WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1 by Scott Snyder, Franchis Manapul, Howard Porter, Scott Godlewski, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano, in stores now.
Following the destruction of the Source Wall and all manner of cosmic hells finding their way into the DC Universe, the Justice League once again formed with a new, yet classic roster: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg, Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Hawkgirl. Almost as soon as they united to deal with the threat of the Legion of Doom and the Totality, the League named a member -- that perhaps fans didn't expect -- as its chairman and leader: J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter.
Unfortunately for the Justice League, the cosmic threats simply haven't stopped coming. From the Omega Titans to Ocean Lords, the cosmic tapestry of the DC Universe is one filled with dangerous threats and, now, the Ocean Lords have the League on the ropes. They unleashed a purple water on the entire world that transforms everyone it touches into a hybrid fish monster, and they took out most of the League almost as soon as they began their attack.
A wounded Superman, an infected Flash, a recovering Batman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are scattered, and they are now all that is left to defeat the Ocean Lords. In the final issue of the Drowned Earth event, Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1, the superheroes once again regroup to launch one final attack against the otheworldly invaders. And it's in that moment that we find out which superhero is the Justice League's second-in-command.
Ever since the start of the Drowned Earth event, Batman, who is currently in a full-body cast, stayed behind at the Hall of Justice to quarterback the rest of the League during the Ocean Lords' attack. However, after the Legion of Doom came knocking, Batman had no choice but to leave. Using the teleporter built inside Lex Luthor's armor (which he wore to fight the Legion), he then appears next to Wonder Woman -- in the center of the Earth, where the Amazon princess is attempting to launch the towers of Atlantis.
"Batman?! How did you get here?!" A surprised Diana asks. That's when the Dark Knight explains that he programmed the teleporter to take him to the team's leader. "When Martian Manhunter is gone, that's you," Bruce reveals, making it clear that Wonder Woman is the League's second-in-command. This actually shouldn't come as a surprise, especially given that Wonder Woman is an accomplished warrior who can inspire strength, hope and compassion. She has a tactical mind and a heart filled with love, which makes her an ideal leader in a situation such as this.
While it would have been easy to assume that Batman, or even Superman, is the League's second, Wonder Woman is the one who makes the most sense, and it cements her place as perhaps the most important member of DC's trinity -- and an indispensable member of the Justice League.
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