Warning: SPOILERS for Batman/Superman #1
In just the first issue of DC's new Batman/Superman series, the magical hero Shazam has proven that he really can kick Superman's ass! And in far easier fashion than fans of either superhero would probably have expected.
Billy Batson has always been one of the most inspiring heroes in the DC Universe, but he has recently been turned to the dark side to become the monstrous villain known as King Shazam in the pages of Batman/Superman. He's not alone, either, as DC's heroes are turning evil one by one after they are infected with darkness. Shazam, also known as the young boy Billy Batson, was one of those sleeper agents, targeted by The Batman Who Laughs to tear the world apart. He reveals himself in Batman/Superman #1--but he hasn't come to ask for help, or act ashamed of who he is becoming. Quite the opposite. Billy claims that he was freed, and he let's Superman know it... right before he grabs him by the throat and proves once and for all that HE is the more powerful of the two.
For anyone who missed the setup to this new series, promised to be the biggest DC Comics story in years, The Batman Who Laughs has launched a plan to turn many of Batman and Superman's allies against them. In Batman/Superman #1 they realize they have no idea who they can trust, or who their enemy would have targeted. But as they are attacked by one of the evil Batman's sidekicks, they quickly realize they are mistaken. This boy was forced into the uniform, but he is no Robin. Unfortunately, it takes the heroes a moment to understand the truth... which is more time than a bolt of lightning takes to find this dark champion.
Comic fans are always speculating which of their favorite superheroes would win in a fight (or supervillains like Thanos and Darkseid). Well, DC fans no longer have to wonder about Superman and Shazam, since the challenge of bringing Superman to his knees is accomplished in a split second. Dark Shazam not only knocks down Batman, he gets the jump on Superman, stating that he always wondered if he could kick his ass. The answer is quite simple, and obvious: yes he can.
Sure, Batman and Superman were distracted, and likely don't want to hurt their fellow hero. But desperate times call for desperate measures. At the end of this issue Batman admits if heroes were to ever start acting like the villains, they would be better villains than they ever were. Will Dark Shazam get the better of Superman and Batman? Or will they flip the script on him? Find out when the fight between Batman, Superman, and King Shazam takes to the skies in Issue #2.
- BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 (2019)
- Written by: Joshua Williamson
- Art by: David Marquez
- Cover by: David Marquez
- Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one - for the infected walk among us. Spinning out of the devastating events of THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS, Superman and Batman are together once more in an all-new monthly series - and they're facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever. Our heroes will need to fight to survive, but an even more dangerous question lurkes in the shadows: Can Superman and Batman even trust each other?
Batman/Superman #1 is available at your local comic shop, or direct from DC Comics.