When young orphan Billy Batson follows a mysterious stranger
onto the subway, he never imagines he's entering a strange
world of powerful wizards, talking tigers, kid-eating monsters,
giant robots, political intrigue and mysterious villains.
But Billy encounters all that and more when the wizard gives
him a magic word that transforms him into the world's mightiest
mortal. But even with super powers, Billy still has to make
his way in a grown up world. Can Billy find his long lost
sister Mary or foil the evil schemes of Dr. Sivana? Does he
have any hope of defeating Mr. Mind and his Monster Society
The Monster Society of Evil sees
Jeff Smith taking the characters from the SHAZAM! universe
and reinventing them for a more modern audience. I have to
admit to never having been a huge SHAZAM! fan in the
past, I always thought that Captain Marvel was a poor man's
Superman, but this collection really grabbed my imagination.
what's the story? Well, one of Earth's most powerful superheroes
is secretly a young boy able to transform himself into a magical
hero by uttering the word "SHAZAM!" and this tale
takes us back to the stories roots to explain how a young
boy managed to receive his magic powers.
Billy Batson meets a mysterious wizard and is imbued with
incredible powers. He is able to turn himself into a mighty
hero with the wisdom of Solomon (S), strength of Hercules
(H), stamina of Atlas (A), power of Zeus (Z), courage of Achilles
(A) and speed of Mercury (M) - which is where the word SHAZAM!
comes from. But when the Monster Society of Evil strike, and
giant robots threaten the city, will even this amazing array
of abilities be able to save the world?
hardback edition collects the 4-issue mini-series, and really
does the tale justice. Great paper stock is used and you also
get a dust jacket which unfolds to reproduce a large poster
(a quarter of which was originally printed on the back of
each comic book version - so that when placed together they
would make up a much bigger work of art) as well as all four
images from the original comic covers. Fans also get extras
in the way of a sketchbook and production journals that help
to give a little background on this new tale.
the price tag might seem a little on the steep, it's well
worth every penny.