DC just introduced the DC Mech Justice League

The following contains spoilers for DC Mech #5, which is available now from DC Comics.

DC mech was a colorful and fun adaptation of traditional DC heroes that rearranged the origins and elements of the classic universe by introducing giant robots into the mix. Now, with the fate of this world unfolding in the form of Darkseid, the universe has finally been given its own take on a classic concept.

The Justice Squadron officially debuts in DC mech #5 (by Kenny Porter, Baldemar Rivas, Mike Spicer and Tom Napolitano), which gives the DC/Gundam universe its own take on the Justice League – while quietly introducing even more mech versions of classic heroes that may be to come, to help the central occupation in the coming battle.

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DC Mech finally has its own Justice League

Justice Squadron DC Mech

Although there is a wide range of heroes on Earth DC mech, the group was previously defined by dysfunction. The arrival of Kal-El threw the group’s already tumultuous alliance into further turmoil, and the loss of several allies (including this world’s Steve Trevor) only embittered the likes of Wonder Woman and The Flash from Superman even more. But none of this has lessened the danger presented by the coming of Darkseid and his armada, prompting the Green Lantern Mech and Flash Mech to spring into action. In the ensuing battle, John Stewart finally gains control of the lantern powering his armor at the expense of Hal Jordan (who sacrifices himself to save his co-pilot from certain doom).

But victory gives the heroes time to complete repairs and upgrades to their mechs, with Alfred (a crack mechanic in this timeline instead of a dedicated butler) even upgrading Kal-El’s mech with a more powerful solar battery. The result is the creation of the Justice Squadron – featuring giant mech versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern uniting as the first team lineup. As the world watches, Kal-El announces their presence and makes it clear that, victory or defeat, they are ready to give their all against the forces of Apokolips. It also looks like they’re not alone, as it turns out that Star City, Tokyo and the Pacific Ocean are protected by mechanized versions of Green Arrow, Katana and Aquaman respectively.

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DC Mech could introduce more team ups

Justice Squadron DC Mech (1)

It’s a big moment for DC mech, which so far has highlighted the rifts among heroes rather than focusing on their common goal. Now that they are united, the Justice Squadron could turn to these other featured heroes for help. There could also be many other characters hiding from the limelight, perhaps explaining the apparent lack of magical heroes in this world. While the primary squadron is only five people, the other heroes could easily play a role in the final battle (as could the corrupt Bizarro Mech built by Lex Luthor, causing trouble to spiral out of control).

All of this seems to tap into the inherent potential of DC mechwhich unveils a version of the superhero universe that draws as much from Superman as it does from them gundam Franchise. Even the team of five heroes from unique corners of the world with specialized mech designs can be seen as a nod to the five main characters Gundam Wings, which also focused on a team of five pilots. It’s an entertaining culmination of the miniseries to the point, and could help set the stage for further adventures if the team is able to overcome the threat posed by Darkseid and his army. Especially as the multiverse becomes a dominant element in DC Comics, it will be exciting to see what this timeline becomes in future stories – and how it might play a role in other events.


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