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|As a result of the New 52 in 2011, the entire line of DC characters was relaunched, incorporating properties belonging to the company's imprints: Wildstorm, Milestone, and Vertigo. As such, elements of this character's history have been altered in some way from the previous incarnation's. For a complete list of all versions of this character, see our disambiguation page.|
When Mary Bromfield was young her parents died under unknown circumstances she was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Vasquez, who were themselves foster children. Eventually other children joined the family including Darla Dudley, Freddy Freeman, Eugene Choi and Pedro Peña. On one occasion Mary rescued a rabbit from a pet store that was going to be subjected to cosmetic testing.
Mr. and Mrs. Vasquez decided they wished to adopt another child, this prompted the arrival of Billy Batson who was the same age as Mary. Billy was originally hostile towards the whole family but when Mary was attacked at school by children who were the sons of a wealthy a corrupt businessman named Bryers, Billy saved her.
A couple of nights later Bryers came to the door of the Vasquez residence accusing Billy of destroying his car, however Billy had been missing since yesterday. A news bulletin came on the tv warning residents of Philadelphia that a new super-villain named Black Adam was rampaging downtown and demanding that the new hero known as Shazam should face him. Freddy then told Mary and the other foster children that Billy was the hero that Black Adam was searching for.
Freddy told Mary and the other children that Billy was gifted magical powers by a dying Wizard, allowing him to transform into an immortal adult; cast spells; fly; and possess super-strength. Black Adam was an ancient Egyptian with the same gifts as Billy who wanted to steal Billy's power for himself. Mary and the kids found Billy at the zoo where he was hiding with a tiger named Tawny who he used to visit with his parents.
Bill decided the key to defeating Black Adam would be found in the Rock of Eternity—the Wizard's fortress at the center of existence. Mary and the other kids travelled into a subway tunnel with Billy, after claiming to talk to a woman on Eugene's ipad that nobody else could hear Billy rushed back out of the tunnel to face Adam. Mary and the others followed Billy out of the tunnel but were grabbed by Black Adam.
- Divine Empowerment: When Billy casts the magic spell Mary gains all the same powers as shazam. She also grows into an adult version of herself.
- Superhuman Strength: Mary is able to fight toe-to-toe with godly beings such as Black Adam and the demonic Bryers.
- Superhuman Durability
- Heat Resistance: Mary is capable of withstanding strong hellfire, even while in a weakened form.
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Magic: Mary is capable of wielding magic in a similar was to Billy, possessing a variety of magical abilities.
- Flight: With Billy's gift Mary is capable of flying unaided.
- Mary Bromfield was created by Otto Binder and Marc Swayze, first appearing in Captain Marvel Adventures #18. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Mary Bromfield first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Justice League (Volume 2) #8 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
- Unlike other versions of this character, Mary is not known to be the biological sister of Billy Batson.
- 10 Appearances of Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
- 7 Images featuring Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
- Quotations by or about Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Mary Bromfield (Prime Earth)
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