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Monday, November 27, 2006 

Shazam's new writer is the wrong one for the job

The Columbus Dispatch writes about Judd Winick, overrated writer he is, taking up the assignment of writing "The Trials of Shazam" in an attempt to update Capt. Marvel's Billy Batson for the 21st century.
"Come on! People call him the Big Red Cheese," says comic-book writer Judd Winick.

"Even Aquaman doesn’t have a disparaging nickname."

Nevertheless, when Winick started writing for DC Comics years ago, his goal was to tackle one of the oldest franchises in comics - Captain Marvel.

And now he’s getting his chance with "The Trials of Shazam," a 12-part miniseries that sets out to redefine the character for a new generation of readers. "Trials" has been a hit for DC so far.

The redefining includes a new costume, a different purpose and, DC hopes, more prestige.

Captain Marvel is the everoptimistic hero with a yellow thunderbolt on his chest who has been around since 1939. DC has tried for years to draw reader interest to the character but with little success.
And the reason why this miniseries may be succeeding is simply because of who's writing it - Winick himself. Not that they'll actually tell you that, of course.

Frankly, I'll pass. Winick's writing style is so embarrassingly shameless and vicious, I don't even want to think of what changes he's made to Billy Batson's world, which are sure to reflect Winick's own blatant liberal vision. These changes are sure to affect Mary Marvel and Cap Junior as well, and that too is something I have no interest in seeing.

Say NO to knee-jerk political correctness in comics, which is what Winick basically stands for. That's what I say.

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