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This DC superhero has an ‘Endgame’ moment in Justice League #75

The Justice League is dead… but they died as heroes.

And one of them had his Endgame “I…am…Iron Man” moment.

Think back to 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Just as Thanos is about to use the Infinity Stones to wipe out all life in the universe, Tony Stark urges him on. When it seems that he has given up all hope, Tony reveals that he has swept away the stones and prepares to use his power. But just before he does, Tony uses his last breath to speak his last words and shakes the hearts of a decade-old budding film fan base.

Justice League #75

Cover of Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

Say it again with us…

“I am Iron Man.”

It was more than just a callback to Iron Man’s last words from 2008. Those last four words from Tony Stark perfectly encapsulate what his character has always been in the MCU, a quick-witted, quick-witted, gold-hearted know-it-all. They were proof that even when things seemed darkest, Tony was still himself.

Three years after that cinematic milestone, Marvel’s larger rival universe is facing a pretty bleak situation, perhaps even bleaker than the events of Endgame. This crisis is “The Death of the Justice League,” which currently takes place in issue #75 of the DC comic of the same name.

Similar to Endgame, the events of this book weigh heavily on the universe in which it takes place. But just like in that movie, there is one character who doesn’t let his dire situation ruin his cocky attitude…and manages to save the day anyway.

Spoilers ahead for Justice League #75

Justice League #75 on April 26 is drawn by Rafa Sandoval, written by Joshua Williamson, inked by Jordi Tarragona, colored by Matt Herms, and lettered by Josh Reed. It begins with members of the Justice League being teleported from where they are across the universe. Superman is plucked from Warworld’s orbit, Batman plucked from Gotham, Green Lantern plucked from OA, and more.

Everyone is transported one by one until the selection reaches Dina Lance, also known as the Black Canary. Her longtime lover Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow sees her being “teleported” from her and decides he doesn’t have her, clings to her and completes the teleport alongside her. Oliver, Dinah, and the rest of the core members of the Justice League gather at the House of Heroes, home of the Justice League Incarnate, protectors of the multiverse.

JLI leader Calvin Ellis, aka President Superman, tells the main Justice League that a terrible threat is on its way to devour all realities in existence. Even as he explains the threat, known as the great dark, the entropic entity heads towards the House of Heroes and begins to dismantle it. Doctor Multiverse, who helped the JLI in his own book, manages to teleport the heroes away from their current location, but the place they arrive isn’t much safer.

Transported to the ruins of a dead multiverse, the heroes are greeted by the mad scientist Pariah, the source of the threat that started the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Pariah’s punishment for awakening the Anti-Monitor was to lock himself in a loop of dying multiverses, endlessly watching crisis after crisis for all eternity. Now Pariah wants out, and he has summoned the Great Darkness to end not just his imprisonment, but all of existence, so that he can know peace.

Knowing that the heroes of the DCU will oppose him, Pariah has assembled an army of some of the worst villains to ever grace the pages of DC Comics, a team of villains he calls his black army. Pariah unleashes his army on our unsuspecting heroes and a battle for the ages begins. However, Batman quickly identifies that the Dark Army is not really the biggest threat in the Multiverse. They are more of a defense, a diversion that will allow Pariah to initiate his antimatter chamber, a machine that will destroy existence.

Batman attempts to access the machine, but is stopped by Pariah’s dark forces. All hope seems lost as the heroes fight a losing battle against impossible odds and the machine that will bring Pariah’s plan to completion is set in motion… And just then, Oliver Queen appears.

Justice League #75 Green Arrow

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

Note that he is a hero. that wasn’t even supposed to be there. Black Canary cries out for her love as she runs onto the stage, bow in hand. She asks in disbelief what she’s doing, to which Oliver replies that he’s doing “What I always do… save the fucking day.”

And it does.

With a perfectly aimed shot, Oliver manages to temporarily stop the death of the Multiverse, planting an arrow into Pariah’s side from several football fields. The needle explodes and Pariah’s plan is temporarily thwarted and he is shattered on the dead planet. But as with Tony Stark, the bid to save Oliver’s reality comes at a cost.

Justice League #75 Green Arrow

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

One of the Dark Army’s most powerful recruits, Doomsday, has been unleashed on the battlefield. Most of the heroes gave him plenty of room, but the instant Oliver focused on his shot, Doomsday was able to get behind him. He raises his arms and, with a savage blow, brings them down on the green arrow, crushing it against the surface of the stone.

Dinah runs to Oliver’s side, shooting Doomsday with a horrible scream. As Oliver lies on the ground, Black Canary asks him why he would follow her in the first place. With his dying breath, Oliver proclaims that he will follow wherever Dinah goes. Then Green Arrow, the powerless superhero who dared to take on the multiverse’s most serious threat with nothing but a bag of trick arrows, dies.

Justice League #75 Green Arrow

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

Unfortunately, Oliver’s sacrifice doesn’t save the universe in the same way as Tony’s. The Dark Army cuts a deadly swath through the rest of the Justice League. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are reduced to skeletons at the hands of Pariah, as is Barry Allen once at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths. For all their bravery, the Justice League and Justice League Incarnate still die.

And yet hope persists. Before he could annihilate the rest of the heroes, Pariah was knocked unconscious by Black Adam’s act of summoning Shazam’s lightning. The former villain-turned-hero manages to escape the carnage and return to his Earth, where he informs its citizens that the Justice League is dead, triggering DC’s latest Universal Crisis event, Dark Crisis.

Now it’s up to new heroes like Jon Kent’s Superman, Jace Fox’s Batman and Yara Flor’s Wonder Woman to step forward and defend reality. His task will not be easy; Pariah is even more determined to destroy existence after his battle with the heroes doesn’t end the way he planned. But if they can save the day, reverse the currents of darkness, and vanquish the nothingness that threatens them, they will owe part of his victory to this skilled arrow. To a hero who was himself to death, who followed the woman he loved and did what he did best in service of the greater good.

To a hero who, even in the end, was a little smart.

Justice League #75 on sale at comic shops and digital platforms April 26.

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