"Injustice: Gods Among Us - Chapter 19": Billy Batson is seen asking random people in a park questions regarding the Justice League's recent actions in the world. A teenage-punk couple say that he did the right thing, thinking the method of Superman's murder of The Joker was amazing, while an e
- ...Know that you are no different than me. You are choosing the same path. Your end will be the same. You will rule. You will bring about peace. But they will fear you.
Appearing in "Injustice: Gods Among Us - Chapter 19"
- Justice League
- Black Adam (First appearance)
- The Joker (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Injustice: Gods Among Us - Chapter 19"
Billy Batson is seen asking random people in a park questions regarding the Justice League's recent actions in the world. A teenage-punk couple say that he did the right thing, thinking the method of Superman's murder of The Joker was amazing, while an elderly woman does not comment out of paranoia. When asked why, she replied: "What if they're listening? They could be listening right now." A businesswoman also agrees with their actions, saying it should have happened long ago. Another gentleman asks Billy why he's doing this as Green Lantern is shown, unconscious, in a pile of rubble.
Wonder Woman calls out to Cyborg, asking if he's found The Flash and Green Lantern. When Cyborg comes upon his body, he notices his attacker rapidly approaching. Black Adam then appears, rips Cyborg's arm off and punches him back.
Back in the park, a businessman says the superheroes should hurry up and fix the corrupt politicians and executives who are doing damage to their country. A Middle Eastern woman then says she's seen a scenario similar to this, and that it always starts out with optimism and hope. However, "these beings would rule the world," she says, and laments the fact that if someone wanted to escape the Justice League, they would have no way to do so.
Wonder Woman then pounces on Black Adam, and Superman appears in an effort to restrain him. When they do so, Shazam comes out and tells Adam he's done. Black Adam says a shell was fired into Kahndaq, and that any country or person who threatens his land will face his wrath, so long as he has power. Diana then says they will take his power, and wraps the Lasso of Truth around his neck.
Billy tries to negotiate with Diana, saying Black Adam might not survive the transformation into his mortal form. When he asks Adam if there is another way he can stop killing, Adam says that there would be no way, that he would tear countries apart if they threatened Kahndaq.
He then turns the tables on Shazam, saying that he has chosen the same path as Adam. The people of Earth will live, but they will live to fear him and the Justice League.
When Diana asks Adam what his magic word is, he tries to get Billy to promise him that Kahndaq will be safe. The latter does not reply in time for Adam to say his word and transform back into Teth-Adam.
He survives the transformation and attempts to say his word again, but Wonder Woman covers his mouth, presumably killing him. When Shazam calls out to the innocent bystanders and tells them that it is safe, they say that it will never be safe, and that there are "powerful gods that would decide our future." When he tries to relate to the people, they shun him as being one of the gods.
Elsewhere, Billy asks himself the question he has been asking others and transforms into Shazam. Shazam and Billy have an internal debate as to whether or not they are doing the right thing. At the end, Billy feels guilty over the terrified Atlanteans and being responsible for what happened to Black Adam. He believes that the experiences are changing him, and "maybe that answers my question."
- This Chapter is published in print in Injustice: Gods Among Us #7.
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