The Captain’s side deal with Solomon is proving to be more curse than blessing! Will even his newfound levels of wisdom help him stop the alien dinosaur invaders called The Auditors from unleashing planetary chaos?
Geek DadWaid has done a great job with this run combining the characters of the modern version with the style of the more iconic Silver Age version. I wish he had more time to explore this world—the ending hints at one more big, wacky adventure before Waid departs—but there’s no question that this was the Shazam version that got the most right since well before the New 52.
Comic WatchShazam! #8 concludes its second arc with deep and profound character moments that promise to get built upon in the story down the road.
Lyles Movie FilesIs this the most substantial issue of the run? No, but it’s lighthearted goofy fun. And sometimes that’s more than enough for a good read.
AIPTThe penultimate issue of Waid's Shazam! run takes another engaging turn, pushed by his Dawn of DC campaign to play fast and lose with pre-Crisis sensibilities and concepts, and puts the central character's characterization back in the right place.
RazorfineThe issue offers a couple more confrontations with Black Adam, and one more with Zeus where the fate of the house is settled. Olympian magic returns the home, a bit improved (maybe with a surprise or two for next issue) and Billy and Black Adam, who owns his part in the destruction and backs Billy’s plea to Zeus, are back to a tenuous truce of ignoring each other. Far from friends, at least they aren’t enemies… at least until their next confrontation.
Nerd InitiativeShazam #8 successfully delivers a balance of entertaining storytelling, character development, and visually appealing artwork. The issue remains true to the essence of Shazam’s character while introducing new challenges and maintaining a sense of anticipation for future developments.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Waid does a great job of bringing this fun, silly arc to a close with action, thrills and a lesson for Billy to learn. The story has a great tone for the character and the stakes that he faces. I really enjoyed the humor in the story as well and I like how the story concludes and what it teases for Billy in the future. The Art: Sudzuka delivers some fun art in the issue and the visual style perfectly captures the tone of the story.
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ComicBook.comShazam! #8 continues to slow the series' pacing and style in the second part of "The Captain vs. Black Adam." Both of the problems presented in Shazam! #7—the return of paperwork-obsessed alien dinosaurs and Black Adam's battle at the Batson household—are resolved in its follow up, but in an entirely unsatisfying fashion. Answers seem to present themselves for convenience's sake. No matter how cute Darla's interactions with the aliens may be, they reduce a sub-plot simmering across so many issues to something better suited to a three-panel gag strip. The catastrophe created by Billy in the prior issue is resolved without any intervention on his own behalf and with little investigation of antagonizing figures involved, like Black Adam and Zeus. There's still plenty of fun to be found in these interactions, but contrasted with earlier issues of Shazam!, these past two installments have been largely weightless – running laps while awaiting the next substantial part of the story to arrive. That's additionally disappointing as the absence of artist Dan Mora is felt across a still-colorful series that struggles to depict its grand scale and fast-moving figures with consistent anatomy or detail.
Weird Science DC ComicsShazam! #8 brings the space dinosaur arc to a close with heartwarming silliness, lessons learned, and seeds planted for future problems. That said, the writing and art lack the wit, charm, and fun of the previous issues.