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The New Champion of Shazam #1


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.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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