This post is going up simply because I found myself wistfully looking forward to the publication of Scooby-Doo Team Up #16 (5/4/16). Click the image below for a higher res version of the beautiful promo art – including the wonderful bonus of Mary and Jr.
If you haven’t seen it already, the beautiful Dan Panosian cover of Cyborg #9 features none other than Shazam. So yeah, I’ll be buying this one for sure. Maybe we’ll get to see Billy Batson taking his new powers/pantheon out for a spin.
Here are the details courtesy of DC’s official site:
Federal forces are sent to capture Cyborg and his technology—but things take a bizarre twist when tensions rise among members of the Justice League, who are split over what Cyborg should do. Shazam doesn’t understand why Cyborg won’t go along with the federal agents. Could this be the moment that ends their friendship?
According to the mothership the issue goes on sale March 23rd.
Way back 16 days ago we got word from creator Steve Orlando that Earth’s Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel – alias: Shazam – was getting his own one-shot issue as part of the Justice League’s Darkseid:War storyline.
I can’t help but urge you to pick this one up and right away. As you know, raising Captain Marvel’s profile is the major aim of the Shazamcast! and there is no better way to convince DC to give us more Captain Marvel stories than to demonstrate there is money to be had in the venture.
If you need extra motivation check out the following links then head out to get your copy!
Recognize this place?
If so, you probably know who lives there.
Sinestro shows up to make nice with Black Adam, ruler of Khandaq. And that can’t be a good thing, right?
You can check out ComicVine for a more extensive preview and a look at the really cool cover of this issue. You’re going to want to buy it I’m sure so, to help in that endeavor, here’s a way to find your local comic book shop.
On a separate note, look for the next episode of The Shazamcast to go up later today. If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes you can find them HERE. Have you listened to them already? A quick review on iTunes would be greatly appreciated.
Today author Steve Orlando tweeted this:
— Steve Orlando (@thesteveorlando) October 26, 2015
Here’s the premise according to the DC Comics website:
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR: SHAZAM! #1
ON SALE 11/11, Price: $3.99 (U.S.)
A boy becomes an army of Gods! No longer does Billy Batson have access to the powers of the Old Gods. Now, he commands the combined might of Highfather, Mantis and other New Gods. But these Gods are not passive. And they will sooner destroy Billy than give up control of their power.
Here’s the [highest res I can find] image from Comic Book resources (and you can find out more about the series of one-shots this issue is a part of on CBR here).
I plan on picking this one up, despite my reservations about the changes to the character, just to let DC know there is a market for the character. Proceed, of course, as you see fit.
If High Father, Mantis, and the New Gods aren’t familar to you here’s an introduction from Chris Sims on Comics Alliance. An excerpt:
Jack Kirby created a series of comic books that were truly mythological in scope. But rather than dealing with the explanations that the rapidly advancing science of the 20th century had made irrelevant, he focused on other, more metaphysical questions: What is the nature of good and evil, and is it possible for one to arise from the other? What does it mean to be free? What does it mean to lose that freedom? Can the horrors of war and violence be justified? These weren’t new questions by any means, but they were the ones people ask that don’t have easy, scientifically provable answers, which is why they persist and inspire stories that explore them.