Injustice 2: [SPOILER] Must Save The Universe from Red Lantern Starro

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Injustice 2 #58 by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, J. Nanjan and Wes Abbott, on sale now.

The Injustice franchise -- both the comics and the games -- usually has the fate of the Earth hanging in the balance. Superman's attempted takeover of the planet attracted all sorts of nefarious threats to Earth, after all, including Brainiac, Sinestro and his Yellow Lanterns, and as seen recently in the Injustice 2 comics, Atrocitus and his bloodthirsty Red Lanterns.

Beyond Hal Jordan's recent addition to Atrocitus' ranks, the Red Lanterns were further strengthened by recruiting Starro the Conqueror. And as we learn in Injustice 2 #58, Starro's more than just a heavy-hitter on the team -- he's actually considered the greatest threat to the galaxy. What's more, it'll apparently take young Jaime Reyes, or more specifically, Blue Beetle, to save the universe from this alien threat.

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Now, labelling Starro as the biggest threat to the universe isn't understating the circumstances at hand, because Blue Beetle is being provided with this information from someone who, well, basically knows everything there is to know about the multiverse itself -- the enigmatic New God known as Metron.

When last we saw Jaime, he was mulling over an offer to join the Titans, only to be attacked by Lobo. He used his scarab to transform but was still defeated by the Main Man and kidnapped for a mysterious employer. This issue reveals the man who hired Lobo is none other than the all-knowing Metron, seated cozily atop his Mobius Chair.

Metron says he wanted Blue Beetle brought to him because only a scarab-powered individual is equipped to undertake the task at hand and defeat Starro. He reveals that in the past Starro (a starfish-like creature who uses spores to mind-control any sentient being) once tried to take over the cosmos, but his progress was halted by a woman (whose identity we never find out) who was powered by the scarab. Thanks to the Atrocitus' latest recruitment drive though, Starro's rage and overall power has increased, which results in a greater motivation to enslave planets.

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It turns out, when Atrocitus gave Starro a ring in Issue #56, it to allow (and encourage) the conqueror to start back spreading his spores across the cosmos again, thus spreading hate itself, making everyone more susceptible to becoming Red Lanterns. Thus, they'd be brainwashed and controlled, not by Starro alone, but by his master Atrocitus too. This was all part of the Red Lantern leader's plan to expand his army in order to kill Sinestro, the remaining Green Lanterns, as well as his lifelong enemies, the Guardians of Oa.

Of course, this is quite a task for someone who was just on Earth contemplating if he has what it takes to join the Titans in order to oppose Superman's supporters. Jaime doesn't mask his doubt to Metron, as he's pretty much shell-shocked at the thought of him being someone charged with preventing the universe from being torn apart.

This disbelief is echoed by Lobo, who literally laughs at the hope Metron is placing on Blue Beetle's shoulders. The New God does confess he hoped the bearer of the scarab would be older and experienced, but ultimately, Jaime is the savior he has to work with, a fate he's resigned to given that he really doesn't have a choice, or options for that matter.

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It remains to be seen exactly how Jaime will be going after Starro, especially considering the alien is backed by the entire Red Lantern Corps, including the seasoned war veteran in Hal. Clearly, Blue Beetle will need allies in the fight to come, and whether it be Lobo, Sinestro's squad, or the forces of Oa, it's obvious they're in for the fight of their lives against the most hateful and rabid soldiers the universe has to offer.

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