WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Shazam! #8 by Geoff Johns, Scott Kolins, Michael Atiyeh and Rob Leigh, on sale now.
When Billy Batson first became Earth's Mightiest Mortal in Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Shazam! during the New 52, it wasn't long before the young superhero tapped into his most powerful ability and shared his powers with his foster brothers and sisters. Then, there wasn't just one Shazam but six of them: Billy, Freddy, Eugene, Pedro, Darla and Mary, who now comprise the modern Shazam Family.
After DC Rebirth, Billy and his family continued their adventures when they discovered a train station in the Rock of Eternity that allowed them to travel to the seven Magiclands. As we learned more about the mysterious mythology of the Wizard and the Rock of Eternity, it was revealed there were seven original Champions -- which meant that the Shazam Family was still short one member.
Now, in Shazam! #8, Billy finally shares his power with a seventh member: his father, C.C. Batson, who instantly becomes DC's newest superhero... or did we just witness the creation of Shazam's next nemesis?
The seventh seat on the Council of Eternity is a much-coveted spot. In fact, we learned as much when King Kid, the self-proclaimed ruler of the Funlands, attempted to trick Billy into naming him the seventh Champion of his family. Thankfully, Billy didn't fall for his deception, but since then, there has been a certain amount of anticipation as we wondered who would become the newest Shazam.
The answer finally came in the series' latest issues after Billy's biological father C.C. was thrown to his death by the Seven Sins. Before he can hit the ground, however, Billy shares his power with him, bestowing upon his father all the abilities that come with being a member of the Shazam Family. Now, C.C. has the powers of super-strength, flight, electricity blasts and more.
Plus, he's got his own costume to match with the rest of the Champions. As we all know, each member has his or her own signature color: Pedro has a green costume, Mary has a red one just like Billy, Freddy's outfit is blue, while Darla and Eugene's costumes are purple and grey, respectively. Now, C.C.'s costume adds a new color to the Shazam rainbow: yellow. In fact, his outfit appears to be a reverse of Billy's colors, with yellow as the primary color and red highlights.
However, it's this very color scheme that has us worried. After all, supervillains in DC are notorious for sporting costumes that directly reflect the opposite of the superhero they're associated with. For an example, look no further than the Reverse-Flash, whose costume is the exact opposite of the Scarlet Speedster's.
Of course, Billy's father isn't a supervillain... yet. The truth is, we don't know all that much about him as the character first appeared seven issues ago. All we know is he's spent the last 10 years in prison following a bank robbery. He explained that his bad choices were done to help his family, and now that he's out, he just wants to reunite with Billy and his mother. However, there might be more to his story as well. Since he is already a felon, it's possible he might see potential in his new powers -- potential to wreak havoc and get what he really wants.
For now, we'll have to wait and see what C.C. Batson does with his powers, but in a superhero family led by Billy, there just might not be room for another Batson, and least of all an adult.