After a bazillion years of not reading DC comics, I decided to check out the New 52 Justice League, and I have to say that I've enjoyed the Shazam back-up story just as much-- if not more-- as the rest of the book.
This Shazam (I guess they've decided to completely abandon the "Captain Marvel" name) isn't the one you grew up with. There's not much about this version of Shazam that relates him to the original grinning, altruistic Fawcett character the DC adopted years ago. Sure, he's still a "good guy" but he's got a definite edge to him that the character never had before. Perhaps that's due to the more realistic version of Billy Batons that Jeff Johns created. He seems a lot more like a kid who's been kicked around the adoption system. He's mistrusting and and a tad violent, but he still doesn't like a bully and will stand up for the weak, even if he doesn't wanna talk about it afterwards.
The figure looks pretty good, although I'm not really into how Mattel articulates their figures. The cuts and joints look way too garish and ugly for me. (Time for a change, Mattel!)
Like all the other Mattel SDCC exclusives, this one can be pre-ordered on their site for convenient pick-up at the show.