The Big Red Cheese is back!
At San Diego Comic-Con today, DC Comics announced that Shazam, the hero formerly known as Captain Marvel, is getting a new ongoing series from superstar writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham, starting in November. It’s a fitting tie-in, considering the character is getting his first big-screen solo film in the spring of 2019, starring Zachary Levi as the titular hero.
DC Comics shared the first image from the new Shazam! ongoing series this afternoon, with the message “It’s time to say the magic word again.”
The comic follows Billy Batson, a kid who can become a super-powered adult by shouting the magic word “Shazam.”
Batson’s last big comics appearance was a back-up in Justice League, also written by Johns, detailing the New 52 origin of the character. Details are slim on this new series' plot, but it looks to be following on that interpretation, with the wider Marvel family of Billy’s friends (who were all empowered by Shazam) gracing the cover.
Johns and Eaglesham had previously worked together on DC’s Justice Society of America series.
Shazam! will hit stands in November. Shazam! the film, from director David Sandberg, will be released April 5.
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