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Shazam #7: Clash of Titans Delivers Thunderous Fun


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Creative Team: Mark Waid (Writer), Goran Sudžuka (Artist), Ive Svorcina (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letters)

Shazam #7 – Mark Waid (Writer), Goran Sudžuka (Artist), Ive Svorcina (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letters) Credit DC Comics

Shazam #7 – DC Comics

Shazam #7 proves to be a thrilling installment in the series, pitting the Captain against the formidable Black Adam in a showdown that comic enthusiasts have eagerly anticipated. Mark Waid,  at the helm of the creative team, infuses the narrative with a ton of ridiculously good fun! The series, in general, has been a delightful ride, and this issue is no exception.

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The Writing

One notable aspect is Waid’s adept use of callbacks, particularly the reference to space dinosaurs and the long-awaited payoff of the Auditors making an appearance. The incorporation of bureaucratic elements, like forms and paperwork, adds a layer of humor reminiscent of the movie Office Space. It’s a clever trope that not only injects humor into the storyline but also resonates with the everyday experiences of readers.

Shazam #7 – Mark Waid (Writer), Goran Sudžuka (Artist), Ive Svorcina (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letters) Credit DC Comics

Waid masterfully leverages past threads from previous issues, rewarding loyal readers who have been following the series since its inception. The finesse with which he intertwines these elements keeps readers hooked, constantly wondering when and what other threads might resurface in the future. This narrative strategy not only rewards long-term investment but also contributes to the overall richness of the story.

The introduction of a bizarro-like Shazam is a narrative curveball that adds a touch of unpredictability. It cleverly misdirects readers, initially leading them to believe that Black Adam would be an immediate presence. This twist brings back a sense of normality, allowing Shazam to engage in combat with more conventional henchmen, balancing the narrative dynamics and keeping the storyline fresh.

The Art, Colors and Letters

Shazam #7 – Mark Waid (Writer), Goran Sudžuka (Artist), Ive Svorcina (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letters) Credit DC Comics

Goran Sudžuka’s art is a standout feature, particularly in the design of the Auditors. The Star Trek vibes, evoked by their red shirts, add a layer of visual interest and cultural reference. The fight scenes are brilliantly rendered, employing an action-packed yet cartoon-style approach that aligns seamlessly with the overall tone of the series. The colors, expertly handled by Ive Svorcina, contribute significantly to the visual appeal, using a vibrant palette for earthbound action and darker tones for scenes set in space.

Troy Peteri’s letters play a crucial role in enhancing the overall tone, particularly during the high-energy action sequences. The pacing benefits from well-placed lettering, intensifying the fun value and maintaining a smooth flow throughout the issue. The synergy between art, colors, and letters creates a cohesive reading experience.

Final Thoughts

Shazam #7 successfully balances humor, nostalgia, and action, making it a must-read issue! The creative team’s collective efforts shine, promising an exciting continuation of this epic clash between the Captain and Black Adam.

Thanks for checking out my review for the NI Comics Bullpen. Let me know what comics you’re reading and hit me up on any social media platform here! Till next time…

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