Writer Joshua Williamson
Artist David Marquez
Colorist Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer John J. Hill
Cover Marquez & Sanchez
Variant Cover Paolo Pantalina & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Clark and Bruce have to fight an infected Billy Batson. Being a child, there’s no way he can get any form of control when this happens. Recognizing that, the two heroes spring into action. Shazam Who Laughs, having no reason at all to hold back. Deals with the two handily. Being magic Superman has its perks. Inside the base they find multiple toxin-coated batarangs with symbols on each of them and a case they were held in. The imprints inside of the case tell the duo that there are more of these out there. They’re gonna have to put their heads together to figure out where they are. To do that is going to take a big risk.
Clark infects himself. In a ploy to perhaps infiltrate TBMWL plans, figure out what he’s doing, and stop that from happening. Clark is being used to help this deranged Bruce escape the Hall of Justice. One more important stop before he leaves though. Smiley Bruce wants to stop at the armory on his way out. While there he tells Clark the idea, to have his infected kill every living thing in the multiverse. This sets Clark off and our Bruce is sure he’s lost control. Blowing his cover he stops his friends from killing his giggly doppelganger.
At the halfway mark these issues are turning out rather great. Bruce finally working with someone he is forced to respect as an equal really changes the dynamic for him. With Clark helping, Bruce turns more into a Nick Fury type of role delegating labor and curating the evidence, filtering out what’s needed and not. Clark being the voice of reason that must be listened to, for if not Bruce will have all of the feathers ruffled by Clark handling things his without informed consultation.