Thursday, June 28, 2012

(Late) NB of the Week

Justice League #10 - The Villain's Journey: Chapter Two
Justice League has it's ups and downs since DC's relaunch. For the most part, it's been a good series. Geoff Johns has been writing some pretty steady stuff and Jim Lee (with a few scheduled fillers) has been pretty consistent on art. This second story, which introduces a new villain (as they have been trying in practically every title) is pretty much more of them same: decent comic telling. However, this issue is also part four of the backup story from Johns and artist Gary Frank re-imagining Shazam for the new DCU. As we have been meeting young, orphan Billy Batson and his journey into foster care, we have also been following Doctor Sivana as he tries to uncover the magic that can save his family. After finding the tomb of Black Adam, Sivana was struck by lightning, giving him the ability to see magic with one of his eyes (cooler than I make it sound). With that vision, he is able to see the inscriptions that tell how to awaken Black Adam. All it takes is one word: "Shazam!" and we are given the single best moment of the week:

Gary Frank has shown in this page why he is the perfect man to draw the new versions of the Marvel family. And in one page, Black Adam looks to be the baddest of the bad in the new DCU. This is a piece that deserves to be framed and hung on a wall. I'm actually more excited for this than I have been for the main Justice League stories. I don't know how things are gonna be collected from this one but picking up the Shazam story is looking to be money well spent.

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