Wednesday, September 19, 2012
As I said, the story has taken a turn for the worse. Anything and everything good Johns has set up in the previous chapters has been flushed down the toilet with Shazam being portrayed, not just with Billy's personality, but an amplified version of that personality that makes him seem even more childish. It doesn't make sense that Johns would go to the trouble of writing Billy as a semi-realistic troubled teen orphan, just to revert to the same old goofy little kid in an adult superhero body shtick. DC just won't let go of the "Big in tights" concept (Freddy's first suggestion: "let's buy some beer"). At the very least, why can't they go a more subtle route with it? Why does it have to be so over-the-top, and border line lampoonish?
I don't care for Shazam's costume. He uses the hood as kind of a mask, so people won't recognize him as looking like Billy. The boots look like he's wearing white gym socks with sandals. The lightning emblem is lost in an inverted triangle. Gary Frank has a unique take on the Wizard, making him more ethnic, in both his look and attire. One of the biggest disappointments is there does not seem to be any more references to the six elders, Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. I give this disappointing origin chapter a D+.