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Here's some parts from the Judd Winick/Joshua Middleton four issue miniseries, First Thunder.

Four issues of thirty pages, 6 from issue 1, 7 from 2 and 3, and 10 from issue 4.

Part 1

Cutting to the present, and a gang of magic-wielding thieves have been stealing artefacts from various museums around the US. They attack a museum in Metropolis, battle Superman and then manage to get away due to Clark's weakness to magic. After Billy, who is living in a tent in an abandoned subway station, reads about the robberies in a newspaper he figures out that the museum in Fawcett City will likely have some stuff stolen too, as it's also got some of the artefacts in it. The issue ends with Cap beginning to fight some summoned trolls when Superman shows up to help out...

Issue Two
Sometime before the robberies above mentioned, Sivana is travelling to Metrpolis to ask Luthor who he deals with his costumed superhero, the doctor having finally had enough of Captain Marvel interferring with his schemes.

What follows is the DC villain version of the Daleks vs. Cybermen arguement from Doctor Who...

Back in the present, after defeating the trolls, Superman and Captain Marvel go and have a chat about being a superhero on Mount Everest, and a friendship seems to form between them.

Issue 3
It turns out that the artefacts were being stolen by occult thieves that Sivana had hired to act as a distraction so that Spec would be able to track easier, as well as the thieves themselves creating the double threat of incarnating the anti-Marvel Sabbac while causing Eclipso to possess his host at the same time. So on the one hand, they could kill Marvel or on the other they'd make him easier to follow.

This ultimately proves tobe unnecessary when it turned out that Spec managed to use his own powers to follow Cap, work out how his powers work and provide the information necessary to kill him to Sivana...

With this information in hand, Sivana calls in an assassination squad to kill Billy, thus getting rid of Captain Marvel once and for all. His assistant asks him isn't that somewhat drastic, and what if Spec's information was wrong? Sivana replies "Then I would be guilty of murdering an innocent child... I'll get over it."

Later, after Cap and Superman have defeated the pair of supervillains...

Issue 4
Billy turns into Captain Marvel, and defeats the hit squad with minimal effort, then turns... and sees that his friend has been shot right through the chest. He rushes him to hospital, but it's too late, he dies on the operating table.

Enraged, Billy storms the police station where the members of the assassination team are being held in custody. They've heard about Scott's death and they're making it very clear that they are in a very bad situation as a result, but still the hitmen refuse to talk. At least until Cap storms into the interrogation and threatens to squash people's heads until they tell him who hired them.

Meanwhile, Dr Sivana is also enraged, but that's because he's heard that they shot the wrong person. Cap then demolishes most of his headquarters and almost stranges him to death before just stopping and flying away. Sivana decides that this is a good time to go and hide a very long way away.

Clark meanwhile, reads about Cap's rampage in an article that Lois wrote, and flies to Everest to tell him for for endangering so many lives so recklessly.

Date: 2012-03-06 04:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sherkahn
that page where Supes and the Wizard talk about the responsibility and weight of it, and Shazam quietly asks for help from Clark.. that got to me.

Date: 2012-03-06 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaniwolf
Alright, i got to say, i really did like this. I'm going to have to look for the TPB. I'd never thought about the ramifications of anyone finding out Billy is Marvel but i can totally understand Clark's horror at finding out. Thanks a lot for bringing this to my attention.

Date: 2012-03-06 05:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] auggie18
Man, I freaking love this story. Judd Winick really kicked ass on this one. If the new run on Captain Marvel is even in this ballpark, I will be happy.

Also, what I like about this? It isn't explicitly an origin story. We learn Billy's origin naturally throughout it, but it doesn't go over the same thing we've seen over and over and over. More introductory comics need to do that.

Date: 2012-03-06 05:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
I thought I'd have got in before the molestation argument appeared.

Better luck next time.

Date: 2012-03-06 06:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jaybee3
It's weird how Winick could right THIS so well and write Billy so well then Trials of Shazam came which overturned the mythos, made everything more complicated, got rid of the only female Marvel (Coma!Mary) and then traded in Freddy for Billy (who was basically kicked upstairs with nothing to do) as the "hero" of the franchise for no real reason. And they were both written by the same guy.

Date: 2012-03-06 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kazeno
Well, this was a lot better than I expected. The scene where Superman talks about the first time he flew into space really stuck out; he seems so in awe of his own powers. It was a very humanizing moment for him. And this is the first time in my experience (which admittedly, is limited when it comes to Captain Marvel) where anyone became angry after finding out that Billy is Captain Marvel. Most superheroes seem to go "Huh, that's weird" and move on.

This miniseries is full of great little moments, it'd be too much to list them all. Except for the death of Billy's friend. That was just ridiculously predictable.

(Also, hi s_d, this is my first time posting! *waves*)

Date: 2012-03-06 08:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
The usual "Why CAN'T Shazam help make Billy's life a little better?" debate to one side, and the couple of cute scenes here and there, the washed out, very flat colours take me RIGHT out of this.

Plus, what kind of idiot assault plan on a kid they know can transform with a single, two-syllable word, involves storming the place that he lives in riot gear, ANNOUNCING yourself and THEN start firing.

You either A) Shoot first, B) Consider using a sniper or C) Get close enough (possibly by disguise) to stop him being able to say anything before you either attack him, or prevent him talking. After all the build up, this is a seriously weak-ass assault plan.


Date: 2012-03-06 10:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capt_satellite
Very nice story. Thank you.

How would you guys feel about a Luthor/Sivana TPB?

You could call it "The Brave and the Bald".....

Date: 2012-03-06 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kksimone
Poor Scott. Your death was just tacky. Why kill an orphan's only friend when you can just keeping having Captain Marvel say ridiculous kid things to Superman?

(And does Clark do anything other than be a creeper and talk about himself? Yelling at Shazam that a kid's biggest worries should be homework and then potentially doing nothing for a homeless kid is kind of killing the whimsy for me. At least offer to take him out to lunch while you talk about yourself!)

Date: 2012-03-07 04:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
I wonder if it this meant (meant, past tense, seeing as this is all out of continuity now) that it was Clark Kent that inspired Billy to become a reporter.

Date: 2012-03-07 10:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] benuben
How the hell could this be written by the same guy, who wrote "that" run on Green Arrow and who is now writing Catwoman, I will never understand.

Date: 2012-03-07 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arise
Even if Clark comes off as a bit of a creeper out of context, I really do love this sequence. Gotta pick it up in trades sometime. It's great seeing Clark as just a sweet, caring guy.

I'm surprised it was Winick who wrote this, though - maybe I've misjudged him?


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