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Shazam! #13

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

Where in the world is Billy Batson?!

Freddy and Mary hit the road to track down their teenage runaway brother, but little do they know he’s hiding right under their noses… in the subway!

Meanwhile strange new monsters are stalking the streets of Philly. Can Billy still prove he’s hero enough to save the day without the Captain?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Campbell finding a way to get Mary back in action as Mary Marvel without having to undo the plot twists that stripped the powers from the crew was great, although I continue to find the way she’s written – in every single run outside of her solo series by Campbell – to be kind of limited by the status quo that Johns put her in way back when. Mike Norton is a great choice for this series, especially with the reveal of the main villain – he has an old-school edge that’s a lot of fun to see.

  • 90


    At the core of Shazam! #13 rests the understated theme that looking out for others can be quite difficult when you feel you have lost the ability to take care of yourself, but that doesn’t always mean you’ll hesitate to do so. All in all, the focus being turned onto Freddy’s grief and coping mechanisms makes for an effective tool for Campbell in enhancing the authentic emotional spin her writing injects into these characters. And with the intertwining plots that are slowly being set up between Billy, Mary, and Freddy, these developments prove crucial to this new era’s tone and have the potential to lead to some very interesting status quo mix-ups.

  • 85

    Nerd Initiative

    Shazam #13 is a fun and engaging issue that continues Billy Batson’s journey of self-discovery amidst chaos. It’s a delightful read for both new and long-time fans, filled with nostalgic charm and surprises that will leave readers grinning from ear to ear.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Shazam! #13 is another great issue of the nearly flawless Shazam series that shifts the focus over to Mary and Freddy.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The second year of the series begins with a solidly entertaining issue that continues to explore some complexity in a rather large extended cast of characters with a long history that goes all the way back to the Golden Age on this side of the comics page. It’s difficult to find new angles for characters that have been around for as long as the Captain Marvel family, but Campbell and company seem to be doing a pretty good job of maintaining a sense of freshness and originality about it all. While the series DOES seem to suffer a bit from the size of the ensemble, it continues to work quite well.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    No review.

  • 70

    At present it reads like a plot point lacking in motivation, which distracts from the much more understandable (or absurd) problems facing Billy and Mary throughout this issue. There’s no doubt that artist Mike Norton’s creature designs are outstanding with Hoppy and Tawny being the most expressive members of Billy’s family and a design for King Kull that rivals Mike Allred’s best superhero work, which makes inconsistent human expressions and forms less noticeable.

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