the hoodie costume is the same,
the name change to Shazam is the same,
putting more focus on a Harry Potter approach is the same.
It's like Dan Didio and Geoff Johns had a meeting and said,
"Geoff, I don't get those fans... they didn't accept Trials... what's wrong with them?"
"I got an idea, Dan... Let's just redo it, with me writing. I'll make Billy the central character instead of Freddy... we'll even make him look more like Harry Potter... give him a pair of Clark Kent's glasses. We'll keep the costume red. Definately gotta keep the hoodie, though. Hoodies are so cool. I'll make it work, whether the fans want it or not. Just wait til those fanboys see what I do with naughty Mary."
When "Trials" was published, there was another Capt Marvel series at the same time, but this one had a very traditional take, with a strong link to E Nelson Bridwell's "World's Finest" run. It was Alex Ross' "Justice". This one the fans loved.
This time around, we are getting the "Trials" rerun, "Curse of Shazam", and we should also be getting a traditional take on Captain Marvel by Grant Morrision and Cameron Stewart, the Earth-5 Multiversity installment "Thunderworld".
Guess which one will be rejected and which one will be embraced.
History. Learn from it, or be doomed to repeat it, DC.
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