This DC superhero has an ‘Endgame’ moment in Justice League #75

The Justice League is dead…but they died as heroes.

And one of them had his Endgame “I…am…Iron Man” moment.

Think back to 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Just as Thanos is about to use the Infinity Stones to wipe out all life in the universe, he’s rushed by Tony Stark. When it seems all hope is lost, Tony reveals he has swept the stones away and prepares to use their power. But just before he does, Tony uses his last breaths to say his last words and shakes the hearts of a decade-long budding cinematic fanbase.

Justice League #75

Cover of Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

Say it again with us…

“I am Iron Man.”

It was more than just a callback to the last words of 2008’s Iron Man. Those last four words from Tony Stark perfectly encapsulate what his character has always been in the MCU, a witty, witty, heart-of-gold smartass. They were proof that, even when things looked darkest, Tony remained himself.

Three years after that cinematic milestone, Marvel’s biggest rival universe faces a pretty grim situation itself, perhaps even grimmer than the events of Endgame. This crisis is “Death of the Justice League”, which is currently taking place in issue #75 of the DC comic book of the same name.

Similar to Endgame, the events of this book weigh heavily on the universe in which it takes place. But just like in that movie, there’s one character who doesn’t let his dire situation ruin his cocky attitude… and he manages to save the day anyway.

Spoilers ahead for Justice League #75

April 26’s Justice League #75 is drawn by Rafa Sandoval, written by Joshua Williamson, inked by Jordi Tarragona, colored by Matt Herms, and lettered by Josh Reed. It begins with members of the Justice League being teleported from where they are across the universe. Superman is ripped from Warworld orbit, Batman ripped from Gotham, Green Lantern pulled from OA, and more.

They are all transported one by one until the selection arrives at Dina Lance, aka Black Canary. Her longtime lover, Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, sees her being “teleported” and decides he doesn’t have her, latching onto her and completing the teleport alongside her. Oliver, Dinah, and the rest of the core members of the Justice League reunite at the House of Heroes, home of the Justice League Incarnate, protector of the multiverse.

JLI leader Calvin Ellis AKA President Superman tells the main Justice League that a terrible threat is on its way to devour all existing realities. Even as he explains the threat, known as the great darkness, the entropic entity heads towards the House of Heroes and begins to dismantle it. Doctor Multiverse, who aided the JLI in his own book, manages to teleport the heroes away from their current location, but where they arrive isn’t much safer.

Transported to the ruins of a dead multiverse, the heroes are greeted by mad scientist Pariah, the source of the threat that started Crisis on Infinite Earths. Pariah’s punishment for awakening the Anti-Monitor was to be locked in a loop of dying multiverses, endlessly watching crisis after crisis for all eternity. Now Pariah wants out, and he’s summoned the Great Darkness to end not just his imprisonment, but all of existence, so he can know peace.

Knowing that the heroes of the DCU will oppose him, Pariah has assembled an army of some of the worst villains to ever appear in the pages of DC Comics, a team of villains he calls his black army. Pariah unleashes his army on our unprepared heroes, and a battle for the ages begins. However, Batman quickly identifies that the Dark Army isn’t really the biggest threat in the Multiverse. They are more of a defense, a distraction that will allow Pariah to start his antimatter chamber, a machine that will obliterate existence.

Batman tries to access the machine but is held back by the dark forces of Pariah. All hope seems lost as the heroes fight a losing battle against impossible odds and the machine that will culminate Pariah’s plan starts up… And just then, Oliver Queen appears.

Justice League #75 Green Arrow

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

Keep in mind, he’s a hero who wasn’t even supposed to be there. Black Canary cries out to his love as he rushes onto the stage, bow in hand. She asks him in disbelief what he’s doing, to which Oliver replies he’s doing “What I always do…save the fucking day.”

And he does.

With a perfectly aimed shot, Oliver manages to temporarily stop the death of the Multiverse, placing an arrow in Pariah’s side from several football fields. The spire explodes and Pariah’s plan is temporarily foiled, shattered across the dead planet. But as with Tony Stark, the bet to save Oliver’s reality comes at a cost.

Justice League #75 Green Arrow

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

One of the Dark Army’s most powerful recruits, Doomsday, has been unleashed on the battlefield. Most of the heroes gave him plenty of room, but the instant Oliver focused on his shot, Doomsday was able to get behind him. He raises his arms and, with a savage blow, brings them down on the green arrow, crushing it against the surface of the stone.

Dinah rushes to Oliver’s side, blasting Doomsday with a horrible scream. As Oliver lies on the ground, Black Canary asks him why he would follow her in the first place. With his dying breath, Oliver proclaims that he will follow wherever Dinah goes. Then Green Arrow, the unpowered superhero who dared to face the multiverse’s most serious threat with nothing but a bag of trick arrows, dies.

Justice League #75 Green Arrow

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)

Unfortunately, Oliver’s sacrifice doesn’t save the universe in the same way as Tony’s. The Dark Army cuts a deadly swath through the rest of the Justice League. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are reduced to skeletons at the hands of Pariah, much like Barry Allen once was at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths. For all their bravery, the Justice League and Justice League Incarnate still die.

And yet, hope persists. Before he could manage to wipe out the rest of the heroes, Pariah was knocked unconscious by Black Adam’s act of summoning Shazam’s lightning. The former villain-turned-hero manages to escape the carnage and return to his Earth, where he informs his citizens that the Justice League is dead, thus triggering DC’s latest Universal Crisis event, Dark Crisis.

Now it’s up to new heroes like Jon Kent’s Superman, Jace Fox’s Batman and Yara Flor’s Wonder Woman to step up and defend reality. Their task will not be easy; Pariah is even more determined to destroy existence after his battle with the heroes doesn’t end as he planned. But if they manage to save the day, reverse the currents of darkness and overcome the nothingness that threatens them, they will owe part of their victory to this clever arrow. To a hero who was himself unto death, who followed the woman he loved and did what he did best in service of a greater good.

To a hero who, even at the very end, was a little smart.

Justice League #75 on sale in comic shops and digital platforms April 26.

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The Justice League is dead … but they died heroes. 
And one of them had his Endgame “I… am… Iron Man” moment.
Recall 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Just as Thanos is about to use the Infinity Stones to wipe out all life in the universe, he is rushed by Tony Stark. When it seems all hope is lost, Tony reveals he swiped the stones and prepares to use their power. But just before he does so, Tony uses his last breaths to utter his final words and shakes the core of a cinematic fanbase a decade in the making.

Justice League #75 cover (Image credit: DC)
Say it with us again…
“I… am… Iron Man.”
It was more than just a callback to 2008’s final words in Iron Man. These last four words of Tony Stark are the perfect encapsulation of what his character has always been in the MCU, a witty, quippy, heart-of-gold smartass. They were proof that, even when things looked its most bleak, Tony remained himself.
Three years after this cinematic milestone, Marvel’s biggest rival universe is facing a pretty bleak situation itself, maybe even bleaker than the events of Endgame. This crisis is the ‘Death of the Justice League,’ happening right now in issue #75 of the DC comic with the same name.
Similar to Endgame, the events of this book are taking a massive toll on the universe it’s set in. But just like in that movie, there’s one character who doesn’t let his dire situation ruin his cocky attitude… and he manages to save the day anyway.
Spoilers ahead for Justice League #75
April 26’s Justice League #75 is drawn by Rafa Sandoval, written by Joshua Williamson, inked by Jordi Tarragona, colored by Matt Herms, and lettered by Josh Reed. It begins with members of the Justice League being teleported from where they are across the universe. Superman is snatched out of Warworld’s orbit, Batman ripped from Gotham, Green Lantern pulled from OA, etc.
They’re all transported one by one until the selection gets to Dina Lance, AKA Black Canary. Her long-time lover Oliver Queen, AKA Green Arrow, sees her being “beamed up” and decides he’s not having it, latching onto her and completing the teleportation at her side. Oliver, Dinah, and the rest of the major members of the Justice League wind up at the House of Heroes, home of the multiverse-protecting Justice League Incarnate.
The leader of the JLI, Calvin Ellis AKA President Superman, tells the main Justice League that a dire threat is on its way to devour all existing realities. Even as he explains the threat, known as the Great Darkness, the entropic entity makes its way to the House of Heroes and begins taking it apart. Doctor Multiverse, who’s been assisting the JLI in their own book, manages to teleport the heroes away from their current predicament, but the place they arrive isn’t much safer.
Transported to the ruins of a dead multiverse, the heroes are met by the mad scientist Pariah, the originator of the threat that kicked off the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Pariah’s punishment for waking the Anti-Monitor was to be locked in a loop of dying multiverses, endlessly watching crisis after crisis for all eternity. Now, Pariah wants out, and he’s summoned the Great Darkness to end not just his imprisonment, but all of existence, so that he may know peace.
Knowing the heroes of the DCU will oppose him, Pariah has assembled an army of some of the worst villains to ever feature in the pages of DC Comics, a team of baddies he’s calling his Dark Army. Pariah unleashes his army on our unprepared heroes, and a battle for the ages begins. However, Batman is quick to identify the fact that the Dark Army isn’t truly the multiverse’s biggest threat. They’re more of a defense, a distraction that will allow Pariah to start up his Antimatter Chamber, a machine that will obliterate existence.
Batman attempts to get to the machine but is held back by Pariah’s shadowy forces. All hope seems gone as the heroes fight a losing battle against impossible odds and the machine that will culminate Pariah’s plan boots up…And just then, Oliver Queen appears.

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)
Keep in mind, this is a hero who wasn’t even supposed to be here. Black Canary screams to her love as he rushes onto the scene, bow in hand. She asks him incredulously what he’s doing, to which Oliver responds that he’s doing “What I always do… saving the damn day.”
And he does.
With one perfectly aimed shot, Oliver manages to temporarily stop the death of the multiverse, placing an arrow on the side of Pariah’s from several football fields away. The arrow explodes and Pariah’s plan is temporarily foiled, blasted to smithereens across the dead planet. But like Tony Stark’s, Oliver’s reality-saving gambit comes at a cost.

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)
One of the Dark Army’s most powerful recruits, Doomsday, has been rampaging across the battlefield. Most of the heroes have been giving him a wide berth, but in the instant Oliver was focusing on his shot, Doomsday was able to get behind him. He lifts his arms up and, with one savage swipe, brings them down on the Green Arrow, smashing him into the stone surface.
Dinah rushes to Oliver’s side, blasting Doomsday away with a horrific scream. As Oliver lies broken on the ground, Black Canary asks him why he would follow her in the first place. With his last breath, Oliver proclaims that he’ll follow wherever Dinah goes. Then Green Arrow, the non-powered superhero who dared to go up against the gravest threat in the multiverse with nothing but a bag of trick arrows, dies.

Green Arrow in Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)
Unfortunately, Oliver’s sacrifice does not save the universe in the same way Tony’s did. The Dark Army cuts a deadly swath through the rest of the Justice League. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are reduced to skeletons at Pariah’s hands, much like Barry Allen once was at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Despite all their bravery, the Justice League and Justice League Incarnate still die.
And yet, hope lives on. Before he could manage to wipe out the rest of the heroes, Pariah was knocked unconscious by the act of Black Adam summoning the lightning of Shazam. The former villain turned hero manages to escape the carnage and flee back to his Earth, where he informs its citizens that the Justice League are dead, thus kicking off DC’s latest universe-spanning crisis event, Dark Crisis.
Now, it’s up to new heroes like Jon Kent’s Superman, Jace Fox’s Batman, and Yara Flor’s Wonder Woman to step up and defend reality. Their task won’t be easy; Pariah is even more determined to destroy existence after his battle with the heroes didn’t end the way he planned. But if they do manage to save the day, to turn the tides of darkness and defeat the nothingness that threatens them, they’ll owe their victory, in part, to that trick arrow. To a hero that was himself till death, that followed the woman he loved and did what he did best in service of a greater good.
To a hero who, even at the very end, was a bit of a smartass.
Justice League #75 on sale in comic book stores and digital platforms April 26.
Check out more Newsarama coverage of the ‘Death of the Justice League’
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