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"Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil" (2007)
By Jeff Smith
While "Shazam" (or "Captain Marvel" to the purists) has not been the most commercially viable DC property in recent decades the character is still one of DC's historically great properties that once sold more than even "Superman" or "Batman" during the Golden Age. Shazam deserves his chance in the spotlight and an animated feature can help get him there. There has never been a better modern take on the character than Jeff Smith's "Monster Society of Evil," a miniseries that captured the innocence and purity of the concept while telling a modern story of heroism and courage. On the surface, "The Monster Society of Evil" was a lighter story, a classical take on the origin of Shazam, a pure character meditation on Shazam's alter ego Billy Batson, but beneath the surface, it was a tale of the sheer horrors of childhood and the cruelty of the adult world. This multi-layered thematic study of the "Shazam" concept was a Golden Age riff with a modern sensibility that merged the innocence of yesterday with the complex thematic storytelling of today. If DC wants to grow their pantheon beyond their core franchises -- and that one wild card DVD a year says they do -- Shazam could be the perfect character to start with, and this is the perfect "Shazam" story to reintroduce the world to that One Magic Word.