Shazam fan? Does the new look agree with you? How about the new heightened emphasis on electrical power? Look forward to the debut of Shazam on March 21st in the back of Issue 7 of Justice league.