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The New Champion of Shazam! #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 18 critic ratings.

Mary Broomfield has always struggled to determine who she is outside her family…kinda hard to do when you’re all superheroes! Now, after Billy Batson’s heroic sacrifice, the power of Shazam has vanished, and she’s been left powerless. Most heroes would be distraught, but not Mary. It’s finally time for a voyage of self-discovery as she prepares for her freshman year of college and a civilian life. But nothing is ever truly normal for this young hero, because she’s just been chosen as the new champion of Shazam! (At least according to a talking rabbit sent by her estranged brother Billy.) Will she embrace the power? Or will it die along with this world’s hope of survival against the mysterious magical forces waiting to take control? Find out in Mary’s first solo miniseries brought to you by up-and-coming comics writer Josie Campbell (Future State: Green Lantern) and fan-favorite Shazam artist Evan “Doc” Shaner (Strange Adventures, Convergence: Shazam!)!

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30 pages
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18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    New Champion of Shazam #1 delivers a fantastic premiere issue for a promising mini-series. It has a wonderful retro feel but gives a modern take on Mary and a new direction in life. New supporting characters are added and the issue ends with a great cliffhanger and hints at a new threat to come. Highly recommended.
  • 100

    The New Champion of Shazam! #1 isn't just one of the best Shazam! family stories that DC has published in a long while – it's easily one of the best books in DC's main continuity in 2022. This week's debut issue is truly effortless in its concept and execution, giving Mary Marvel a new chance to shine that feels long overdue, but still profoundly satisfying and surprising. Every single component, from Josie Campbell's clever script to Doc Shaner's stellar art and colors, is overflowing with charisma without ever veering towards pretentiousness. If you've followed the Shazam! family for decades, or if you've never picked up one of their books before, you'll undoubtedly find something to love in this issue.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    The New Champion of Shazam #1 brilliantly puts a new member of the family in the spotlight. Mary gets the chance to make that name her own, and from the first issue she appear worthy already. Both sides of her life are wonderful to explore, from the new chapter of her education to suddenly being the sole bearer of power. Those that have come before haven’t been abandoned or forgotten, instead using them to enrich Mary’s story. Family follows you wherever you want to go.
  • 100


    The New Champion of Shazam is a breath of fresh air in a musty room. This is the kind of book DC Comics should be publishing more of, instead of endless Bat-books and repetitive event comics. If you liked the Shazam! movie and are anxiously awaiting Fury of the Gods, this will do a fine job of tiding you over until then.
  • 100

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 100

    First Comics News

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Campbell and Shaner have delivered an appealing introduction. Mary is defined with a novel perspective that could really turn into something special. With the right pacing, a four-issue series could put Mary through Freshman year. Subsequent series with the same creative team could see Mary making it through the rest of her undergraduate years in sixteen issues over the course of the next four Autumns. Odds are totally against this happening, but Campbell and Shaner have delivered an interesting enough opening that its easy to want a longer run with the character than the four issues that the cover promises.
  • 95


    The greatest magical champion of the DC Universe returns. The debut issue brings Mary back into the spotlight with an excellent plot and absolutely exceptional art. This is what the Champions of Magic need to be at the forefront of the DCU again.
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    I was always going to be a hard sell for this series, simply because I’ve never vibed with this version of Mary Marvel. The reboot changed her from Billy’s twin sister and his closest confidant to the oldest of a group of five adopted kids, who spent most of her time trying to wrangle them and be the responsible one. The overall changes to the franchise had their plus, but Mary was the one whose character struggled the most because of them. But this series is sort of a second chance on that front, both in and out of the story. Mary’s headed for college, only a few months after Billy locked himself away in the Rock of Eternity and the power of Shazam went away, and she’s determined to make the most of this new start. So she says goodbye to her foster parents and heads to Vassar, where she gives herself a new name of Marina, meets up with two roommates—one of whom has a bunny named Hoppy—and tries to settle into normal life and not give away her connections to anything strange. A flashback at the start of the issue pulls the reason she’s so determined about this into heartbreaking focus. And it seems to be going well—until Hoppy sneaks into her bag and starts speaking to her in the middle of freshman orientation. It’s weird and embarrassing—and making it worse, he was sent by Billy and wants her to take on the mantle of Shazam once more. She’s not enthusiastic about this… so Hoppy takes matters into his own hands. Mary’s trial by fire—or bunny—pits her against a new villain named Disaster Master, who seems to be nothing more than a destructive and cruel idiot and makes a good starter villain as she’s thrown back into the hero game against her will. The action is good, but this series wouldn’t work nearly as well without the creative team. Shaner, as always, is a legend. The art seems a little more painted, a little less old-school than usually but no less beautiful. Josie Campbell is new to comics, I think, but the former She-Ra writer shows an incredible handle on dialogue and fits in seamlessly with the new format. This four-issue miniseries has been a long time in coming, but it might be the best new Shazam content in ages.
  • 85

    Sequential Planet

    The New Champion of Shazam! #1 is a strong start to Mary's miniseries. It's full of heart and plays with multiple genres. Fans who want a little more slice of life in their comics or just want to marvel at Shaner's exceptional art will want to pick this one up.
  • 85

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    The New Champion of Shazam! #1 is a very good start to this new series starring Mary Bromfield. Josie Campbell maximizes the page count to introduce and develop the world and supporting cast around Mary. It all made Mary as the lead character more compelling as she has both personal and superhero arcs built around her. Add in the phenomenal, can't miss artwork by Evan "Doc Shaner and you have a comic book that is a great jumping on point for anyone looking for a new superhero story to read.
  • 83

    Major Spoilers

    My biggest issue with post-Flashpoint Shazam has been the need to deal with tons of continuity and a huge cast of characters, much of which predates the New 52. The New Champion of Shazam #1 sidesteps that problem with deft scripting and self-deprecating narration by Mary, which combined with Shaner’s art finally feels like the clean start that the mythos needs. I’m not sure how long Mary will be the new champion, but I’m glad I gave this book a chance and I hope you will, too.
  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    You don't need the wisdom of Solomon to realize that with this first issue DC Comics needs to give the fans out there a proper ongoing series because while I did want to know more about what's been going on with the powers of Shazam! and how this deals with what we saw in Teen Titans Academy, we did get a solid look at Mary Bromfield's newest adventure and gave us a compelling beginning to how Mary will deal with being the new champion, while also just wanting to live her life outside of the powers that have defined her in the past. We've got great art and a fun story that I can't wait to get back to next month.
  • 70


    I get that most fans only get to read single issues and then decide if they’re on board or not. But one of the upsides of being a writer is that we often get to talk to the creators around the same time — that conversation often informs if a book lands or belly-flops in the shallow end. (Another writer upside? Having an acceptable place to behave pretentiously.) In the case of The New Champion of Shazam, my chat with writer Josie Campbell and artist Doc Shaner made a fun book feel all the more important and compelling. (...) In a lot of ways, I think the thing I liked most about this book thus far is the Campbell-Shaner connection. Their collaboration, as well as their individual love and admiration for the entire Shazam Family, made this book feel truly special. Are bigger things bound to happen in #2 and beyond? Yeah, and in that sense, issue #1 was a mere appetizer of sorts. But it was also still so much more, and #1 did some impressive things from a storyline and design perspective that easily paves the way for a genuinely great story. Even if you can’t talk with the duo yourself, their collective message is pretty clear: prepare yourself for a warm slice of pure comics magic.
  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    She-Ra and the Princesses of Power story editor Josie Campbell crafts this new take on Mary Marvel. Campbell opts to make her version of Mary more accessible to the mythical scores of new readers instead of longtime Mary Marvel fans. Upon starting her freshman year of college, Campbell’s Mary is so flustered at her “cool“ new roommates that she calls herself Marina. Admittedly, Mary’s roommates seem like serious overachievers and at least smart enough her name isn’t actually Marina. Mary’s opinion of herself also doesn’t really feel true to her other appearances in the Rebirth/Infinite Frontier era. With Billy Batson unable to remain Shazam he opts to appoint Mary as Earth’s new champion. This defeats the purpose of building up the Marvel Family, the same superpowered family unit that will be prominently featured in Shazam: Fury of the Gods. Maybe those new readers would be enticed by a book featuring the Marvel Family they see in the movie? Just a thought. Aside from those issues, Campbell’s script is serviceable. This is a four-issue mini-series so Campbell doesn’t need to make it too complex. Campbell works in a fun manner to incorporate another member of the Marvel Family. Evan ‘Doc’ Shaker’s art is a treat as always providing a classic throwback style that works well with a character like Mary. Mary’s inner dialogue might be jarring and slightly out of character for longtime fans and the solo Marvel Family member feels like a bad editorial decision. Campbell is game to make this a breezy mini-series and Shaner’s art helps put any major concerns to rest.
  • 70


    It may not be the Hoppy I want (c'mon DC, strike him with lightning already!), but the comic does make use of a talking rabbit from the Rock of Eternity to get Mary back into the super-hero gig, whether she wants to or not. No longer sharing the magic with the rest of the family, Mary has been given the full power of the wizard which she uses to stop a bank robbery (before, again, attempting to decline the gift). There's still trouble in the world, including some back home she will need to investigate. Seems like Mary's plans of easing into her new life at college isn't going to go exactly as planned.
  • 70

    Zona Negativa

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