You know, back when DC Comics printed Justice League #0, a full issue devoted to (part) of the new origin of Shazam, I said that, "This might be the best, most consistently enjoyable story [Geoff] Johns has told since his Superman story... With Gary Frank." I think I wasn't being hyperbolic enough*: Johns and Frank's revamped Shazam story is a classic. It's a huge, exciting, all-ages story that approaches the source material with just the right amount of reverence.
In case you missed the story, which ran as a sporadic back-up in Justice League, lucky you, it's being collected into one trade paperback at the end of the month. Before that, though, we've snagged you an exclusive look at some of Frank's development materials for Shazam. Check 'em out, and be sure to check out Shazam Vol. 1 when it hits shelves on September 25th:
The World’s Mightiest Mortal is reborn in The New 52 in this incredible tale from JUSTICE LEAGUE #7-11, 0, 14-16 and 18-21! Young orphan Billy Batson has bounced from foster home to foster home, but when he’s drawn to the Rock of Eternity, he is imbued with powers beyond those of any mortal man! But can he learn how to handle those powers in time to defeat the villainous Black Adam?
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Gary Frank
Cover by: Gary Frank
Page Count: 192
U.S. Price: 24.99
On Sale Date: Sep 25 2013
*Though clearly hyperbolic enough for that quote to end up on the cover. Hopefully, me quoting myself will end up on the cover of the collected edition of my blog posts about Shazam.