Thursday, July 19, 2007

TRIALS OF SHAZAM #10 - Missing in Action!

OK, I promised that this blog entry would be on INFINITE CRISIS but instead I want to talk about the long delays between issues of TRIALS OF SHAZAM. If you're a regular reader of TRIALS OF SHAZAM or even if you just wish the series would finish up and go quietly into the night, you've probably noticed the wait time is increasing between issues.

There have been various rumors concerning the delays from Judd Winick's slow delivery of scripts to having had all the scripts in the can months ago to Howard Porter's underestimating how long it would take to apply his new computer-enhanced style to his art.

On Monday, DC released its solicitation information for product it will publish in October 2007. For many fans of TRIALS OF SHAZAM, it was cause for concern as it was the second straight month without a solicitation for the book. It looked like TOS, as its known to fans, had stalled with issue #9.

But that's not the case. In what looks like a happy coincidence, it appears that the script for #10 calls for much of the issue to take place in the frigid no man's land of Antartica. Since most of the sequences are snow bound, there will be plenty of pages that are essentially blank with only Winick's script to fill the reader in on the action. Porter is hard at work on #11. Word is that #11 takes place mostly at night in a subterranean cave with Freddie trying to acquire the power of Zeus.

So fear not regular readers of TOS! Although TRIALS OF SHAZAM #10 won't ship until December, the Trials of a Shazam Reader brings you an exclusive look at the cover and solicitation text from the December 2007 DC Solicitations...

Written by Judd Winick; Art and Cover by Howard Porter

In the blinding wasteland of Antartica, Freddie must defeat Sabina and the angry inhabitants of the coldest level of hell ... or lose his bid to gain the speed of Mercury!

DC Universe • 32 pg. • B&W • $2.99 • US

On Sale December 26, 2007

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