The Justice Leagues morality can derail the DC Universe

The war against the forces of anti-life is at hand. in the DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #4 (by Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, Neil Edwards, Andy Lanning, Rain Beredo, Saida Temofonte) At a summit between the Justice League and the entire Green Lantern Corps, the Guardians of the Universe authorized deadly force against the now interplanetary pandemic. Of course, the Justice League opposed it, causing conflict between the two groups.

Unfortunately, the Guardians of the Universe have a point regarding the seriousness of the situation. Though the League has an effective cure, its hopeful attitude in the face of an enemy unqualified to slaughter anything in its path is naïve. Ironically, in their attempt to offer a better solution, the Justice League may derail their universe.

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The Justice League and the Guardians of the Universe make good points

There’s an old saying, “War doesn’t determine who’s right – only who’s left.” In this issue, both sides defend that phrase while debating the right course of action. The Justice League obviously wants to save lives instead of taking them. Being at ground zero when this epidemic began, they understand how the first reaction to an army of zombies would be to stop rescuing the lost to protect those who remained. However, after learning that there is always a cure out there, they must now make amends with the life they destroyed by not trying hard enough. It’s not just about preventing more casualties, it’s also about keeping the Green Lantern Corps from taking the blame for that decision.

On the other hand, the Guardians of the Universe have a good point here. Previously, the Justice League only dealt with hordes of normal undead without powers. Granted, there were also a handful of heroes and villains flipped as well, but they made up a small portion of the army and didn’t have nearly the kind of strength that Darkseid gathers at his side. Now the universe faces a literal army of undead gods who have slaughtered their way through twelve planets, culminating in body counts in excess of a hundred billion.

To them, the idea of ​​spending time and energy mass-producing a cure and then administering it with restraint must seem like a silly thing to do. Under ordinary circumstances one cannot resist the forces coming their way, it would be fatal to do so now. As a result, both sides have their merits, but it’s the classic battle between optimism and pessimism, and given how things have been of late, Justice League ideals don’t offer a promising solution.

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The Justice League’s hope can destroy the DCeased universe

Both sides have a point

The Justice League always wants to save lives, and that’s a noble cause. It speaks to their character and belief that even in the face of such overwhelming odds, they still want to try and help rather than destroy. Unfortunately, they may overestimate their chances in this war. With every second that passes, Darkseid’s forces grow more powerful. Exercising the necessary restraint to keep so many bodies unharmed and then creating an opening to deliver a cure doesn’t really seem possible.

Added to this is the fact that the remedy does not also act as a vaccine. There are too many unknowns in their plan, and the potential risks far outweigh the potential benefits. This universe has repeatedly proven itself cold and cruel, so perhaps it’s time the Justice League cut their losses and focus on building a better future for the living.


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