I’m glad that DC is finally giving members of the Shazam family a chance to shine. Although it would historically make sense for Freddy Freeman to inherit the title of Shazam over Mary, the Freddy we have in the DC Rebirth Universe is not a compelling character. Mary, on the other hand, is better suited for the role. Mary may be the star of the book but the real star is the artwork of Doc Shaner. Every character is rendered with precision and detail. The action sequences really pop.
This series clearly leans towards a younger demographic than I but Campbell’s writing is something that anyone, at any age, will enjoy. With Mary moving hours from home to start college this book feels like the pilot of a new spin off series. Campbell and Shaner do an amazing ob taking a young person endowed with the powers of several gods and making it somehow relatable and fun. Also, Hoppy the Marvel Bunny is along for the ride!