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Writer Geoff Johns spends much of this issue laying the groundwork for a new villain. It’s not a bad idea, I have to say I’d like to see an interesting new villain rather than a recycled one like Darkseid. The JL don’t yet know what’s going on, but are trying to catch up, after other villains the new one has hit up for information. One other character is being tortured for info — Steve Trevor. Though they don’t yet know their foe, his path is becoming clear. The banter going on during the issue is entertaining. In all I’m enjoying the storyline.
The Shazam backup continues to appeal to me as well. Despite my general dislike of darkening old characters, I have to say I kind of like what Geoff is doing with Billy Batson and other members of Captain Marvel past. Nothing much super going on yet, but it’s an interesting ride. And the final reveal shows that magic and power are just around the corner.
The art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams on the main story, and Gary Frank on the backup continues to be excellent, aided by great coloring and lettering.