WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Justice League #34 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Bruno Redondo, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano, on sale now.
Writer Scott Snyder's Justice League has brought quite a few major DC villains to the fore. We've seen Lex Luthor evolving into the Apex Predator under Perpetua, with the likes of Sinestro and Brainiac powered up in the Legion of Doom across various timelines, and we even got a glimpse of Lionel Luthor, who became a broken shell after his work was taken from him.
As Lex brings destruction to the cosmos, Justice League #34 brought Vandal Savage and his team into the fray. Even though the immortal Savage is one of DC's biggest threats, he and his Legionnaire's Club formed an uneasy alliance with the Justice League out of sheer self-preservation.
Since Savage was created as a Green Lantern villain by Alfred Bester and Martin Noddell in 1943, the immortal tyrant has remained a consistent thorn in the sides of DC's heroes. While Justice League already reframed Lex and Perpetua as the source of his powers, the present-day Vandal was killed by Lex, who took over his base and decided he was meant to be the conqueror of everything.
However, Vandal is still alive and well in the past of the Justice Society, and we see him with the mysterious members of the Legionnaire's Club. While we don't know what they've been up to before now, they're taking refuge in Atlantis when Grodd, the godkiller Cheetah, Sinestro and an imprisoned Poseidon attack, looking to claim the Totality shard. With Aquaman and the Justice Society in tow, John Stewart and the Flash convince Vandal to scrap plans about going into the Earth's crust with his people to hide because that plan would shift the planet out of orbit actually results in the Totality landing and shattering, ultimately kick-starting everything Snyder scripted at the start of this crisis.
Ultimately, Vandal makes sense of John's words and agrees to a truce, as long as the League don't betray him. While the Justice Society vouches for the time-displaced heroes, Vandal's eventual betrayal seems like a forgone conclusion. As they fend off attacks from the Legion, Vandal uses the Conch of Arion, one of Atlantis' most powerful mystical relics, as well as tech he has to build a bridge across space and time that allows all of the Starmen to connect.
As he puts it, this communication is needed so they can link their powers and stabilize the bridge, allowing the heroes to unite and create their Justice Totality against Perpetua in the present. Surprisingly, Vandal doesn't betray them since he knows he has to change the past. If he remains stubborn, it'll lead to his death and the destruction of the Multiverse, and seeing as there are no contingency plans for that, he becomes a hero so that there could be a tomorrow for him to rule.
If reality is truly saved, it'll be intriguing to see what will happen to him and the Club. If they survive, there's no telling if they'll be allies or enemies with the League, especially going into the future. Since Vandal's ultimate interests always reflect on himself, he may just want to make sure his crew lived to fight another day.
Justice League #35 goes on sale Nov. 6.