Today’s Super Comics — Superman/Shazam: First Thunder #1-4 (2005)

Superman Shazam First ThunderSuperman and Captain Marvel meet for the first time! Well, the latter needs to be called “Shazam” on the covers because of trademark issues, but he’s Captain Marvel throughout the interior pages.

Written by Judd Winick and drawn by Joshua Middleton, First Thunder is an entertaining look at an early period in both heroes’ tenures, full of magical monsters and giant robots in need of smashing. The characterization is spot-on throughout, giving us fun interactions between the two leads as they bond over their unconventional career that so few can relate to. They don’t fight each other over any petty misunderstanding, but rather they become fast friends who enjoy teaming up.

And toward the end, the book takes a turn into genuinely heartfelt territory, and it sticks the landing with a fantastic final page. Appearances and powers aside, Captain Marvel is still just a kid, so Superman needs to be the adult.

A great, quick read for fans, young and old, of either character.

Writer: Judd Winick

Artist: Joshua Middleton

Publisher: DC Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; Superman/Shazam: First Thunder (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up