Steve reviews Future State Shazam #1. “Tim Sheridan has the makings of a great comic book writer. I guess I just don’t like what was written”
Shazam brings us deeper into the dark, gritty universe that is Future State. Future State is a possible future that comes courtesy of the Dark Nights Death Metal event. The world our heroes live in is supposed to be gloomy and depressing. It is a sad place to live in and, in a lot of ways, devoid of hope. In other words, not a place that Shazam belongs in.
Shazam, previously referred to as Captain Marvel, was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck in 1939. He is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a young pre-teen who receives the powers of Shazam from the wizard (whose name is Shazam by the way) due to his innocence and purity of heart. He is given the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. That is, he is given the power of gods.
Shazam/Captain Marvel has always been one of my favorite superheroes. I enjoyed him because he is the embodiment of what I believe a good person would be if he or she were bestowed with superpowers. He has gone through many iterations, reboots, relaunches, whatever you want to call them, over the years. But at his core, he has always been the quintessential good guy.
And even more than that, Shazam and Billy Batson have always been one. You can’t have one without the other. With that sentiment in mind, this was the problem that I had with Tim Sheridan’s Future State Shazam #1.
FUTURE STATE SHAZAM #1 | DC COMICS
In this book, Shazam is just simply, not Shazam. If you are looking for happy go lucky. If you are expecting the hopeful and cheerful Shazam, look somewhere else. In this book, Sheridan presents us with a very depressing and highly disappointing alternate Shazam. A Shazam barren of innocence. A Shazam that gives us nothing that makes Shazam what he is. Sure, I understand that this particular bleak, somewhat post-apocalyptic environment is what Future State is all about but this type of Shazam was upsetting.
That being said, the writing quality of the book is superb. Tim Sheridan has the makings of a great comic book writer. His dialogue is engaging. The interaction between all of the characters in the story is done well and draws you into the story more and more…until Sheridan drops an agonizing bombshell on you at the end.
The artwork of the book, done by Eduardo Pansica, is high quality as well. The way he draws the physique of Shazam is a great example.
Quite honestly though, among all of the Future State books I have read, this one is my least favorite. As I said, the story is written well. I guess I just don’t like what was written. I feel like I need to ask Mr. Sheridan why he did what he did to the character.
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