Writer Joshua Williams
Artist David Marquez
Color Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer John J. Hill
Cover Marquez & Sanchez
Variant Cover Jerome Opena & Morry Hollowell
Bruce and Clark work together to find and enter the well-guarded lair of The Batman Who Laughs. Under the now legendary spot where the Waynes were murdered, Supes and Bats encounter automated defense robots and what would appear to be another Batcave. There they find a weapons case with 6 impressions of the batarangs that were once inside. Suddenly there’s a stir behind the desk, a Robin behind the desk appears to be in distress. Until you see his grin and he speaks his name, SHAZAM!
The fight is on! Shazam is here and he’s been infected. In this state, he’s a very large threat to not only Bruce and Clark but to Gotham as a whole. They need to find a way to stop Billy without hurting either him or anyone else. So, of course, Bruce has to be hurt instead. After some deliberation and bone mending, Bruce and Clark come up with a plan crazy enough to work.
I am very much enjoying this so far. It’s a thrill for me to see TBWL schemes come to fruition in their many parts. Williamson is bringing a decent amount of foreshadowing, mystery, and action in these two issues. Marquez bringing what is almost a hyper-real yet surreal artwork to the series that I feel seriously lends to the credibility. That smile from Billy is downright haunting and there’s not a soul on this Earth that can tell me otherwise. That doesn’t leave me without my own questions or gripes though. I’ll keep it short and not as querulous as my neck bearded self can be. Why oh why are we calling this infection and not jokerized, is there a difference?