The recent Infinite Frontier #0 issue had a lot of interesting looks into what’s coming in the DCU, including a new lineup for the Justice League that includes Black Adam.  Whether or not we as readers believe it or not, they’re apparently dead-set on another attempt to redeem the longtime villain as a hero, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about.  The issue features a group of cheering fans and bystanders, all thrilled that they’ve been been saved by a hero they call “Shazadam”, leading us to today’s nomenclatural query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) isn’t entirely sure whether I think that the name is genius or cheese sandwich, but it should be pointed out that it’s probably a stronger name for copyright purposes, asking: Shazadam: Yay or Nay?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Nay. It has all the artfulness of “Reverse Flash” or flogging the equine corpse of the number “52” in an increasingly arbitrary yet forcible fashion. So it will probably stick, despite it being an utterly un-flowing utterance, but I don’t have to be there for it.

    • plus one for nay. at least with “reverse flash” you pretty much get what he’s about right out of the gate. “shazadam” is a lump of gibberish to new readers/viewers, and only means something if you know the Captain Marvel/Shazam mythos and can make the jump between knowing who Black Adam is and the meaning behind “shazam.” it’s sort of starting at step C, but then you have to explain steps A and B anyway later on, so what’s the point.

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    No thanks. There’s already been like 7-8 characters with that same lightning in their costume last 10 years.

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