Captain Marvel in “Disassembled” by Matt Duarte
Note from the author: I totally blew my deadline on this one, so I am backlogging it into the time it was supposed to be up. Sorry for the delay.
Description: Captain Marvel is grabbing Dr. Sivana by the neck, holding him above the ground. Sivana is defeated, almost unconscious, but the Captain is not looking at him. Instead, he is looking down at his navel.
CAPTION: It's funny, it didn't start with lighting and thunder, just with a small rumble, barely audible.
CAPTAIN MARVEL: I'm... hungry?
Description: Captain Marvel is facing a really big version of Mr. Mind. There is actually fear in the face of the big red cheese, it looks out of place and abnormal.
CAPTION: It spread far too soon, and the next thing to fall was my self-confidence.
CAPTAIN MARVEL: You will not win this time, Mr. Mind! I will not let you succeed!
CAPTAIN MARVEL (in smaller font): I hope...
Description: Captain Marvel is in the rock of eternity, talking to the Wizard Shazam. Both of them look worried as they walk side by side.
CAPTION: At first I thought this all-too sudden influx of very human emotions and feelings was related to my alter-ego as Billy.
SHAZAM: I think what happening is very clear. If you can't see it yourself, it means that not only has the stamina of Atlas and the courage of Achilles, but the Wisdom of Solomon has left you as well.
Description: A close up of Shazam, talking direly to Captain Marvel, who is shocked by the revelation.
CAPTION: It turned out to be much worse.
SHAZAM: The powers are abandoning you because these men of legend and gods are being reborn into Earth.
SHAZAM: We must find them before someone else does. Time is of the essence!
Next: Billy Batson: Agent of S.H.A.Z.A.M.
What would follow after this is a story where Billy Batson/Captain Marvel can only access one set of powers at once, and at a much lower level than his normal state. It would ideally be a spy-like tale with magic elements of him globe trotting finding these legendary beings being reborn into Earth rescuing them from organizations that are trying to use them for their own advantage. Completely different tone from the usual Captain Marvel story? Sure, but I think it would be fun to see regardless.