Review: ‘Darkseid War: Shazam’ #1
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Scott Kolins
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo, Jr
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
Okay, Death Battle fanboys, you’re going to eat this issue up for some time to come. Just like Japan has brushed aside Goku for One Punch Man, it looks like we have also. Stand aside Superman, go wash your t-shirt or something. Get ready for Shazam: God of Gods!
For those that haven’t been keeping up with Darkseid War here’s a major spoiler warning: Darkseid is dead. This sounds like a good thing, but several members have been upgraded to New Gods. So far it seems like th4 more power they have gain the less humanity they seem to possess. However when Shazam was upgraded he bolted out so fast we didn’t know what happened to him. That’s where this story picks up. Darkseid’s death sent out a shockwave throughout the universe which cut off his connection to the six gods that give him his power. He’s also trapped behind the Source Wall, something no living being has ever escaped. The dead Wizard who gave him powers turns out to be not so dead and is gathering other gods to return Billy’s power. He doesn’t have much time, because the ancient evil that’s also trapped behind the Source Wall is trying to steal Shazam power for himself.
Gotta admit, I really liked this story. I do hate how Yuga Khan turned out to be just a jobber. It would have been nice to have them face off against him again since they gave him such a dramatic buildup. The whole thing even felt like a Final Fantasy boss fight based on the outcome of the battle. I did a little Googling after I read the last page, and the gods that replaced the Greek Pantheon that give Billy his powers are from everywhere. Some of them are DC New Gods, some are still Greek, and one is an Aboriginal myth? The book also reinforces while Billy Batson was chosen. He was powerless through most of the book, and some of the things he was shown would soil any other 12 year old’s pants.
Now if I’m reading this correctly it looks like Shazam no longer can fly or has super speed. If that’s the case it may sound like I’m contradicting myself. With the power he just received, he may not need it. Of the new powers he gains, the most notable one is manipulation of The Source. Even his strength from Hercules was laughed at by the New God who gives him his strentgh now. Hardcore DC fans know what The Source is, which is basically the power of God, or whatever the closest thing to God is in the DCU.
That’s how I know this is just a temporary power change. This makes him extremely OP, and no way they can have someone like this walking around. In the meantime, I’m sure the writers are thinking of fun stories to write with him. It’s funny that if this version of Shazam was around during the Darksied War the entire saga would have been a few pages instead of an event. I guess that’s the whole point of being called God of Gods?