Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Gary Frank and Ethan Van Sciver
With a charming variant cover by Ivan Reis, JL #0 marks the first official appearance of Shazam! in The New 52. Several concepts are introduced in this issue: The idea that magic exists but it's been hidden to make it seem like fantasy or fiction is pretty cool, as are the quick glimpses of the deadly sins, and the revelation about the fate of the wizards first seen in Free Comic Book Day. The fact that Shazam! is Billy's full potential and the old wizard's successor, also provides a clue of what's in store for the series' supporting characters. Gary Frank pulls some pretty awesome artwork with very detailed lines; his non-use of backgrounds here and there successfully highlights significant moments in the story. Another one who also rocks the pencils is guest artist Ethan Van Sciver, on the backup featuring Pandora; although a brief sequence, it packs some punch and serves as a means to utter a big, fateful word: Trinity.