fbpx
Telegram

DC Is Setting the Stage to Permanently Redeem Black Adam – TheFantasyTimes

Photo of author

By Jitin Gambhir

DC Is Setting the Stage to Permanently Redeem Black Adam


Warning: Spoilers for Shazam! (2023) #2 ahead!Black Adam and his horrifying punishment of five thousand years in exile has always existed as a cautionary tale about the misuse of immense power, but Billy Batson’s struggles with empathy and compassion in his super-powered form suggest that Black Adam may not be solely responsible for his own wrongdoings. If this is the case, it would absolve one of DC’s greatest villainous figures from the majority of his crimes, paving the way for a truly heroic redemption.




Mark Waid, Dan Mora, and Alejandro Sanchez’s Shazam! (2023) introduces a fresh beginning for the character, as Billy Batson takes on the mantle of a hero under the guise of his super-powered alter-ego, now commonly known as “the Captain.” In the second issue of the series, titled “Meet the Captain, Chapter 2,” Billy is shaken after the Captain suddenly erupts in unexplained rage towards innocent civilians. This incident leaves Billy hesitant to transform again until he can understand what triggered such an outburst. However, when a museum robbery by the Psycho-Pirate forces his hand, Billy transforms into the Captain once more. Unfortunately, he once again succumbs to recklessness and disdain for those around him, almost killing the Psycho-Pirate before regaining control. The issue concludes with a horrified Billy vowing to never use his powers again.

Related: Black Adam’s Biggest Fear Finally Makes the Ultimate Antihero Vulnerable



Billy Batson’s Wrath Is Not His Own

Wrath of the Captain

Billy’s childlike sense of joy and curiosity has always set him apart from his predecessor, Black Adam, who infamously used his powers to rule with an iron fist. The series Black Adam

x

Warning: Spoilers for Shazam! (2023) #2 ahead!Black Adam and his horrific punishment of five thousand years in exile has always existed as a cautionary tale about the abuse of incredible power, but Billy Batson’s struggles with empathy and compassion in his super-powered form suggest that Black Adam may not have been to blame for his own misdeeds. If so, it would exonerate one of DC’s greatest villainous figures from the majority of his crimes, setting him on the path to a truly heroic redemption.




Mark Waid, Dan Mora, and Alejandro Sanchez’s Shazam! (2023) marks a fresh start for the character, with Billy Batson operating as a hero under the guise of his super-powered alter-ego, now colloquially known as “the Captain.” The series’ second issue, “Meet the Captain, Chapter 2,” sees Billy shaken after the Captain explodes in inexplicable rage at some helpless civilians, and leaves him reluctant to transform again until he can figure out what triggered the outburst. When a museum robbery by the Psycho-Pirate leaves him no choice, Billy transforms into the Captain again. However, he is once more overcome by recklessness and disdain for the people around him, nearly murdering the Psycho-Pirate before he can come to his senses. The issue concludes with a horrified Billy resolving to never use his powers again.

Related: Black Adam’s Biggest Fear Finally Makes the Ultimate Antihero Vulnerable



Billy Batson’s Wrath Is Not His Own

Wrath of the Captain

Billy’s childlike sense of fun and wonder has always set his tenure as the Wizard’s champion apart from that of his predecessor, Black Adam, who was infamous for using the Wizard’s power to rule with an iron fist. Christopher Priest, Rafa Sandoval, and Matt Herms’ Black Adam (2022) covers Adam’s fall in greater detail: how he killed his nephew to keep the Wizard’s power for himself, and how, after serving generations of Pharaohs, Adam became fed up with their petty whims and slew the reigning king to take the throne. While his intentions in his rule were ostensibly good (to mete out the justice the Pharaohs refused to serve), Adam’s philosophy of “justice or death” showed little value for human life.

Shazam is Beholden to the Whims of the Gods

Gods Discuss Billy Batson

This sudden reversal of the Captain’s demeanor flips the script. It is implied that the figures who have had their powers bestowed their powers upon Billy (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury) are influencing his behavior; therefore, the egomania and cruelty the Captain displays is actually their own. If Black Adam’s pantheon (Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton, Mehen) had found similar fault with Adam, then it is possible that the growing callousness and cruelty that prompted him to usurp the throne was not actually his fault; rather, he would not truly be the perpetrator of his crimes, but instead the weapon through which the gods enacted them.

While the crime of murdering his nephew is ultimately Adam’s own, this was before he was bestowed with the Wisdom of Zehuti, and as Adam rarely transformed back to his unpowered self, this would mean that the bulk of his thinking throughout his rule was dictated by Zehuti’s logic and was not truly his own. Similarly, Billy Batson seeks to escape the Captain’s growing arrogance by never embracing his powers again in order to retain control of his faculties. This implies that the person who channels the Wizard’s power has different thoughts and will than their empowered self. Should this theory prove correct, it would ultimately absolve Black Adam of generations of oppression, narratively paving the way for his redemption.

Shazam! (2023) #2 is now available from DC Comics.

Join us on Telegram

Best Fantasy NEWS Website

The Fantasy Times is the top fantasy news platform for staying up-to-date with the fantasy world. We have a team of knowledgeable sports, movies, tv series, web series researchers and authors who give you free updates on your fantasy topic and news. Our team is extremely talented and has extensive knowledge of websites that offer fantasy movies, entertainment news, lifestyle, celebrities, sports strategies, news, insights, analysis and much more.

The consistent good feedback from our customers proves that we are the top fantasy news website for providing fantasy news, live cricket tracking, updates, stats, feedback and much more. Before every match, our qualified professionals conduct challenging analysis only for you. Along with the ideal players and their respective teams, you can also find player after-match insights and strategies here.

We can tell you that you are in the proper location right now if you have been searching everywhere for the Best Entertainment and Lifestyle News website. You may check out all the updates by joining our Best Entertainment News Updates Telegram Channel.

We use cookies in order to give you the best possible experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies.
Accept