DC sets the stage for controversial justice league return


In the pages of Green Lantern, DC Comics teases the rebirth of a Zauriel, an angel of God who has already joined the Justice League, in a surprising new way.

Warning! Spoilers for Green Lantern # 6 before!

In The Green Lantern # 6, an old Justice League member with a somewhat controversial backstory seems to have made a comeback. The hero in question is called Zauriel, a character created by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and Mark Millar who first appeared in JLA # 6 (1997). What makes Zauriel controversial compared to other Justice Leaguers is that he is a literal angel of God.

Zauriel has served an omnipresent deity called “the Presence” since the dawn of creation. The Presence has been repeatedly confirmed as the God of the Abrahamic religions, established as the being who created Heaven and Earth, and by extension the DC Multiverse. However, how the Abrahamic God fits into the DC Universe is often unclear. The religious cosmology of the DC Multiverse is complex and multicultural, featuring several mythologies and pantheons of gods coexisting. For example, the hero of the god of thunder Shazam draws his powers from figures of Greco-Roman myth, but also from Judeo-Christian figures like Solomon.

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In Green Lantern # 6 by Geoffrey Thorne, Tom Raney and Marco Santucci, Zauriel’s possible return is suggested by the threat of the Golden Centurions. The Gold Centurions are presented as a sort of religious order that invades planets and converts populations, while forcing the few who resist conversion to kill each other. John Stewart, still trying to cope with the recent loss of their powers by the Green Lantern Corps, consults with her new friend Saqari, an alien capable of receiving and transmitting the memories of others, and she shows John the memories of the Centurions passed on. by she. the ancestors. In memories, two golden centurions make appearances and clearly resemble the celestial and winged figure of Zauriel.

Golden centurions

It is not clear if the Golden Centurions have Zauriel in their ranks. Their similarities could be a coincidence. A rebooted version of the character made an appearance at the start of the New 52 era of DC continuity, in JM DeMatteis and Fernando Blanco Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Alien # 10 (2013), a story that makes no mention of the Gold Centurions. This would suggest that Zauriel is unrelated to these new characters. Additionally, while there is a clear Judeo-Christian angel motif in the designs of the Gold Centurions, they appear to be aliens, not divine beings. However, since Infinite border The relaunch has redefined the entire DC multiverse as the ‘Omniverse’ where nearly all stories and mainstream versions of characters are considered partially canon, it’s unclear whether or not a new version of Zauriel will appear in the game. relationship with the Gold Centurions.

If Zauriel is established as a Golden Centurion, it would appear that their status as malicious religious aliens instead of angels is an interesting way to avoid the controversy of the character’s story. While mythology in speculative fiction is common, the use of popular living religions such as the Abrahamic religions tends to be a more sensitive topic. Writing Zauriel as an angel has always been a bold move on the part of its creator, and writing him as an invader of space would allow for a somewhat safer interpretation of the character, but still incorporating elements of religion. and divine. For now, readers will have to wait and see if Zauriel really appears, either in the pages of The Green Lantern Where Justice League.

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