The Justice League, caught in the middle between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, has witnessed the impossible: Darkseid is dead. With his death, however, that means a few slots of New Gods have opened up, and the Justice League is filling them… whether they want to or not.
And for Hal Jordan, it’s particularly bad; Darkseid’s armies, left without a leader and without any control, have attacked Oa and merged the Power Battery with a Mother Box, demanding Lanterns walk into it and become their new leader. So, all Hal has to do to save his friends and keep the universe from being overwhelmed by parademons is, uh, take over from the single worst dictator and monster the universe has ever known. No pressure, Hal.
Joking aside, this issue continues the trend of these one-shots of exploring just what makes the Justice League human, with last week’s exploring Superman’s fundamental distance from humanity and the Flash’s struggles with the fact that he’s simply not fast enough to save everyone. And this one in particular stands out, as Hal, racing to his death one way or the other, flashes back to the death that defines him: His father’s.