Shazam! Star Zachary Levi Co-Writes His DC Hero's New Comic

Nov 20, 2022 · 10


Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the next DC Studios film to have its stars pen their very own comic title.

Announced alongside DC Comics' February 2023 solicitations, the anthology one-shot Shazam! Fury of the Gods Special: Shazamily Matters #1 features stories co-written by Shazam! star Zachary Levi and actors Grace Caroline Currey, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Adam Brody and Faithe Herman. The issue also features contributions made by Fury of the Gods screenwriter Henry Gayden and other comic creators, such as Colleen Doran, Josh Trujillo and Tim Seeley.

SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS SPECIAL: SHAZAMILY MATTERS #1

  • Written by ZACHARY LEVI, GRACE CAROLINE CURREY, ROSS BUTLER, D.J. COTRONA, ADAM BRODY, FAITHE HERMAN, HENRY GAYDEN, COLLEEN DORAN, JOSH TRUJILLO, TIM SEELEY, and others
  • Art by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS II and ANDREW DRILON
  • Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
  • Variant cover by MAYO “SEN” NAITO
  • Variant cover by LOGAN FAERBER
  • Photo variant cover
  • 1:25 variant cover by STEPHEN BYRNE
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
  • $9.99 US | 96 pages | One-Shot | Prestige | (all covers are card stock)
  • ON SALE 2/28/23
  • This 96-page giant features stories starring all of your favorite Shazam! characters as written by the actors who play them! Actor Zachary Levi takes the reins on writing Shazam, and Adam Brody, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Grace Caroline Currey, and Faithe Herman wield the mighty pen for their Shazamily superheroes! Battle zombies, befriend dinosaurs, try to get a phone signal in a world of barbarians, explore glitter land, and more just in time for the release of the brand-new feature film Shazam! Fury of the Gods! Made with all the love and fun of a superhuman family cookout!

Drawing its title from the American sitcom Family Matters, details for the issue tease the appearance of different worlds and creatures, including zombies, dinosaurs and a place called "glitter land." Shazamily Matters arrives after a string of prequel comics created to tie into DCU films releasing between 2022 and 2023. Previously, DC published one-shots focusing on the four members of the DCU's Justice Society of America ahead of the team's appearance in Black Adam, along with a prequel miniseries set before The Flash movie, titled The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive.

Shazamily Matters marks the second instance in recent time that a DCU star penned a comic involving their big screen character. Following the release of The Batman, it was announced that Riddler actor Paul Dano would be writing a prequel comic diving into the mind of the villain. Illustrated by Stevan Subic and unlike Shazamily Matters, Dano's Riddler: Year One is set to be a six-issue miniseries that releases new issues bi-monthly, as opposed to a single oversized one-shot.

2023 Is the Year of Shazam!, Both in Film and Comics

In 2023, DC Comics will also launch a new Shazam! series as part of the comic book DC Universe. Announced for 2023's "Dawn of DC" lineup, Shazam! will feature the same creative team as the ongoing series Batman/Superman: World's Finest: writer Mark Waid and artist Dan Mora. The previous Shazam! title was a four-issue miniseries that spun out of Teen Titans Academy and released across 2021.

As for Fury of the Gods, the sequel features the return of Levi and the cast of 2019's Shazam!, pitting them against gods this time around as opposed to actor Mark Strong's Doctor Sivana. The film welcomes Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu to the DCU as the villains Hespera and Kalypso, respectively. Another newcomer being introduced in the sequel is actor Rachel Zegler as Anthea.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is slated to strike theaters on March 17, 2023. Shazamily Matters releases weeks beforehand on Feb. 28, featuring interior art by Freddie E. Williams II and Andrew Drilon, main and variant cover art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, along with variant cover artwork contributed to by Mayo "Sen" Naito, Logan Faerber and Stephen Byrne.

Source: DC Comics

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