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Shazam! #9

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

The Captain has thwarted a cadre of space dinosaurs, talked the gods into being reasonable for five little minutes, and managed to look A-OK doing it.

So what’s left?


It’s the fight of the century: THE CAPTAIN VS. THE CREEPER!

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24 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Rife with the campy weirdness that has made the series a pure joy issue to issue, Shazam! #9 is a perfect final issue to Mark Waid’s short lived revamp. The brevity of it is worth the sheer amount of casual repairs and additions that were made for a proper reevaluation of the character’s world, and that remains true in amidst the pure fun of this one-off tale. The stage has now been set for Josie Campbell, and with the groundwork laid as it has been I am incredibly excited to see what she and Emanuela Lupacchino are cooking up for the Shazamily.

    And now that Waid has been freed up, I can also eagerly await that Metamorpho series he so clearly wants to do.

  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Shazam! #9 is an excellent end to Waid’s tenure on the series, setting up the new creative team with a great foundation.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    This is a breezy and easy to enjoy comic. Sometimes they don’t have to be overly intricate. This issue more than gets the job done and was a standout read this week.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    This is Mark Waid’s final issue of “Shazam” (Josie Campbell has been named the new regular writer) but before he heads off into the sunset, he gives us one big yet goofy adventure with The Creeper in tow (Yes he’s back!); Right away, the issue relies heavily on nostalgia but in a fun way that kept the story interesting and you’ll get a chuckle out of the ending (**NO SPOILERS**) The interactions between The Captain and The Creeper were is clever and made for the ultimate odd couple that made this issue enjoyable so while it’s sad that Waid is leaving, be sure that these nine issues serve as the quintessential era for The Captain.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This feels like one of those random team-up issues that Waid used to write in Brave and the Bold way back pre-New 52, which is a strength of his that often doesn’t get acknowledged. Waid knows DC so well that he can basically throw any two characters into any situation and have a compelling read. Can’t wait to see what he’s got planned for the universe next.

  • 88

    Nerd Initiative

    Shazam #9 not only delivers an exhilarating clash between two titans but also delves into the depths of character complexity and narrative intrigue. Mark Waid’s expertly crafted storyline, complemented by the exceptional artwork of Emanuela Lupacchino and the rest of the creative team, elevates this issue to new heights. With its seamless blend of action, emotion, and world-building, Shazam #9 cements its status as a standout addition to the series. As the dust settles on this thrilling confrontation, readers are left eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the saga of the Captain.

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Waid creates a fun and entertaining story in this issue. I continue to enjoy the lighter tone of this series and this issue had some great moments with Creeper and Billy. A fun, funny and inventive issue filled with satisfying moments.

    The Art: Lupacchino delivers some great art in the issue that beautifully captures the visual fun of the story.

  • 80


    Despite its faults, I did like this issue a lot. I just hope we don’t get another issue of treading water before the series big plots get picked back up.

  • 75

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 70

    Before a new creative team arrives on Shazam!, writer Mark Waid introduces Billy Batson to one more often-overlooked DC superhero, The Creeper. Artist Emanuela Lupacchino captures the yellow-tinged maniac’s eccentric manner and outrageous costume in fine fashion on an adventure that maintains the consistently fun tone of Shazam! while showcasing its guest star. The story plays upon another classic supervillain in a train heist that is largely on the rails with few, if any surprises. Nostalgia and simple pleasures drive the issue more than anything else with the only connections to the outstanding relaunch featuring space dinosaurs and angry gods being reminders in dialogue. There are a handful of clever turns in interactions between the innocent Captain and cynical Creeper, and their contrasts make for a pleasantly distracting, if inessential, issue of Shazam!.

  • 68

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Shazam! #9 is a fun little break from DC’s typically morose storytelling for a breezy, one-and-done pairing of The Captain with The Creeper. New readers will find this issue a great jumping-on point to learn about The Creeper, and the art is excellent, but the fight to capture an ethereal villain gets shortchanged in favor of a slow start.

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