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Shazam! #12

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

Billy and the Captain have always made a great team…so why is the Captain keeping secrets from him? Darla discovers the Captain has the ability to transform without Billy knowing, but why now? What is it that the Captain doesn’t want him to know? The answer will not only impact the adoption plans…but the future of Billy’s existence!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
30 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Overall, this series is an absolute blast, even if both writing teams struggled a bit with balancing what’s a huge cast filled with intriguing characters. Here’s hoping that Campbell gets to continue building on everything that’s been set up here.

  • 90


    Packed with twists that lead us to one of the strongest cliffhangers this volume has seen so far, Shazam! #12 is an emotionally charged tale that recognizes the value as well as the complications that can come with deeply ingrained self-reliance. On the outside, it is easy to use an alter ego to represent an internal conflict, but it is handled here in such a way that it doesn’t cheaply trivialize the Captain’s side of things. Even if he is becoming his own person, he is part of Billy regardless and now reflects deeper questions and sacrifices that Billy must come to terms with. As usual, I eagerly await what’s in store for the Big Red Cheese…and Billy.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Shazam! #12 is an amazing end to the first arc for this new creative team, showcasing some of the best executed retcons in recent memory.

  • 88

    Nerd Initiative

    Shazam #12 is a powerful issue that combines strong writing, innovative art, and vibrant colors to deliver an emotional and visually stunning story. The creative team’s ability to convey deep emotional conflicts and their impact on family dynamics is commendable, making this issue a must-read for fans of the series.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    The final effect of Shazam! #12 is mostly positive, taking what felt like sinister machinations by the Big Red Cheese and making it clear that Cap just saw things that Billy (and by extension, readers) were not privy to, combined with strong art and a good use of the supporting cast. Given that the title no longer refers to a specific hero, and that Mary Marvel is once again using her amazing nom de guerre, it’s my contention that there’s no rush in bringing back Master Batson and The Captain immediately.

  • 80


    In an ending I’ll admit I didn’t see coming, the Captain saves the day but his fate, and the fate of Billy, is left up in the air. Just where have they, and the Rock of Eternity, disappeared to? The reveal of where the Captain goes when not being summoned is also an interesting idea that might be worth exploring more. I’ll be curious to see if Mary takes the lead for this new arc… although there is another hero just waiting to get his chance.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    No review.

  • 76

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Campbell does a wonderful job of ramping up tension throughout this arc. There are some heavy concepts within it and some great psychological moments for Billy. I like seeing the two halves of the character in conflict and how the events of the arc have shaped the drama and danger to come.

    Norton and Luppacchino deliver some great art in the issue. I really enjoyed the visual styles separately, but they didn’t really mesh together thematically as one was starker than the other.

  • 68

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Shazam #12 sends readers on an emotional rollercoaster as Billy uncovers secrets kept to protect him, which could destroy all reality if he learns the truth. Campbell successfully crafts a script with momentum and emotional stakes, albeit riddled with plot holes, and the art is a noticeable improvement over the previous issue.

  • 60

    The mortal portion of the story in Shazam! #12 delivers some effective emotional story beats following the return of Billy Batson’s mother to his life. Her house holds secrets but the series opts to deliver the sort of twists that make dramatic sense for an adolescent boy as opposed to an invulnerable superhero. Unfortunately for Billy he is tied to the supernatural world, which is also going haywire as a result. It’s here the issue struggles as the exact nature of the Rock of Eternity’s magic is largely defined as it goes with no clear expectations or stakes until they are necessary. The appearance of various monsters (enough to potentially populate a society) around the Batson residence offer little additional excitement as they are largely disconnected from the series’ characters with appearances that fail to instill much tension. It’s a colorful encounter built around a grounded and sympathetic adolescent experience, but the most interesting question raised in this issue is: What happens next?

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