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Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder Paperback – May 1, 2006
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Good artwork, enjoyed the cell-shading style, and the colors are nice and saturated, and I liked the mostly minimalist backgrounds. That being said, it wasn't the best I've seen either.
The story had a lot of potential. BUT it was rushed a bit, I think. Instead of a four segment arc, it could have been expanded to twice that much--or more--because I didn't think the story had been developed enough--it was like large swaths of action were plugged in to try to disguise that there wasn't a lot of work done on the plot. The confrontation at the end of series between Superman and Shazam SHOULDN'T have been so abbreviated!!! It was important, but two pages was too short!
Like I said, standard comic book fare.
Too many stories that pair up these character try to create some type of rivalry, and we have seen the two fight in other versions of their first interaction. However, one or both characters always has to act far out of their norm to set that up. I much prefer this storyline - the two heroes are respectful to each other and you see how they can be complementary. For example, Captain Marvel is amazed by Superman's sensory powers, such as his distance vision or super hearing. But at the same time, Superman is impressed with Captain Marvel's lack of vulnerability to magic. The characterization is good, and the plot is entertaining and well thought-out. The art is good, and the dialogue contains some great lines, such as Captain Marvel telling someone "What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity." Recommended for any Superman or Captain Marvel fans.
What I welcomed was the fact these two heroes didn't 'throw-down' on each other in the first couple minutes they 'met'. After a dangerous brawl, they headed off to a mountain-top and talked to each other, appreciated each others strength and powers and walked away friends. In the end, a possibility for mentorship could develop. I miss this Superman. He's the guy who, before all this '52' mess, would soar into space and stare-down an invading alien army without moving, and they would back-down. However when he meets Superboy, Supergirl, Superpuppy; he begins to blast away.Perhaps it sells issues but there isn't wisdom there and being a god who walks among us, he needs to know when to pound and when to step down his game.
Their enemies were tough enough to be a challenge and, when Capt Marvel reacts to an attack personally, you can feel he is a confused child. Great work for the writer and I loved the art.
I recommend purchasing this for your kids. It has big battles, gooey monsters and epic heroes. But, in the end it's about friendship and trust.
This story highlights the trials Billy Batson faces and how the greatest hero ever can help them. And she don't need to read that story. What we need to know is that even the strongest, the wisest, and the bravest need some guidance sometimes.
Winsock and Middleton craft a story that shows how much a hero holds on their shoulders, and how little it takes to bend
But not break.
In the infamous words of Captain Malcolm Reynolds: "If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. And when you can't do that, you find someone to carry you." In the final game we see Billy being carried, if only to help him get through it all.
Some FYI: Social-political propaganda is present. The artistic style is more cartoonish than most.
What I Didn't Like: Dialogue is inconsistent, at times natural, at other times artificial yet lacking any affectionate quirkiness.
Summary: First Thunder respects its iconic characters. I'm glad I purchased it and I recommend the book to others.
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