Darla is missing!
While Mary was focusing on her duties as the new Shazam, her now-powerless little sister struck out on her own to help solve the mystery of the missing persons in their city.
Now it’s up to our hero to find the true villain before everyone is lost for good.
Little does she know, the key to saving the day awaits her at Fawcett Community College with her mysterious mentor, Dr. G!
You won’t want to miss this shocking finale!
ComicBook.comUnsurprisingly, New Champion of Shazam!'s finale manages to be as delightful and epic as the issues that preceded it. Mary's fight to save her family and town is taken to some profound and entertaining heights, building both an intriguing mystery and a heartfelt character piece in a single swoop. The love that Josie Campbell, Doc Shaner, and company have for Mary and her world is downright infectious, and I hope this isn't the last time we see their brilliant work on this corner of the DCU.
You Don't Read ComicsCampbell has set things in motion for Mary. Her powers may not be terribly new or engaging. The distinct personality of an overachieving college girl in the form of a powerful superhero feels compelling enough. Mary has made quite a bit of progress in four issues. Marys development with the writer will continue. Campbell has one more chapter with Mary this month on January 24th in the one-shot Lazarus Planet: Once We Were Gods. Then Mary and Josie face an even bigger challenge in March as the new back-up feature in Wonder Woman #797.
Geek DadThe short length of this series is its main drawback, as while Mary’s characterization is top-notch, the story is a little rushed. The villains have often been effective at making a point about toxic online behavior, but the main villain has her identity revealed in a way that makes a major change to the Shazam mythos. I may object to this a little just because it contains a massive error about how college tenure works! A college can’t simply vote to revoke a Professor’s tenure because of a horrible family connection! But that detail aside, this final issue allows Mary to truly shine in a way she’s rarely gotten the chance to, and the final pages firmly establish her as a hero to be reckoned with—which makes the ending, setting up an event that might reset the table again, a little disappointment. Campbell will get to tell one more Shazam story in an upcoming Lazarus Planet tie-in, and I hope she has far more to come.
Major SpoilersIn short, The New Champion of Shazam #4 brings surprises, humor, references, and excellent art, with college-age Mary finally taking on the name and mantle that her brother has been carrying since 2011 and making something new and exciting of it, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. The only thing that worries me is a message from Billy that kicks off the next crossover, hinting that her new status quo may be short-lived.
Lyles Movie FilesWriter Josie Campbell keeps the good vibes going with a fun tone and big climactic showdown that feels appropriate for the scope of the story. Campbell does write one back patting moment as if to state Mary wasn’t somehow a legitimate hero until she gained the mantle of Shazam, which misses the entire point of the Marvel Family. It’s a rare misfire in a series that’s generally managed to avoid eye rolling bits of dialogue. Evan ‘Doc ‘ Shaner’s artwork was such a perfect fit for this story. Shaner’s clean classic style fits so smoothly with the tone of this story. Shaner doesn’t skimp on details, but he also doesn’t clutter his panels to the point that it’s hard to make out what’s playing out. While this was always slated for four issues, the ending sets Mary up for further adventures as Shazam as the Lazarus Planet event plays out. Aside from some occasional weird characterization moments this was a fun mini-series and a solid showcase for Mary Marvel.
Comic Book RevolutionJosie Campbell and Evan “Doc” Shaner created a fun conclusion with The New Champion Of SHAZAM #4. Mary Bromfield is put over strong and given a villain that is easy to hate, leading Mary’s arc to be even more satisfying to see her succeed. This all makes you look forward to what is next for Mary’s character in the DC Universe.
The Comicbook DispatchAs much as I’ve always liked Billy Batson’s Shazam, I love Mary Marvel more, and despite a few stumbles this issue, I’ve really enjoyed The New Champion of Shazam! mini-series overall and I hope Mary continues as the flagship Shazam character for a long time.