Within the newest difficulty of Justice League, the members of Justice League Darkish elect a brand new chief of the crew after the departure of Marvel Lady.
WARNING: The next article comprises spoilers for the Justice League Dark story “Harmful Issues” by Ram V, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh, Andrea Shea, and Alex R. Carr, featured in Justice League #60, out there now.
Previous to “Infinite Frontier” and “Future State,” the Justice League Darkish was led by Marvel Lady. Nonetheless, with Marvel Lady at present on an adventure of her own and the heroes of the DCU believing her gone for good, the newly reformed Justice League Darkish is in want of a pacesetter.
This chapter of Justice League Darkish opens with the present members of the Justice League debating whether or not to contain Etrigan within the magical incarnation of the crew once more. Regardless of his historical past as a member of the crew (and his involvement with the “Future State” crew), Etrigan’s origin and sudden reappearance are carefully associated to the present risk confronted by the Justice League Darkish, Merlin. Etrigan was initially summoned to Earth to serve Merlin through the time of Camelot earlier than he certain the demon to Jason Blood.
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Given the risk Merlin poses to all magic customers, it is comprehensible why the heroes would err on the facet of warning relating to Etrigan’s present loyalties. If Etrigan have been to betray the crew for Merlin it might be disastrous. It is smart then for the crew to hunt the Justice League’s opinion on the matter, contemplating that they’re accustomed to coping with severe threats to the world.
Sadly, the heroes cannot agree on the difficulty, no less than not till Batman steps in. The Darkish Knight stays notably quiet as his fellow Justice League members converse, listening to what everybody has to say earlier than placing his playing cards on the desk. After everybody has had their say, Batman tells everybody that if Zatanna trusts Etrigan and, extra importantly, leads the Justice League Darkish, he could be snug with Etrigan’s involvement.
Zatanna is stunned by the suggestion. She is noticeably hesitant to guide, telling Batman that she does not consider she’s the proper particular person for the job. Batman tells her that her determining how you can defeat the Upside-Down Man is proof sufficient of why she ought to be chief. Zatanna means that the one motive she was ready to try this was due to Marvel Lady however with no Marvel Lady current, the opposite heroes rally round Zatanna, with Superman insisting that Diana would have needed her to guide.
After the matter is settled and Zatanna has been chosen because the Justice League Darkish’s new chief, Batman takes Etrigan to the facet and tells him the true motive for his actions. Batman tells the Demon that the rationale he vouched for the creature and the crew as an entire was due to Zatanna. Batman goes on to clarify that Zatanna must know that she will encourage others. Contemplating Zatanna’s insecurity in Batman selection, and her being unable to make use of her magic within the earlier JLD back-up story, it is smart why Batman would need to push her out of her consolation zone.
It isn’t simply that although, as Batman additional explains that the rationale he is doing this for Zatanna within the first place is as a result of he owes her father. Zatara was a buddy of Batman’s mother and father and skilled a younger Bruce Wayne within the artwork of phantasm and escape. With Zatanna losing her father all over again on the finish of the earlier Justice League Darkish collection, it is smart for Bruce to actually threaten a demon of hell with the intention to be certain that she is protected.
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