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Justice League’s New Threat Spans the Entire History of the DCU

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Justice League #1, by Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, and Tomeau Morey, on sale now.

The war with the Dark Multiverse has been won, and the Omega Titans have been fought off, but there's far more to be done and Justice League #1 says it is now time to deal with the ramifications of victory. A hole was blasted into the Source Wall at the edge of the Multiverse in Dark Nights: Metal, and in Justice League: No Justice it was revealed that all of creation is dying. Now, it seems that the cosmos' deepest secrets are about to be revealed, and they span the entire history of the DC Universe.

In the first issue of Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez's new series, the Source Wall has expelled something powerful from the hole created at the end of Metal. This "Totality" rockets through the cosmos like a comet on its way to Earth, and the heroes of the Justice League are left to decide what to do about it. Do they welcome its arrival or shoot it out of the sky?

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As if to tell use how important of an event this moment is to the very existence of the DC Universe, the Totality's arrival is somehow seen through many different points in time. Whether it is friend or foe, it will surely affect the past, present and future of the world we all know.

The Fall and Rise of the DCU's Future

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Right from the first page we learn just how big this moment in time is for the DC Universe. Though this Totality hits Earth in the present day, its travel through space is witnessed by many of the most important heroes spread throughout the past, present, and future. The first page of Justice League #1 does a lot of things, but most importantly, it gives us a good look at the future.

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Perhaps the biggest surprise appearance on this page is that of Kamandi, who lives 5,000 years in the future among the ruins of civilization. DC has gone back and forth over the years about whether the Great Disaster is the future of its main Earth, or some alternate reality. His appearance here seems to confirm that his world is, in fact, the future of the main continuity universe. It means that no matter what happens in the present, mankind is fated to fall one day.

It may seem to be a minor appearance, but this is a huge revelation, though the appearance of the Justice Legion seems to reaffirm that humanity will somehow recover at some point. A million years into the future, the Justice League and Legion of Super-Heroes will merge to become the Justice Legion. In the DC One Million timeline, these heroes defend the entire solar system in a universe where humanity has colonized space. How these two very different futures can both be definitively stated as in-continuity is hard to say, but answers are sure to come.

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