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The New Champion of Shazam! #2 (of 4)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Mary is back home in the City of Brotherly Love.

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
28 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B0B8TCVTS2

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    I knew in my bones that the second issue of The New Champion of Shazam! would be good, but I am still genuinely blown away by the finished product. Josie Campbell’s script effortlessly blends the timeless feeling of the Shazam! family books with a mesmerizing modern flair, making even the most innocuous of sequences so compelling to witness. When coupled with Doc Shaner’s truly excellent art, which contains some of the most distinct facial expressions and action panels I’ve read lately, this second issue could not be more perfect.

  • 100

    First Comics News

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    There are lots of little details that make this series feel special. The rabbits description of advanced tech as mach and not-magic, for example, has a concise idiosyncrasy about it that delivers a whole lot more about Mary and her world than most writers longer exposition usually manages. Marys personal journey feels very deep, even though shes only been going through this particular journey for a couple of issues now. Campbell and company have made quite a lot out of 2 brief issues.

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The New Champion of Shazam! #2 is another fantastic issue of the mini-series that puts Mary through the wringer throughout but gives us some great action scenes and character moments. Highly recommended.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    With only four issues, I was wondering just how this book was going to pull off its story. Now, after this second issue it seems clear—it’s essentially treating each issue as a chapter and a completely different vibe. The first issue was all about Mary leaving home, starting at Vassar, and trying to put her past behind her only to abruptly be given the Shazam powers and a talking rabbit to guide her. But at the end of the issue, she learned her foster parents had gone missing. Now she has to run back home to look after her remaining siblings, switch from Vassar to Fawcett Community College, and try to reconnect with her family. Tensions are high since the Vasquezes disappeared, with Pedro becoming increasingly embittered and Eugene falling in with a toxic crowd at his early-college classes. It’s a much more downbeat issue than the first, and pulls Mary into many of the patterns I was hoping to see her escape.

    That isn’t to say it’s not a great issue, though. Doc Shaner’s art is brilliant as always, and the bonding between Mary and Hoppy is hilarious. Although Hoppy’s nature is kind of ambiguous so far, he’s a great new character. Last issue pitted Mary against a ruthless villain who had been upgraded, and another threat shows up this issue—a kaiju that seems to be controlled by an outside force. These Silver-Age inspired threats provide great visuals, but it seems like there’s a much more modern threat looming in the background—one that delivers a devastating blow to Mary by the end of the issue and may be preying on magic itself. The ending reveals a mystery looming in the background, and a reset for the subject of the third issue as well. This is a highly ambitious comic, one that’s apparently been in the works for a long time, and so far the hard work these creators have put into it is paying off.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    The second installment of Mary Marvel’s solo adventures was a marked improvement on the first issue. While writer Josie Campbell had some early struggles establishing her take on Mary, this issue felt more connected to the Marvel Family dynamic of the previous Shazam run.

    Campbell did a commendable job of making Mary work for future successes. This has been a massive failing of so many modern writers of female heroes. The hero has it all figured out right from the start. Despite her vast experience as a hero, Campbell’s Mary doesn’t have it all figured out and actually hasn’t won a fight in two issues. It’s astonishing how the slightest trace of vulnerability makes a hero far more relatable and interesting.

    Beyond superheroics, Mary has to adjust to a new college status quo while her parents are missing. Her fellow foster siblings are also not exactly appreciating being left out from having powers while Mary has all the abilities of Shazam.

    Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner’s art is gorgeous as always. Mary is a character that benefits from a Silver Age throwback artistic style and few do that better than Shaner.

    Campbell quickly found Mary’s voice while tying in to larger family dynamics. The combination of a tighter script and Shaner’s stellar art is elevating this title to a highly recommended status in two issues. It’s turning into a fun ride for Mary and her family.

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Josie Campbell and Doc Shaner are creating magic with their work on The New Champion Of Shazam. This second issue builds off all the character work done in the first to build greater investment in what is going on around Mary Bromfield in her journey as the new Shazam. The interpersonal relationships and superhero elements all complement each other extremely well. This series is definitely shaping up to be one of the best comic books DC Comics in 2022.

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    My biggest complaint about this issue is the fact that Mary STILL doesn’t have a super-alias of her own, and the issue actually calls it out just to mock me. That said, The New Champion of Shazam #2 once again thrills and entertains, combining excellent art with an above-average story. This comic book feels like a conscious attempt to balance old-school Captain Marvel with post-modern Shazam, resulting in a fusion that I really enjoyed reading.

  • 80

    AIPT

    There’s a game you play in reviewing comics. Let’s call it “How Long ‘Till I’ve Found Out.” It’s where you make a few claims and ponder some questions and then wait to see if you’re proven right or wrong (and the value those outcomes might then provide). Sometimes you wait a couple issues, and other times you never get the answers you’re seeking.

    In the case of The New Champion of Shazam, I only had to wait until issue #2.

    (…)

    Writer Campbell clearly understands the whole TV formula (again, see her experience with the mostly great She-Ra and the Princesses of Power), and she uses some of these tropes — a dumpy community college on an actual highway, a magical talking rabbit, etc. — to create a structure focused on compelling interactions between the cast while wringing the most out of all those robust emotions. This issue doubled down on the comics-TV connection in a way that felt fresh and vital while still ensuring that this remains centered around comics’ weird and very specific glory.

    Similarly, Shaner’s art (alongside letterer Becca Carey) once more shines in this issue. I think the first part of the issue, featuring a great cheesy ad for the college, shows how much the entire aesthetic and design choices here can make this universe feel all the more entertaining and rich in personality. (It also felt like a decision you’d see in the Tom King/Mitch Gerads Mister Miracle or Strange Adventures, and that’s a solid spiritual connection to have made.) But that’s a quick hit of sorts, and the rest of the issue feels like a proper extension of the visual identity forged in #1.

  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The power continues to flow in this issue as Mary Marvel has a lot more on her plate than she previously thought. The art is great and I love the Fawcett Comics callbacks, I just wish that some of the finer points and drama of this story would have been addressed more and that this issue didn’t feel like almost starting over again, but even with that I still found myself having a lot of fun with this issue.

  • 70

    Razorfine

    It’s been a rough couple of days for Mary. Here foster parents have disappeared and she’s left her dream college to return home to foster siblings who seem mostly ambivalent about her return. She’s also got that magic bunny popping in from time to time whose suggestions on she can hear. Enrolling in the nearby community college, Mary hopes to discover what happened to her parents and others who have disappeared.

    Her spirits aren’t improved by a fight with a giant monster and the the three odd shadowy figures who control it. While able to stop the giant flying crocodile thing, Mary doesn’t fare nearly as well against them or the sudden celebrity brought on by the local news. Now halfway through the four-issue mini-series, I’d expect to see our heroine (and her bunny) picking up the pace to discover just what is happening in Fawcett City.

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