“Black Adam,” meanwhile, follows up on the recent “Shazam” serial from the pages of “Justice League.”
“Our story is about a pair of siblings in the fictional country of Kahndaq. One of them is trying to effect change through peaceful means, the other tries to use magic to get what he wants. They get involved with Black Adam and — well, things don't go very well for either of them,” Gates said. “Geoff and I have really tried to tell a story that's topical to what's going on in our world today, even as we deal with the ramifications of the story he and Gary Frank did in ‘Shazam.'”
Gates said Villains Month and stories of the bad guys appeal to a part of human nature.
“We like getting a look at the dark and twisted corners of the world,” Gates said. “There's a thrill in it, and afterwards we can set the book down or turn off the movie and return to the relative safety of our normal lives.”
In addition to his Villains Month titles, Gates continues as writer of the ongoing series “Justice League of America's Vibe,” starring the Hispanic hero Francisco Ramon.
“I hope people are checking out Vibe!” Gates said. “I think it's a good book and I feel like we're really telling a wonderful story about a teenager who just wants to do good in the DC Universe. That's almost a rare thing in comics these days, stories of heroes who just want to do what's right.”