Warning! Spoilers for Justice League: Last Ride #1 by DC Comics below.
In a story that sees the Justice League fractured after the death of a long-term member, Martian Manhunter, the team is called back into action to deal with the person responsible for the shocking death of DC’s New Gods. In Justice League: Last Ride, the Justice League learns Lobo, the most wanted criminal in the universe for killing the gods, has been captured and is being put to justice for his heinous crimes.
The New Gods are among the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. Created by Jack Kirby, the New Gods live on the rival planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. Both planets represent good and evil, as Highfather’s New Genesis is a paradise full of technological innovation. Meanwhile, Apokolips, ruled by Darkseid, is a Hellscape of fire and chaos. The New Gods have been major players in the pages of DC Comics, with the more recent critically acclaimed miniseries Mister Miracle and Female Furies starring the iconic characters. A New Gods movie was even planned for the DCEU from Ava Duvernay but was recently canceled.
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Justice League: Last Ride #1 by Chip Zdarsky, Miguel Mendcona, Enrica Angiolini, and Andworld Design, the Justice League is reunited upon the news the Green Lantern Corps has captured Lobo. While capturing the Czarian antihero might not seem like a big enough deal to call for the League to reform amidst numerous broken relationships, it’s revealed Lobo is actually the most wanted man in the entire universe, as he was responsible for killing the New Gods.
While the comic doesn’t reveal how Lobo managed to kill the New Gods, it’s quite an evil accomplishment. The New Gods are near-invulnerable characters with some incredible technical prowess. Lobo would have to do something truly incredible to wipe out the entire race. As the most wanted man in the universe, the Corps turned to the League to help Lobo stay hidden from all his enemies who want him dead. They want him to see justice for his crimes. The Justice League decides to take on the case, as Batman suggests hiding him on Apokolips.
While this story isn’t a part of DC’s main continuity, killing off the entire New Gods – especially in the wake of the film starring the characters being canceled – must feel like a dagger for readers wanting to see more of the longtime Jack Kirby heroes and villains. However, in this particular story, establishing Lobo as a threat big enough to reform the Justice League and make him the most wanted man in the universe isn’t easy, so killing the New Gods makes sense for this tale. Justice League: Last Ride is in comic book stores now!
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