Justice League #5 Rewrites the Future of the DC Universe in Lex Luthor’s Image (Spoilers)

In today’s Justice League, featuring the Legion Of Doom, we get a most entertaining run through the bad guys of DC, and what Lex Luthor is doing to get them to tick. Scott Snyder uses Alan Moore‘s trick of having a dispassionate narrative voice describe voiceless panels, each dropping in an idea or making references to something unseen which could form an entire comic book series before moving onto the next, constantly leaving the reader wanting more.

But we also get to see Lex Luthor’s change of heart. How and why he turned from a man trying to do good, to the new leader of the Legion Of Doom. And it involved a trip to the future.

Reminiscent of Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, he sees a future in which he is celebrated…

…but only for his failure. Unable to grasp a simple truth about humanity. That everyone is awful and the myth of the superman is just that. Heroism is bunk.



Of course, what’s the odds that changing the future so that Lex Luthor can have what he wants right here and right now will prevent it ever happening in the first place? And that Luthor’s actions returning to villainy to seize control of all that is, all that was and all that will be, ends up stopping this very thing from happening, defeating this future, so that he ends up doing good?

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
Lex Luthor’s back in the present just trying to live his best life after seeing what the future could have held for him. Luthor’s new mantra? “Embrace Your Doom!” So now he’s rounding up a new Legion of Doom to go on a cosmic wilding and establish himself as the biggest baddie in the DCU. In full recruiting mode, Luthor approaches both Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd to join his new team, and he doesn’t exactly have to twist any arms. (They’ve got a matching 401K plan and great bennies, after all!)In Shops: Aug 01, 2018 SRP: $3.99

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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