The Shazam! sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, is set to hit theaters on March 17, 2023, but fans of the cinematic versions of these classic characters won't have to wait too long to see them; they'll be making an appearance in a one-shot comic published the month before the film premieres. And some of these stories will be written by the actors themselves.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods Special: Shazamily Matters #1 will be a giant 96-page one-shot anthology featuring stories written by Shazam! cast members Zachary Levi, Grace Caroline Currey, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Adam Brody, Faithe Herman, Shazam! co-writer Henry Gayden, as well as comics pros Colleen Doran, Josh Trujillo, Tim Seeley, and more. The artists on the issue areFreddie E. Williams II and Andrew Drilon, and the main cover will be provided by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Variant cover artists include Mayo 'Sen' Naito, Logan Faerber, Stephen Byrne, Jim Lee and Scott Williams. There will also be a photo variant featuring the cast of Shazam! Fury of the Gods.Here's a complete list of the stories in the anthology Shazam! Fury of the Gods Special: Shazamily Matters #1, and who each will be created by:
- Billy Batson and the 'Shazamily' in “Door to Death', written by Zachary Levi, D.J. Cotrona, and Colleen Doran, with art from Freddie Williams II, Andrew Dalhouse and Dave Sharpe
- Darla in 'Darla’s Keeper', written by Faithe Herman and Amanda Deibert, with art by Erica Henderson and Josh Reed
- Pedro in 'The Big Game', written by D.J. Cotrona and Tim Seeley, with art by Jorge Corona and Patrick Brosseau
- The Shazamily in 'Crocodile Catastrophe', written by David F. Sandberg and Scott Kolins, with art by Kolins, John Kalisz, and Dave Sharpe
- Eugene in 'Time Out', written by Ross Butler and Josh Trujillo, with art by Andrew Drilon and Wes Abbott
- Mary in 'Darla’s Birthday', written by Grace Caroline Currey, with art by Damian Fulton, Nick Filardo and Justin Birch
- Freddy in 'Dogtown and Blue Boy', written by Adam Brody and Kenny Porter, with art by Mike Norton, Allen Passalaqua, and Ferran Delgado
- Billy Batson in 'Leadership Qualities', written by Henry Gayden, with art by Scott Godlewski, Alex Guimares and Saida Temofonte
The official description from DC Comics for Shazamily Matters #1 reads: "This 96-page giant features stories starring all of your favorite Shazam! characters as written by the actors who play them! Actor Zachary Levi takes the reins on writing Shazam, and Adam Brody, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Grace Caroline Currey, and Faithe Herman wield the mighty pen for their Shazamily superheroes! Battle zombies, befriend dinosaurs, try to get a phone signal in a world of barbarians, explore glitter land, and more just in time for the release of the brand-new feature film Shazam! Fury of the Gods! Made with all the love and fun of a superhuman family cookout!"
Check out the gallery of released variant images here:
It's interesting to note that as this is actually the second Shazam comic announcement of the day, following DC Comics' earlier news that this June will see a new Shazam! series by Mark Waid and Dan Mora, featuring the return of Billy Batson.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods Special: Shazamily Matters #1 will be on sale February 28, 2023, leading into the film's launch in March.
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