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You need Justice... to fight Doom.

The Source Wall has been breached following the events of Dark Nights: Metal. The Omega Titans have been driven away by the events of Justice League: No Justice. New and powerful forces both scientific and supernatural in origin are sweeping the cosmos. And worst of all, the Multiverse is dying.

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Written by Scott Snyder as the flagship installment of the “New Justice” family of DC Comic books, this series focuses on the League’s attempts to investigate and sort out the many changes in the DC Universe brought out hy the events of Metal, and the attempts of Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom to harness these changes for their own ends.


Tropes for this series include:

  • Arc Words: “Justice” and “Doom”.
  • Arc Symbol: Luthor has doorknob engraved that pairs Justice and Doom using abstract symbols of the Hall of Justice and the Hall of Doom in mirror images to each other. It's empowered when the general universe is metaphorically turned from one to the other.
  • Artifact of Doom: Near literally; Luthor is in possession of a doorknob engraved with an arcane symbol that's empowered by the imbalance of Doom and Justice in the universe, which he is attempting to turn entirely towards Doom.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: What the fight between “Justice” and “Doom” ultimately means: will the multiverse as a whole rise above its base instincts (Justice) or revel in it (Doom)?
  • Continuity Porn: The first page alone references a myriad of DC Comics stories.
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  • Crazy-Prepared: Batman, as per usual.He has bombs planted underneath the surface of the moon. Which he uses to destroy the whole thing when Savage uses it as a Cyclotron to pull the Earth’s crust apart.
  • A Day in the Limelight / Villain Episode: Issues 5, 8, and 13 are focused on Luthor and how he brought the Legion together.
  • Detonation Moon: Unusually for this trope, the heroes have to pull this off in Issue 1.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Lex is trying to bring this about with the Justice League trying to stop him.
  • Enemy Mine: The present day League teams with the future versions of the Legion of Doom to escape the future Justice League.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Joker warns Luthor about trusting The Batman Who Laughs.
  • Eviler Than Thou: The comic starts with Vandal Savage as the Big Bad, but within the first issue is taken down by the Legion of Doom, led by Lex Luthor, who are revealed to the the real antagonist of the comic.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Luthor does this when he sees that the future is a Crapsack World where humanity has given in to their “basic natures”. Luthor decides that being a hero is pointless and decides to guide humanity towards the same realization he had.
    • Seemingly, Batman allies with the World Forger and the future Justice League when they tell him it’s the only way Justice can win over Doom.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Batman and Hawkgirl use shrink ships to stave off pathogenic mutagens in Superman and Martian Manhunter’s bodies while they investigate the Totality.
  • Flashback Cut: Issues 2, 3, 4, and 6 each begin with a page describing a villain’s connection to the cosmic forces emerging in the series and hinting at their motivations for joining the Legion.
  • Foreshadowing: In Issue 2, Luthor gives Grodd a weapon to destroy the Flash. Immediately afterwards, Barry brings up an enemy of his called “the Turtle” who believed in an opposing energy to the Speed Force called the “Still Force”. Grodd’s weapon is a hatchling of the Turtle.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Played with in the “Sixth Dimension” arc. The League go into the future to find a utopian world where Justice completely won over Doom and now everyone is happy. However, the League discovers their future selves pre emptively threw everyone who would choose Doom over Justice into a planet-sized gulag in order to win.
  • Grand Theft Me: Luthor and Joker pull this on Superman and Martian Manhunter respectively.
  • Heroic B So D: J'onn has one when he learns that the progenitor of the multiverse is aligned with Doom which makes him distraught that heroes like them are going against the will of their creator in fighting for Justice.
  • Humans Are Special: Perpetua's perfect plan involves combining the Combo Platter Powers of Martians with the Human potential to harness the seven forces.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Future Justice League in “The Sixth Dimension” at first seem to be purely altruistic heroes overseeing a utopia but soon reveal to have engaged in morally gray actions to ensure “Justice” triumphed over “Doom” on their world. Many on the primary League openly question just how “just” this world is.
  • Knight Templar: The World Forger's plan to redeem the multiverse is to imprison and eventually destroy all villains aligned with Doom while he creates a new perfect multiverse entirely aligned to Justice and pass it off as being that way all along to cheat the evaluation of higher powers. Near literally when they recruit Batman to their cause.
  • Legion of Doom: The Trope Namer makes its debut in mainstream comic continuity for the first time.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Superman has this reaction to Batman using a shrink ship to enter his body.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Joker is not smiling or laughing when he tells Luthor that The Batman Who Laughs is dangerous, both in flashback and in the story.
  • Opt Out: The villains Luthor invites to increase the Legion of Doom's membership leave after being assaulted by the Joker.
  • Psychic Link: Martian Manhunter creates a mental boardroom using the every League member’s psychic connection to him.
  • Rule of Seven: A major plot point is the revelation of seven universal forces that can be harnessed for immense power. The Speed Force and Emotional Spectrum are both parts of the seven.
  • Satanic Archetype: Perpetua is the overseer of a multiverse put in place by a higher power. Fearing the possibility of being executed if her work is deemed wanting at evaluation, she started corrupting it to engineer powerful armies to defend herself against her superiors. Her sons, created to run the finer points of the multiverse, saw this and feared their destruction at judgement as well, but sided against her and sealed her away by creating the Source Wall.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Joker abandons the Legion of Doom - as well as his painstakingly-planned betrayal of Luthor at his moment of glory - after Lex seeks aid from the Batman Who Laughs against his advisement.
  • Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: Grodd performs this on Wonder Woman and Aquaman using his powers.
  • Shout-Out: Many, many to Super Friends within the first issue alone.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: The World Forger’s philosophy in regards to the fight between Justice and Doom. This motivates him to trap Superman in a pocket dimension that will eventually kill him because Clark’s optimism that they can win without moral compromise jeopardizes the multiverse’s chance for survival. He manages to seemingly sway Batman to his way of thinking as well.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: All over the place; between the heroes and villains presented as Justice vs Doom and later between the heroes themselves in regards to redemptive hope and condemning resignation.
  • Supervillain Lair : The Hall of Doom, located in a scenic volcano.
  • The Dreaded: Perpetua, the being that the Source Wall was created to contain. According to the narration, even her brothers and sisters, responsible for tending other multiverses, "fear and revile" her.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The Leaguers fight Savage’s Injustice Gang in scenarios specifically suited to their talents (Aquaman fights them underwater, Hawkgirl fights them in the sky, Batman fights them in caves, etc).
  • Trophy Room: The League has theirs on public display, with the items contained there being depowered.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: Perpetua's plan is to fuse the human and martian races to engineer a species with immense natural power and the ability to harness the seven forces as weapons in her defense against being judged.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The World Forger’s reasoning behind pre-emptively imprisoning/destroying anyone who would choose Doom.
  • Wham Episode: Justice League Annual #1. And what a Wham Episode it is. The League, the Green Lantern Corps, the Thanagarian fleet, and the New Gods all work togethe rin an attempt to fix the Source Wall, only for the Legion to attack, with the help of its new recruit Brainiac leading the charge. The result is nothing less than the Source Wall exploding causing reverberations across the cosmos, as well as the disappearance of New Genesis and Apokolips. The Multiverse is now a fragment of an even bigger sea of reality. To make matters worse, Perpetua has been freed from uer imprisonment outside the wall and is now in possession of the Legion.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Luthor believes this in regards to humanity’s destructive tendencies, and wants to bring about a world where humanity accepts its worst nature. To do this, he creates the Legion of Doom.

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