Writer: Josie Campbell

Artist: Evan “Doc” Shaner

Colorist: Evan “Doc” Shaner

what’s it about?

Mary Bromfield has always struggled to determine who she is outside her family…kinda hard to do when you’re all superheroes! Now, after Billy Batson’s heroic sacrifice, the power of Shazam has vanished, and she’s been left powerless. Most heroes would be distraught, but not Mary. It’s finally time for a voyage of self-discovery as she prepares for her freshman year of college and a civilian life. But nothing is ever truly normal for this young hero, because she’s just been chosen as the new champion of Shazam! (At least according to a talking rabbit sent by her estranged brother Billy.) Will she embrace the power? Or will it die along with this world’s hope of survival against the mysterious magical forces waiting to take control? Find out in Mary’s first solo miniseries, brought to you by up-and-coming comics writer Josie Campbell (Future State: Green Lantern) and fan-favorite Shazam artist Evan Doc Shaner (Strange Adventures, Convergence: Shazam!)!

The Good

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!

The Bad

I can picture a lot of people complaining already about the quirkiness of this book. Sure there are some moments that will make you question logic; like when Mary transforms in front of a bank full of civilians. This isn’t one of those books designed to fit into continuity, it’s designed to be a fun romp and to hopefully establish Mary as one DC’s major players, something long overdue. The only downside is that this series is a miniseries. I am anxious to see what DC will do with a fully powered Mary (as opposed to sharing her powers with the family).

VERDICT: 8.5

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