It's DC's Year of the Villain, and while we know Shazam isn't the only DC hero who's been infected by The Batman Who Laughs, we have to wait a while to see how the infections play out. Now, however, we know that their corruption will extend beyond the core story that will unfold in the pages of Joshua Williamson and David Marquez's Batman/Superman.
Throughout November and December, The Infected, the six heroes who have been touched by the Dark Multiverse's twisted Batman, will star in their own one-shots or tie-in issues, showcasing each one's personal battle with the Dark Knight and Man of Steel, as well as themselves.
The first one-shot arrives November 6 in the pages of The Infected: King Shazam! #1 by writer Sina Grace and artist Joe Bennett. One of the DC Universe's younger heroes, Blue Beetle, will also fall and have his story explored in The Infected: Scarab #1, arriving November 20 from Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum and Freddie E. Williams II. Both one-shots feature covers by David Marquez and Dean White, and can be seen below.
The Shazam one-shot is described by DC as "One is a story of a hero whose soul has been turned black and who has something to prove to the old guard," while Blue Beetle's story is "a tale of a hero fighting the evil inside him, with his friends and family about to pay the price…and then some."
Between these one-shots, both Hawkman and Supergirl will find themselves corrupted in their own ongoing titles. November 13 sees the release of Supergirl #36, by Marc Andreyko, Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira, and Hawkman #18, by Robert Venditti, Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer. The Hawkman cover is by Tyler Kirkham, while Dan Mora provides the cover art for Supergirl.
The final two heroes infected by The Batman Who Laughs' virus will receive special one-shots of their own in December. While DC has not yet revealed who the final two infected heroes are, the publisher does point readers to Scott Snyder and Jock's recently concluded The Batman Who Laughs miniseries for clues, along with Williamson and Marquez's upcoming Batman/Superman.