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Shazam Reveals His 'Ultimate Power' and Creates a New... Shazam!?

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Shazam! #8 by Geoff Johns, Scott Kolins, Michael Atiyeh and Rob Leigh, on sale now.

The latest volume of Shazam! picked up right where the New 52 story left off. Not long after Billy Batson became the super-powered Shazam, he learned to share his power with his foster siblings and created the Shazam Family. Then, at the start of this new chapter, Billy, Mary, Freddy, Eugene, Pedro and Darla began to explore the Rock of Eternity and discovered a magical train that could take them to other realms: the Magiclands.

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As the Shazam Family began to explore these new worlds, new details about the Shazam mythology were revealed. In fact, it's revealed that the exclamation point at the end of the "Shazam!" expression was not just punctuation -- it actually represents the seventh Champion that gives Billy his powers, alongside Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. Since then, it's become clear that there were indeed seven seats on the Council of Eternity, and that the Shazam Family is still short one member.

King Kid, the villainous ruler of the Funlands, attempted to trick Billy into sharing his power with him, something that would have made him the seventh and final member of the Family. However, he was defeated. Now, in Shazam! #8, Billy finally bestows his power upon a seventh Champion -- and it's safe to say it's someone we never saw coming: his biological father.

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C.C. Batson made his Rebirth appearance in Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham's Shazam! #1. He knocked on the door of Billy's foster parents and introduced himself as his biological father. Although it took a little time for the two to meet, father and son were reunited in Shazam! #6, where C.C. revealed that he had spent the last ten years in prison after committing a robbery that, in his own words, was meant to help Billy and his mother. Now, he is out on parole and wants to put his family back together.

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However, things take a drastic turn in Shazam! #8, after C.C. comes to the attention of Doctor Sivana and Black Adam, who are currently working together. After Adam attempts to kill his father, Billy intervenes, knocking the villain away. But the recently-awakened Seven Sins take C.C. into the sky and drop him to his death. Held back by the flying monsters, Billy has no way to reach his father in time. But there is something else he can do to save him. Thinking back on the day the wizard first gave him his powers, Billy recalls his ultimate power: family and his potential to create the family he wants.

As his father falls to the ground, Billy reaches out and shares his power. He implores C.C. to "say the magic word," and spells it out for him. Then, before he hits the pavement, Billy's father speaks the word and transforms into the seventh member of the Shazam Family. Like all the others, C.C. has his own costume, with his very own color scheme: yellow, with red highlights.

Now, the new council is complete. With C.C. as the final Champion, we will finally see what a fully-powered Shazam Family can do. That is if C.C. Batson actually chooses to use his powers for good.

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