I know that this may sound daft, but I wonder if 'Child Services' were ever confused about Billy Baton turning onto Captain Marvel. Well, if one minute he's a kid, and the next minute he can be a man, what jurisdiction does he fall under? Hey! I know. Let's ask this question to the Writer: Geoff Johns; the Artists: Gary Frank; plus the Publisher: DC Comics, in May, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'SHAZAM'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: "Give me your powers" says Black Adam to Captain Marvel. "Or else I will kill you and your friends, whilst the Seven Deadly Sins of Man will kill mankind" he continued.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Without giving too much away, let me just say that things work out for the best at the end of the day. Kind of, anyway, Ha!
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yes. I had a blast. In more ways than one!
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Doctor Sivana bumping into a space-worm. 

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Again, without spoiling too much, there was a scene in this issue where one of the Marvels asked Billy what they should all do next, in relation to their encounter with Black Adam. And do you know what he somewhat reluctantly said in turn?

'Uhhh.... Get him?'

Ha! This line that made me laugh so much, I'm sure I'll be remembering it for quite sometime to come. What a sod!

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Gary Frank is one amazing artist. I mean, just look at the image provided. I'm sure that every time he puts pen to paper, an angel up in heaven sheds a single tear of joy and delight. Heavenly stuff. Just heavenly.
 (+) I couldn't have cared less that the Justice League wasn't in this adventure at all. It was one brilliantly told tale, and deserved the extra room needed to tell it.
 (+) At the moment I'm sitting on the fence where Black Adams 'final fate' is concerned, and the 'end revealed' villain too. Granted, I'm not a hundred percent happy about it. But then again I'm not a hundred percent unhappy about it either. I'm sure these plans are set in motion for a specific reason, Hehehe!
(+) Two words. 'Marvel Family'. It's was f*cking fantastic to see them all again on the same splash page together, and I'll say no more than that until my conclusion methinks.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Now the only thing I wasn't too keen on was that scene where 'The Marvels' all began to power down, saying as much in the process. OK. I know. Not a major gripe within the scheme of things. But to be honest with you, folks, there wasn't that much to gripe about in this adventure at all. It was nigh on perfect.
(+) I would have liked to have seen more of 'The Seven Deadly Sins of Man' possessing Mister Bryer, plus some more of Billy's foster parents too. But hey, I'm sure I will sooner or later.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two ANIMALS.
A BEAR AS CAPTAIN MARVEL: Ohhhh! Look at the picture. Isn't it cute? Cute; just like our Billy Boy Batson. Nuff said.

A BLACK PANTHER AS BLACK ADAM: No. I'm not referring to the militant group or that hero over at Marvel Comics. Of course I'm referring to its furline counterpart. The one that looks angry, stoic, and all of those things attributed to this pain in the Adam.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege' -- Charles Kuralt

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'I GOT THE POWER' BY SNAP: Alright. I know that I've most probably used this comparison in the past. But come off it, it's a perfect match. This story and this song are as one with the universe. Amen. 

So if you've read this issue, by now you've seen the new members of the new Marvel family. However, what could their respective new super-names and super-powers be?  Could it be something like...

  • Pedro -- Captain Beard -- Due to the fact that he has a very nice beard.
  • Mary -- Angel Delight -- Mainly because she made me yearn for some whip-cream as soon as I saw her in that outfit.
  • Freddy -- The King -- That's what he wanted to be called.
  • Eugene -- Microsoft -- Because he has the power to manipulate electronics.  
  • Darla -- Zippity-Do-Dah -- It seems appropriate because she's so super-cute and super-fast.
  • Tawny -- Survivor -- Well, this was the name of the band that sung 'Eye of the Tiger'!

Anyway, that's enough of my foolishness for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Justice League' was out of this blooming world. The art was detailed and expressive. The story was personal and bold. Plus the overall package was something you have to pick up if you are a fan of Captain Marvel and his amazing crew.

Say no more. 

JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 Reviewed by David Andrews on July 09, 2013 Rating: 5
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