Every now and then, something happens that reminds me why I don’t read current superhero comics anymore. Something is about to happen in the so-called New 52 universe that makes me wonder if the editors at DC Comics have been spending their days snorting horse tranquilizers. Considering the fact that DC Comics is moving its offices from New York, one of the greatest metropolitan cities in the world, to Burbank, not one of the greatest metropolitan cities in the world, can anyone really blame them if they abused veterinary pharmaceuticals?
I don’t think so.
In Justice League #30, Lex Luthor is joining the Justice League.
Lex Luthor is the world’s greatest villain. It says so right on the cover of Superman #292. It’s a known fact that they can’t claim something on the cover of a comic book unless it’s true. How can the world’s greatest villain join the Justice League, one of the greatest fictional crime fighting organizations in the world? It’s like Osama bin Laden joining SEAL Team 6 or Jimmy Buffett joining Soundgarden.
Evidently Captain Cold is also joining the Justice League, but that doesn’t seem as stupid as me as adding Lex Luthor. Most non-comic book reading people, in other words, normal people, don’t know who Captain Cold is. The same cannot be said about Lex Luthor. He’s a well-known character once played by Gene Hackman in a Superman movie that didn’t suck.
Lex Luthor is a bad guy, not a hero. He always has been, and in my mind, he always will be. I wont be reading Justice League #30, but then again, I wasn’t going to be reading it anyway, so I guess it doesn’t matter.