Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Magic of Black Adam

"The Magic of Black Adam" from Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #3 (DC, 2009) by Mike Kunkel

Like John H. Williams III splashed earlier this week, Mike Kunkel doesn't really do splashes. Instead, he delightfully crams each page with STORY, often crafting a series of moments in the same panel. A wonderful follow-up to Jeff Smith's Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil. So I've decided to show a page that technically has two panels. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Kunkel didn't continue past issue 4, and while other artists on the book (which went to #21 before being axed as all-ages books superior to the actual "coninuity" versions must fall prey to) splashed it up a little more, it's Kunkel's art I really wanted to show.

If only the current incarnation was a more like this. Instead, it's taking its cue from, what, Kingdom Come? Trials of Shazam? Jackass?

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