Calling Down the Thunder: Shazam Recommended Reading List
Ever want to say a magic word and become a superhero? Well, Billy Batson can! With the hit movie adaptation of the DC Comic series/character Shazam now in theatres, it’s the perfect time to catch up on some of the adventures of the World’s Mightiest Mortal! And we here at On Comics Ground know it! So we’ve put together a recommended reading list of some of the many excellent adventures starring Shazam!
Shazam: Origins by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank-See writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank retell the origins of Shazam for the twenty-first century with this collection, serving as the inspiration for the hit film! Orphaned trouble-teen Billy Batson is welcomed into the home of the Vasquez family, and while he tries to adjust to his new foster siblings, he must also contend with new magical powers granted to him by the last surviving member of the Council of Wizards. With the single word “Shazam” Billy can transform into an adult with the powers of flight, electrokinesis super-speed and strength. Can Billy prove worthy of these gifts, as new and ancient evils Dr. Sivanna and Black Adam arise to threaten Billy’s home of Philadelphia? Collects New 52 Justice League issues #0, 21, and material from #7-11, 14-16 & 18-21 https://www.comixology.com/Shazam-Origins/digital-comic/755553?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy
Convergence: Shazam #1-2 by Jeff Parker, Doc Shanner & Jordie Bellaire-A modern day recreation of the Golden Age Captain Marvel comics, this two-part tie-in to the DC crossover event miniseries Convergence sees the Big Red Cheese take on some of his oldest foes, and some new ones, as Fawcett City is invaded by the heroes of Gotham by Gaslight, only one can remain standing!! https://www.comixology.com/Convergence-Shazam-2015/comics-series/39615?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy
The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 by Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart & Nathan Fairbarin-see some of DC’s most creative minds tackle one of its purest heroes in this exciting adventure set on Earth-5/S, home of Captain Marvel and the Marvel family! Billy and his world are under threat from his craftiest enemy, Dr. Sivanna!! But how has the malicious madman managed to de-power Billy? And what does this all have to do with the secrets of the Multiverse? https://www.comixology.com/The-Multiversity-Thunderworld-Adventures-2014-1/digital-comic/170433?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy
Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil by Jeff Smith-From visionary storyteller and Bones creator Jeff Smith comes a retelling of the beginnings of Captain Marvel: Young Billy Batson is just a kindhearted homeless boy, desperate to make a difference in others lives when he’s whisked away on a magic subway train to a strange realm, the Rock of Eternity! Before the Ancient Wizard Shazam, Billy is granted magic powers, in order to stop the rising evil of the mysterious Mister Mind! How will Billy stop this devious scheme and how does it connect to Billy’s lost family? https://www.comixology.com/Shazam-The-Monster-Society-of-Evil/digital-comic/579386?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy