Who is that fellow? Well, that’s the question. Our best guess is that it’s Atlas, one of the gods that gives Shazam a power (strength, in this case) here as well as a much needed/presumably-appreciated-by-editorial vowel in his name. That’s a cool enough concept, but what’s even more cool about The Infected: King Shazam #1 (see cover above), is that the creative team behind it is writer Sina Grace (a newcomer to DC who has done work for Marvel, specifically the critically-acclaimed Iceman), and artist Joe Bennett, who is doing some of the best superhero work in all of comics within the current run of Immortal Hulk. But enough about — ahem — that other publisher.
Check out the preview information for The Infected: King Shazam #1 below, followed by a text-less preview of pages from the forthcoming comic, which is due out Nov. 6, with final orders for it due from retailers today. As you may recall, this book is also part of a series of one-shots looking at the six heroes that the Batman Who Laughs has now infected, a story currently playing out in the pages of Batman Superman.
“Let me put it to you this way: My soundtrack for writing an epic KING SHAZAM! story was Limp Bizkit’s ‘Break Stuff’ on repeat.” –Sina Grace
Billy Batson is a good kid. Well… he was. Following the events of Batman/Superman and “Year of the Villain,” Shazam is now one of the Infected! One of DC’s greatest heroes has seen his soul turned black by the Batman Who Laughs—and Shazam’s on a journey to punch a bunch of so-called “gods” in the face and show the establishment exactly what the future looks like. The Infected: King Shazam, from writer Sina Grace (Iceman, Go Go Power Rangers) and artist Joe Bennett (Immortal Hulk), is the first spotlight one-shot focusing on the heroes infected by the Batman Who Laughs, leading the way to the December-debuting Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen!
The Infected: King Shazam! #1
Written by Sina Grace
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Belardino Brabo and Matt Santorelli
Colors by Hi-Fi
Cover art by David Marquez
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
Final Orders Due: Oct 14, 2019