SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Justice League #1 by Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, Tomeu Morey and Tom Napolitano, on sale now.
Lex Luthor is a baddie again, but it’s not that simple. The events of Justice League: No Justice have given him a whole new expanded outlook on life and it’s the makings of the most dangerous Lex Luthor we’ve even seen. Allied with Sinestro, Gorilla Grodd, The Joker, Black Manta and Cheetah, Lex has a new purpose in life that directly conflicts with that of the Justice League, but in his mind it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
However, in order to get what he wants and what he needs, there’s one person standing in his way... and that person needs to be taken out for good.
Hall of Doom
While much of Scott Snyder’s new Justice League owes its origins to the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons, there’s also a heady-helping of Super Friends in there. The Legion of Doom has never really existed in mainstream continuity before; it’s always been the Injustice Gang or the Secret Society of Super-Villains, so the Legion arriving in such a major way is a big deal. And, if we’re harkening back to Super Friends, they’re going to need their iconic headquarters.
While the Legion of Doom itself is only just getting its big debut, the Hall of Doom has appeared in comics before. It was established as the base of operations for the Injustice League post-Infinite Crisis. Nestled in the heart of Slaughter Swamp, the Hall made its first appearance during “The Lightning Saga.” It was the hiding place of Legion of Super-Heroes member Sensor Girl, and was later taken over the by the Injustice League who formed to attack the heroes of the DC Universe at Green Arrow and Black Canary’s wedding.
The Hall of Doom was reintroduced by Snyder and Greg Capullo during Dark Nights: Metal as the base of the immortal Vandal Savage during a meeting place of the Council of Immortals. Now located in lava pits in the Antarctic dubbed Finnisterre — named after Cape Finnisterre in Spain, which was once considered the end of the known world by the Romans — Vandal Savage and his army of Neoanderthals launch their attack on the world from there, only be to thwarted in their attack by the Justice League and interrupted by Lex Luthor, who wants the base for himself.