WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Shazam! #7 by Geoff Johns, Dale Eaglesham, Scott Kolins, Michael Atiyeh and Rob Leigh, in stores now.
At the start of Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham's Shazam! series, Billy Batson and his foster sisters and brothers found a hidden room inside the Rock of Eternity called The Station. Appearing as an old train station, this room was actually a hub that allowed travel to seven Magiclands, other dimensions that constituted the whole of the Shazam mythos.
Over the course of the series, we learned more about these Magiclands and even visited some of them. There was, of course, the Earthlands (home to Billy's world), the Gamelands (a video game world come to life), the Funlands (ruled by the dangerous King Kid) and the Wildlands (where anthropomorphic animals rules over man). Now, in Shazam! #7, we visit two more Magiclands: the Darklands and the mysterious Wozenderlands.
While the former remains a black and white mystery, we find out all about the Wozenderlands. And it just so happens that this Magicland is actually a sort of Disneyland that combines elements of both The Wizard of Oz and Alice In Wonderland.
Right off the bat, Shazam #7 drops us right in the middle of the Wozenderlands -- and it starts with a scene Disney fans are sure to be familiar with. A white rabbit, dressed in plaid and holding a pocket watch, is running through the forest, lamenting how late he is. Clearly, this is meant to show that readers have found themselves, quite literally, down the rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland. However, things are also different.
This rabbit, who holds an ax, is in an enchanted forest filled with mischievous talking trees. And that's not all. The rabbit, who has gotten lost trying to follow "silly brick roads," is actually hunted by flying monkeys. Yes, those flying monkeys -- the ones with the wings and the funny hats. The attackers are in the service of the Wicked Witches of the North, South, East and West, while the white rabbit is trying to help Dorothy, Alice and the rest of their friends.
Therefore, Wozenderlands is an appropriate name for this realm, considering it combines both Oz and Wonderland in the same word. This Magicland is truly a mix of the mythology of The Wizard of Oz and Alice In Wonderland. Plus, a dash of DC is mixed in when the white rabbit recognizes the Wizard -- the one who gave Billy Batson his magical superpowers -- as the one true Wizard of Oz.
It's clear that this new Magicland has plenty of secrets that have yet to be revealed. But at least now we know that even the DC Universe is home to some sort of Disneyland. It's just a bit more terrifying than the one we know.
Shazam #7 is in stores now.