With a charming
variant cover by Ivan Reis, JL #0 marks the first appearance of
Shazam! in The New 52. Several concepts are introduced in this
issue: The idea that magic exists but it's been hidden to make it
seem like fantasy or fiction is pretty cool, as are the quick
glimpses of the deadly sins, and the revelation about the fate of
the wizards first seen in Free Comic Book Day. The fact that Shazam!
is Billy's full potential and the old wizard's successor, also
provides a clue of what's in store for the series' supporting
Gary Frank pulls
some pretty awesome artwork with very detailed lines; his non-use of
backgrounds here and there successfully highlights significant
moments in the story. Another one who also rocks the pencils is
guest artist Ethan Van Sciver on the backup featuring Pandora;
although a brief sequence, it packs some punch and serves as a means
to utter a big word: Trinity.