Shazam! The Monster Society Of Evil

November 12, 2007 | Trades


Shazam! The Monster Society Of Evil
Jeff Smith
DC Comics
$36.99/$29.99 US (Hardcover)
**** 1/2 (out of five)

Jeff Smith’s epic series, Bone, is one of the greatest self-published comics of all time.
It took Smith 14 years and 55 issues to tell the sprawling tale of three cousins lost in a strange land and the amazing adventures they have in protecting their new home from the rising forces of darkness.
Bone has gone on to sell untold thousands, if not millions, of comics and collected editions.
So to say Smith could pretty much call his shot on his next project is an understatement.
And so he turned his creative gifts to one of his first loves, DC Comics’ Captain Marvel, taking readers back to the character’s beginnings — to when young orphan boy Billy Batson first met the wizard Merlin and was given the magic word SHAZAM! that would transform him in the world’s mightiest mortal.
But more than just regurgitating the hero’s origins, Smith presents a story full of sweeping emotion and epic grandeur and takes this simple concept of boy becomes hero and elevates it to a new level.
Fans of Bone won’t want to miss the unmistakable charm of Smith’s work on this new project, nor will any aficionado of great comics.

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