Shazam! Power of Hope

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Shazam! Power of Hope
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
Publication dateMay–August 2000
No. of issues4
Main character(s)Captain Marvel
Creative team
Written byPaul Dini
Alex Ross
Artist(s)Alex Ross
Penciller(s)Alex Ross
Inker(s)Alex Ross
Letterer(s)Paul Dini
Colorist(s)Alex Ross
Collected editions
Shazam! Power of HopeISBN 9781563897450

Shazam! Power of Hope is a treasury giant prestige format 64-page graphic novel published by DC Comics in December 2000. Written by Paul Dini and painted art by Alex Ross.[1] Shazam!: Power of Hope is a tale of a super-hero using his powers in the most human of ways, to instill hope in the hearts of children. When Billy Batson, Captain Marvel's adolescent alter ego, receives a letter from a terminally ill boy in the City's Children Hospital, he decides to spend a few days in the ward. A true kid at heart, Captain Marvel tries to shed some light in the children's lives by taking them on flying escapades and amazing them with stories of his exploits.


Billy Batson's baseball plans are shot when he is asked to check out a mailbag filled with letters to Captain Marvel. One letter asks if Captain Marvel could stop at a hospital for sick children, and then, as Captain Marvel, meets with the Wizard Shazam who tells him about a child who will need his help. Arriving at the hospital, all the kids are happy to see their hero, except for one in a wheelchair who Marvel thinks is the kid who needs his help. Captain Marvel decides to talk to the kid as Billy, and the kid asks if his father would ever hurt him. Later, Billy meets with the kid's father, and after getting nothing, threatens him as Captain Marvel, telling him not to hurt his son anymore. After his visit is over, Marvel learns from the Wizard that it was himself who needed help, and it is himself and the children that he has given hope towards. Happy as ever, Captain Marvel continues his adventures with Billy Batson playing ball with the kid in the wheelchair.

Fake Cancellation[edit]

  • As part of an April Fool's Day gag in Wizard Magazine issue 104 featured a mock cover and synopsis for a Wonder Twins themed book, titled Wonder Twins: Form of Water. In the fake article cited that Alex Ross would not produce the Captain Marvel book and instead Wonder Twins book would be produced because the artist is a huge fan of Super Friends TV Show. The fake storyline involved the teen heroes using their powers to stop a drought and save their monkey sidekick Gleek.[2] Later in Wizard Magazine issue 111, a first page full article showed the actual Shazam book.[3]


The work was critically lauded for by Comic Bulletin realistic depiction of Captian Marvel as well as Ross' photorealistic art.[4] Newsarama also praised the series[5] Syfy recommend the book also.[6]


  1. ^ "An Oral History of DC's Captain Marvel/Shazam: The Modern Years Part 1".
  2. ^ "Comic Book Related April Fools Day Jokes". Joe Sergi's Cup of Geek. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Wizard: The Comics Magazine #111 (Issue)". Comic Vine. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Shazam! Power of Hope Review - Silver Bullet Comics".
  5. ^ "The Top 10 Shazam Stories You Should Read". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  6. ^ Forsythe, Dana (2 April 2019). "6 Shazam! comic books you should read ahead of the movie". Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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