I was really looking forward to reading the Power of Shazam books, but as I write this they have been a bit disappointing. I'm up to issue 21 and well, they are just so darn corny. I think they have been written more for kids than for adults, but I'm not sure how well they stack up as kids books. I mean, during the set up for Freddy getting the Marvel family powers we see both Mary and Billy interact with him, and also see Freddy by himself, getting attacked by Captain Nazi (leading to the scans featured yesterday).
Billy's first thoughts about Freddy:
Oddly enough, the girls don't want to join Freddy on him and his Grandpa's fishing trip. Lucky for them as a rejuvenated Captain Nazi then joins them and takes out Freddy's Granpa:
One this this series has done for me is highlight how cool Mary Marvel is. She's the only one of the Marvels that I actually like so far. Because of that, here's another great depiction of her.
Back to Freddy. I shouldn't mock, but this is a hilarious incident to find yourself in:
Lastly, Freddy gets his powers but doesn't change into an adult. Why? Because he's an insufferable prat, that's why.
I will continue reading and I hope that it gets more interesting. There is so much potential with these characters, but right now the writing style isn't quite doing it for me.
All scans from issues 6 and 7 of Power of Shazam.
EDIT: I have now finished the run and some bits improve, others remain dull. As some of you have asked about buying these issues I've had a look around Amazon and the following 2 trades are available:
The Power of Shazam
Another one, also called The Power of Shazam. I assume they contain different stories.
Shazam: the Greatest Stories Ever Told contains one story from the Ordway run, about a burns victim who uses some amazing make up gel to appear normal for one day.
The Power of Shazam: issues 5 - 7 in paperback. This one is currently unavailable.