Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

This week, DC Comics sees another of it’s heroes hit the big screen: SHAZAM! Some fans may remember him as Captain Marvel (a name he debuted with back in 1940 in the pages of WHIZ Comics #2 for Fawcett Publishing) but many have always just called him SHAZAM (the word he says to unlock his power). While the movie will give it’s own spin on things, there have been many re-tellings of the SHAZAM origin over the years. On this week’s Back Issue Bloodbath, we take a look at one of these re-tellings, SHAZAM!: The Monster Society of Evil.

Originally released as a four issue miniseries in 2007, cartoonist Jeff Smith (famous for his best selling creation, Bone!) gave his take on the decades old character. Taking the name from an epic golden age story, Smith told the origin of young Billy Batson, a street kid whose given the powers of SHAZAM, for a new generation. It leaned into the old time whimsy of the character while updating his surroundings. This week, Andrew and Sammy take a look at SHAZAM!: The Monster Society of Evil and see if it holds up 12 years later. Give it a listen

A special thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of SHAZAM!: The Monster Society of Evil, available now. Pick up yours today.

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