It was announced this weekend at New York Comic Con that Geoff Johns will be writing a backup in the new Justice League omniously called The Curse of Shazam. which promises to reluanch the Golden Age Captain Marvel into the newly revamped DC Universe.
My initial reaction was a bit like this:
..but the more I thought about it, the more I'm convincing myself it might work.
Johns did a great job with the Billy Batson character in JSA. The scenes with Billy and Stargirl was some of the nicest teenage romance writing I've seen in DC comics in the last decade.
And while it is typical of fans of the Golden Age Captain Marvel Character to decry any take on the hero that doesn't smack of the lighthearted whimy from the bygone days (myself included) but in Alter Ego 75, noted Fawcett Historian PC Hamerlinck makes an impressive case for updating the character.
One of the accursed judgment calls from the early planning stages of
the revival was that, instead of going with their initial gut instinct to
develop an updated Captain Marvel for the modern 1970s audience—
one that would fit snugly next to a Curt Swan Superman (“Make Way
For Captain Thunder!” in Superman #276, June ’74, reveals that such
an approach would have stood a good chance of succeeding)—DC
chose instead to travel down memory lane. The nostalgia crowd was
going to pull this book … so they thought … and hopefully grab new
readers along the way with a funny, light derivative of the Captain.
(The majority of readers at that time—small children to college
students—had no idea what Shazam! meant or stood for.) The decision
not to mature Cap after all those lost years, but rather to keep him as a
throwback from another era, waiting to be plucked out of “suspended
animation,” ultimately became the foundation that cemented a curse for
The entire article is fantastic, so feel free to wander over to the Twomorrows website to pick up a copy (either in paper or in pdf format)
So, even if the mention of Geoff Johns' name does make me think of comics with people exsploding everywhere, I'm willing to give his new take a try. Even it if can't match the magic of the original Golden Age versions, it may be enjoyable.
With that, I present today's Free Comic - Marvel Family 45!