WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for DCeased: Unkillables #3, by Tom Taylor, Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, Rex Lokus and Saida Temofonte, available now.
DCeased takes place in an alternate universe where the world has been taken over by a corrupted version of the Anti-Life Equation. This infection travels through digital devices, and it transforms anyone who looks upon it into a mindless, raging and murderous monster.
Throughout the original DCeased miniseries, some of the world’s greatest heroes fell to this Anti-Life virus: Batman, Nightwing, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern and many, many more were all turned into dangerous zombie-like creatures.
However, there are still a few survivors left to fight the good fight. In fact, in the original series ended with a group of superheroes leaving the Earth behind with a settlement of humans. What’s more, a few magical heroes had also escaped the onslaught. And in DCeased: Unkillables, we caught up with another group of survivors made up of vigilantes and criminals.
But, as we learn in Unkillables #3, a powerful DC hero is also actually hiding in plain sight: Lady Shazam, the hero formerly known as Mary Marvel.
The first two issues of DCeased: Unkillables starred two different groups of survivors: a group based in Gotham City was made up of Jason Todd, Cassandra Cain and Commissioner Jim Gordon, and the other was comprised of Deathstroke, Cheetah, Mirror Master and multiple other DC villains. Eventually however, both of those groups were brought together as circumstances force them to work together to survive. More importantly, these heroes and villains were now responsible for protecting an entire group of orphaned children.
In Unkillables #3, the ragtag group of survivors leaves their camp in order to travel inside a fortified convoy to reach the safety of Poison Ivy’s jungle walls in Gotham City. The road is perilous and filled with zombies, but things really take a turn for the worst when the infected Wonder Woman shows up. The monstrous Amazon Princess proceeds to kill some of the children’s protectors, such as Cheetah, Solomon Grundy and the Creeper. She then takes the bus full of children, flies it up in the sky and lets it drop — but this is when a powerful DC superhero is revealed to have been hiding among the children all this time.
Before the bus can crash down on the ground, Mary Bromfield screams “Shazam!” and activates her powers that make her one of Earth’s Mightiest Mortals. Not only does she save the lives of all the children, but she also engages in a brutal fight with Wonder Woman.
Mary’s survival is surprising, considering that she was hiding in plain sight in her younger form with the other children. She explains that the reason she remained hidden and inactive was that she didn’t want to risk being infected and transformed into a monster. Her powerful abilities could have made her a terrible danger to her friends and anyone else still left alive. But at this very moment, desperate times call for desperate measures.
What’s more, the moment also comes as a shock given that Unkillables #2 revealed Billy Batson had become one of the infected in his human form, and he was later gunned down by Deadshot. In fact, Mary reveals that she was the hero who locked him away while helping the orphans earlier.
Mary may not have wanted to end up like Billy, but she proves what a hero she is by playing a key role in holding off Wonder Woman long enough for the other surviving heroes to escape. Even though she’s not the most famous member of the Shazam! Family, Mary delivers an impressive performance against the zombified Wonder Woman that makes it clear why she’s one of DC’s mightiest Justice Leaguers.
And thankfully, Mary survives the ordeal by making her way to Poison Ivy’s protected part of Gotham. DCeased: Unkillables may have reached a conclusion, but this story is far from over. With the just-released DCeased: Hope at World’s End digital spinoff and the upcoming DCeased: Dead Planet sequel, Mary’s world-saving days are still just beginning.
Tom Taylor and Karl Mostert's DCeased: Unkillables #3 reveals that a surprising Justice League veteran survived the horrific zombie apocalypse.