Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

The Magic Is Gone

Justice League #7
“The Villain’s Journey, Prologue”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gene Ha
Colors: Art Lyon
Letters: Patrick Brosseau

“Shazam!”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Nick J. Napolitano

Cover artists: Jim Lee & Scott Williams (regular)/Gary Frank (variant)
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US (regular)/$4.99 (digital combo pack)

The good news is this is the first issue of this series to deliver enough content to merit the $3.99 US cover price. With the main story and the backup, it finally feels as though we’re getting value for that extra dollar. Furthermore, writer Geoff Johns offers an unexpected story in the main piece, distinguishing this incarnation of the title team from past iterations of the super-hero group. But for every strength to be found in this issue, there seems to be an element that’s irksome and detracts from the reader’s enjoyment. And most of those elements are to be found in the thoroughly wrong-headed reinvention of the Shazam! property in the backup feature.

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