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Shazam! #7

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

The match you’ve been waiting for: the Captain versus Black Adam! Who will wield the thunder…and who will ultimately be crowned the Champion of Shazam?!

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29 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Shazam! #7 starts a new, fun, and well planned out story arc while shifting the art team in a delightfully poignant way.

  • 90


    With words and art that complement each with respect to their whimsy and weight, the start of this new arc shifts gears in this revamp of the Captain’s past and present without straying away from what has already made the run appealing.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This continues to be another example of why Waid has risen so fast and far since his return to DC.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    It’s never a great thing when a critically acclaimed artist departs a title. Dan Mora was just as responsible for the success (maybe more so?) of this new Shazam run as writer Mark Waid. But DC finds a solid successor with Goran Suduka, whose style doesn’t channel Mora while delivering art that looks appreciably similar to vintage Captain Marvel stories.

  • 90


    s what his clash has wrought which will play into the events of the next issue. Oh, and it doesn’t appear that the Galactic Auditors have been satisfied just yet either (well… most of them).

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    As things change in Billy and The Captain’s life, Shazam #7 makes the most of it, for humor, for drama, and for the exhibition of some really excellent storytelling. It’s nice to see them breaking some new ground with Billy and company, but it’s even nicer to see that new take utilizing and referencing the older ones so well.

  • 85

    Nerd Initiative

    Shazam #7 successfully balances humor, nostalgia, and action, making it a must-read issue! The creative team’s collective efforts shine, promising an exciting continuation of this epic clash between the Captain and Black Adam.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Shazam! #7 cranks up the silliness as Billy Batson gets tripped up by one wild development after another. The artist changeover to Suduka ensures the series is in good artistic hands, and Waid’s story pulls no punches in terms of Silver Age inspiration.

  • 70

    Shazam! #7 slows down with the departure of artist Dan Mora from the series and focuses primarily on the paperwork-obsessed dinosaurs from outer space. Even the inclusion of Black Adam struggles to make the events of this issue as thrilling as those preceding it, especially when much of Black Adam’s contributions are a boilerplate introduction of his abilities and role. That dull expository approach centered on what has primarily been a comedic gag makes the issue seem somewhat light on ideas. And while artist Goran Sudžuka delivers a number of excellent panels, including an impressively designed opening splash, much of the work on the page lies flat especially when complemented by the limited color palette found here. Sequences of mystical bank heists and dinosaurs in space lake the richness and depth that made the Silver Age tone of prior issues so appealing, and so Shazam! #7 falls a bit flat.

  • 68

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Waid creates an entertaining story in this issue. There are some fun moments and I continue to enjoy the evolution of Billy as a character. At the same time, the story felt a little too silly much of the time. I understand this part of the arc is supposed to be lighter, but it sacrifices more compelling moments to do it with to the detriment of the character.

    The Art: Sudzuka’s art is fun and lively, but the visual style is almost too perfect for the lighter tone of the story and because the story is lacking, the art feels lacking as well, especially in depth.

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