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Shazam! #4

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Universal acclaim

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Shadiness. Hatefulness. Arrogance. Zeal. Anger. Malice. These are the new powers of Shazam-and if Billy doesn’t find a way to get them under control, the lives of everyone around him will be forever destroyed!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Shazam might not be the most high stakes book at DC but it doesn’t insult readers’ intelligence or deride them for enjoying these characters. This is definitely a top-tier DC title now and well worth picking up.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Shazam #4 is a whirlwind of chaos and fun. Each issue of this series brings a different set of circumstances that serve as possibilities to be messed with even further by the gods. Every time a Shazam book is opened, the adventure has evolved completely. This is the second part of the situation with the gorillas, but it is entirely fresh and a new set of surroundings. All that happens around a main plot thread that has run through the comic from the start. This is a creative team that excels at making exciting comics that all ages can enjoy.

  • 90

    Reading a plot synopsis of Shazam! #4 would read even some seasoned comic book readers with their jaws agape, but the blend of capricious gods, gorilla militias, dinosaur bureaucrats, and various alien emperors combined with a ragtag crew of child heroes is perfectly stated on the page. The absolutely outrageous collection of characters and concepts cohere like the most whimsical of all ages adventures – a perfect expression of Silver Age wonder through a modern lens. Dan Mora makes wonderful use of zipatone effects to texture his work, providing both a retro sensibility and splendid sound effects. His design work and overall approach prove perfect for Shazam!’s tone as each character emerges on the page fully formed, whether they be a bloviating dictator of not-much or a cold, but alluring dominator of wills. They allow the many elements to quickly interact and develop a narrative that constantly creates new fires for every frying pan escaped. Shazam! is simply a joy to read and issue #4 suggests that won’t change anytime soon.

  • 90


    o we’ve not got Billy afraid to turn back into the Captain on the moon in the middle of a war between the militant apes and the soldiers of Garguaz and the would-be Queen of the Universe Zazzala who uses her powers to bend others to her will. And to make matters worse, Billy’s about to be lost in space (literally). Bonkers, just bonkers. Give me more!

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Waid continues to craft an entertaining and lively story for the Captain in this issue. There are great moments of humor throughout the issue and I love the tone of this series. The action is great and everything that is building for Billy and his siblings continues to be engaging and interesting enough to keep me reading on.

    The Art: Dan Mora’s art is beautifully detailed and visually complex. There are some truly fantastic images that are exciting to see.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    This is still a version of Shazam very much inspired by the New 52 version, but somehow it feels different. It’s clear Waid and Mora are heavily inspired by the characters original fantastical world, and the more they bring that sensibility to the DCU, the better.

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Shazam! #4 is a weird, wiley, wacky issue that’s tons of fun but takes itself seriously enough to deliver an exciting adventure. Waid’s homage to Silver Age storytelling is on-point, and Mora’s art is perfect.

  • 83

    Major Spoilers

    The major caveat for me about Shazam! #4 is that we just finished a limited series with Mary as the new champion of Shazam, something that this series just glosses over, but the strength of the action, humor, and most of all, Mora’s art, make this one worth checking out even if you have the same revamp whiplash that I have. For my money, just the fact that Billy finally has a superhero nom de guerre that he can SAY makes this worth checking out, even if they’re clearly playing cutesy with the fact that his name was once the now-seemingly-forbidden “Captain Marvel.”

  • 83

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 81

    Multiversity Comics

    It’s a really fun take on the character that allows the book to keep the light tone but also weaponize its humor. When the Captain (ugh, I’ll never get used to this) is talking with Queen Bee, through Dan Mora’s expressive facial expressions, Billy lose control and the gods take over. It’s not quite a Two-Face split-personality situation, but there’s a real sense of Billy and the gods playing tug of war over the Captain’s words. Mora is able to strike just the right tone with this, too. His ‘flirty Captain’ is so over the top, oozing machismo and clearly thinking with his little Captain. You can tell instantly who is in charge by the posture, the position of his hands, and the dumb look on his face.

  • 80


    Regardless, the ambitions of Waid and Mora continue to shine through with several concepts at work that channel the best aspects of their creative sensibilities. Delightfully fast-paced and clever, there’s action at which to marvel, laughs to be had, hearts to be broken, and absurdity just for the fun of it. All in all, Shazam! #4 has just enough variety and more than enough talent to keep any superhero comic fan at the edge of their seat. No matter where this story goes, I’ll certainly be there for it.

  • 80

    First Comics News

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