The war against the forces of anti-life is set to start. In DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #4 (by Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, Neil Edwards, Andy Lanning, Rain Beredo, Saida Temofonte) a top among the Justice League and the entire Green Lantern Corps saw the Guardians of the Universe use deadly force against the now interplanetary pandemic. Naturally, the Justice League was against this, which is why conflict between the two groups.
Unfortunately for them, the Guardians of the Universe have a point about the seriousness of the situation. While the League has a viable cure, their hopeful attitude is naive to an enemy who has no qualms about slaughtering anything that gets in their way. Ironically, in their attempt to provide a better solution, the Justice League could doom their universe.
The Justice League and the Guardians of the Universe make good points
There’s an old saying that goes, “War doesn’t decide who’s right – only who’s left.” In this issue, both sides represent this phrase as they debate the right course of action. The Justice League clearly wants to save lives rather than take them. Being at ground zero at the beginning of this epidemic, they understand how the first reaction to an army of zombies would be to give up saving those who were lost to protect those who remain. However, having learned that there was always a cure, they now have to come to terms with it the lives they wanted to destroy because they weren’t trying hard enough. This is not only about preventing further loss of life, but also about saving the Green Lantern Corps from the guilt of that decision.
On the other hand, the Guardians of the Universe do have a good point here. Back in the day, the Justice League would only take on hordes of normal undead with no powers. Granted, there were also a handful of heroes and villains, but they were a small part of the army and nowhere near the kind of power Darkseid musters at his side. Now the universe faces a literal army of undead gods who have carved their way through twelve planets, culminating in a body count of over one hundred billion.
To them, the idea of spending time and energy mass-producing a cure, and then exercising restraint in administering it, must seem like a silly message. Under normal circumstances one cannot hold back against the forces that come their way, to do so now would be deadly. As a result, both sides have their merits, but it’s the classic battle between optimism and pessimism, and given how things have been lately, the Justice League’s ideals don’t offer a promising resolution.
The Justice League’s hopes can destroy the DCeased Universe
The Justice League always wants to save lives, and that’s a noble thing. It speaks to their characters and beliefs that even in the face of such overwhelming odds, they still want to try to help rather than destroy. Unfortunately, they may be overestimating their chances in this war. Now with every passing second, Darkseid’s forces are getting stronger. To use the restraint needed to keep so many bodies whole and then create an opening to administer a cure doesn’t really seem possible.
Then there’s the fact that the remedy has not been established as functioning as a vaccine as well. There are too many unknowns in their plan and the potential risks far outweigh the potential benefits. This universe has repeatedly proven to be cold and cruelso maybe it’s time for the Justice League to cut their losses and focus on building a brighter future for the living.