Saturday, July 05, 2008

Not Gomer Pyle's Catchphrase

I know not all of you read comics, but for the few of you who do regularly/occasionally, let me heartily recommend Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #1. The splash page rightly credits Mike Kunkel with "pictures, words & heart"--this looks and feels like a labor of love.

From the great animation-style drawings, to the clever plot, to the horribly-detailed and annoying coded-intro pages, to the use of the old "Solomon=Wisom, Hercules=strength.... acronym; this was a fun, clever, well-written book.

It seems to be marketed like a DCKids title, but it's produced better than the rest of that line--and it's technically not one; but it is for "all ages" (something far to rare in comics these days, even from The Big Two). I enjoyed it, and am sure the Offspring will, too.