The trend of rebooting old characters to boost sales goes a step too far with the new Captain Marvel from Marvel Comics.
Originally a Fawcett Comics hero, Billy Batson, a youth, is chosen by the lecherous wizard Shazam to become a champion for the forces of good. Whenever Batson says the wizard's name, he is struck by a magical lightning bolt that transform in into the adult Captain Marvel, a magical superhero imbued with the powers of super strength, super speed, super stamina, super smarts, lightning bolts, flight, and invulnerability. The character became a part of the DC Universe in 1972, where he remained until the nu52 reboot last year. However, while a character named Shazam does appear in nuDCU titles, he obviously bears no resemblance to the original, leading the Outhouse to believe that the rights to Captain Marvel have been sold to rival Marvel Comics to make way for this reboot.
Marvel's new version of the character is different from the old in every way. First of all, the new character is a woman, lending credence to the recent outcries of sexism in the comic industry from websites such as Bleeding Cool (the comic is written by a woman as well - Kelly Sue Deconnick - deepening concerns). Further, the new Captain Marvel's costume is nothing like the old, as you can see in the pictures below, and neither are her powers. Worse, "Carol Danvers" is a full-grown adult with military experience, a far cry from Batson, the innocent youth. In truth, it appears the only similarities between the characters is that both have a handsome, masculine haircut.
The Outhouse understands that comics need to make money, and it appreciates any creative attempts to do so, but the trend of rebooting comics and characters has gone too far this time.
This is The Outhouse, home of news that is serious, Jude Terror reporting.
Original Press Release:
Introducing The All-New CAPTAIN MARVEL!
This July, take flight as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Captain Marvel #1! From the creative team of fan-favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and rising star artist Dexter Soy, Carol Danvers suits up to tackle a threat only she can handle. Earth's Mightiest Hero has a new name, a new mission and all the power she needs to make her life a living hell. With Captain America guest starring, and covers by Ed McGuinness & Adi Granov – no fan can miss this explosive new ongoing that will send shockwaves throughout the Marvel Universe. So what are you waiting for? Go tell your local retailer to hold you a copy – that's an order! Captain Marvel #1 flies into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this July.
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (MAY120693)
Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK
Art by DEXTER SOY
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV
FOC – 6/25/12, ON-SALE 7/18/12
Source: Press Release
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror
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