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Marvel Day: The Timeline Of The Superior Spider-Man Proves How The Best Marvel Villains Can Be Redeemed

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Slott


Penciler(s)

Ryan Stegman


Colorist(s)

Edgar Delgado


Letterer(s)

Chris Eliopoulos


Cover

Ryan Stegman, Edgar Delgado


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

January 9, 2013

IN REDEMPTION

THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN SHOWED US HOW A MARVEL VILLAIN CAN BECOME A HERO

When we think of Spider-Man’s nemesis, we think of Green Goblin, Venom or Mysterio. Perhaps, we could argue that Doc Ock is actually his nemesis. In fact, he once dated Aunt May, formed the Sinister Six and regularly threated Spider-Man’s personal life.

During the Marvel Now! (2012), the Marvel Universe changed after AvX. Now, Marvel decide to redeem Doc Ock who had been suffering regular defeats from Spider-Man. With The Superior Spider-Man, Doc Ock became a hero. Let’s show why Marvel Now! showed us how to successfully redeem a Marvel villain.

The Superior Spider-Man (2012) #1. Marvel Comics.

PHASE 1: HONOR THE WISH OF THE DEAD AND BE A HERO

Finally, Doc Ock triumphs over his mortal enemy. In Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, Otto Octavius wakes up in Peter’s apartment. Gleefully, he revels over his victory over Spider-Man. When Otto Octavius was near him, Peter Parker visited him. Using brain-switching technology, Doc Ock switched minds with Peter Parker.

Now, Otto in Spider-Man’s body fought Peter Parker in Doc Ock’s body. However, Spider-Man succumbed to the injuries and died. But, now in Spider-Man’s body, Otto realized that he should embrace Spider-Man’s motto: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Thus, he became a hero and became The Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 2: THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN LIVES TO SPIDER-MAN’S POTENTIAL

Originally, the premise of the series was for Doc Ock to show how Spider-Man’s amazing powers and intellect, can fulfill the hero’s potential. Indeed, Otto realized he could apply his mind to improve Spider-Man’s superheroing and personal life.

For instance, Doc Ock enrolled at Empire State University to help Peter complete his doctorate. In addition, he set up a base where Spider-Man could locate danger and invent new tech. Also, Doc Ock created The Superior Spider-Man suit and eventually set up Parker Industries.

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PHASE 3: SHOW THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN IS THE TRUE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN

Though the Superior Spider-Man proved to be more organized and tactical, he struggled with heroism. When Doc Ock gained Spider-Man’s body, Spider-Man’s consciousness survived. In fact, it meant to prevent Otto from committing serious crimes and even murder.

Soon, Spider-Man’s entourage and the public noticed the hero’s more violent methods. At the same time, the Superior Spider-Man garnered the ire of Spider-Man’s enemies. During Spider-Verse, it was certain that Doc Ock could not live up to the name of the Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 4: DOC OCK REDEEMS HIMSELF BY SACRIFICING HIS LIFE

Previously, Otto used a neurolitic scanner to remove Peter Parker’s consciousness from his brain. Later, Spider-Man’s consciousness comes back. When the Goblin King attacks Superior Spider-Man with the Spider Slayers. However, Doc Ock searched for his love, Anna Maria Marcona, whom Goblin King took hostage.

When Otto was faced with saving a girl in the subway, Peter’s consciousness came back and drove him to save her. Then, he realized Peter was the Superior Spider-Man. Finally, returning to his lab Doc Ock used the neurolitic scanner to erase his consciousness. In the end, Peter Parker’s consciousness took control of Spider-Man’s body to save Maria.

 

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DC Day: Scheming To Recruit Jessica Cruz, The Doom Patrol Attempted To Lobotomize Her

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz.
 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Geoff Johns


Penciler(s)

Doug Mahnke


Colorist(s)

Andrew Dalhouse


Cover

Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rod Reis


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

October, 2014

IN REDEMPTION

LEX LUTHOR WANTS TO JOIN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

Previously, Jessica Cruz was chosen by the Ring of Volthoom. After the demise of the Criime Syndicate, the Ring wanted her as the new Power Ring. Elsewhere, at Wayne Manor, Lex Luthor confronts Bruce Wayne. Finally, he has deduced that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Before Lex can continue his accusations, Alfred mounts his gun at the criminal’s temple. Quickly, Bruce knocks Lex down. When Lex notices a clock on the wall, he blows it.

Then, the passage to the Batcave appears behind the rubble. In reality, the billionnaire has come to join forces with the Batman. In fact, he believes a threat is coming to Earth. After Batman tells him a modified tale of the scorpion and the frog, Lex departs. Suddenly, Superman and Wonder Woman alert Bruce. In Oregon, a green energy detonation has been detected. Fortunately, the Doom Patrol arrive to help.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz.
In Justice League (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz. DC Comics.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE AND THE DOOM PATROL FIGHT OVER JESSICA’S LOBOTOMY

In Justice League (2014) #33, the Doom Patrol and the Justice League fight. Previously, the Doom Patrol had come to recruit Jessica Cruz. When her powers are out of control, they elect drastic measures. Heroically, Luthor arrives to save the day. In fact, he threatens to blow Chief’s spine out. Meanwhile, the Ring reveals why he chose Jessica. As matter of fact, she is the lone survivor from a murder attempt by two gunmen in the woods. When Jessica realizes it, a big explosion follows.

Strangely, the detonation reaches to Anti-Monitor. Sinisterly, she tells him of Prime Earth. Dangerously, the cosmic being promises to “consume it.”1 As the fight rages, Lex tells Batman his plan. As matter of fact, the Ring of Volthoom works like a power ring: indeed, it works on emotion. If Luthor can use shock therapy on Jessica’s synapses, he can severe her emotional connection. Drastically, Chief favors psycho-surgery, an euphemism for lobotomy.

'Justice League' (2014) #33.
Justice League (2014) #33. DC Comics.

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BATMAN SAVES THE DAY

But Batman saves the day. Courageously, he reaches out to within Jessica’s energy field. Honestly, he tells her he too is a victim. In addition, she should face her fear. Instead of fearing the darkness, she should embrace it. Reassuringly, Jessica takes Batman’s hand. Together, they summon their wills and Jessica manages to extinguish the Ring of Volthoom’s blast. Finally, Batman tells Lex they never needed him to save the day.

In fact, the Justice League held the Doom Patrol back for Batman, not Luthor. Sternly, Lex replies: “But you will.”1 Later, Batman advises Superman and Wonder Woman to recruit Lex Luthor. For two reasons: In order to keep him in check and investigate Lexcorp. Though Superman opposes revealing their secret identities. Eventually, Superman formally welcomes Lex Luthor into the Justice League. To end, he lays down some ground rules.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #33, Batman helps Jessica Cruz conquer her fear.
In Justice League (2014) #33, Batman helps Jessica Cruz conquer her fear. DC Comics.

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Justice League Vol 2 31 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 2 33 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Justice League #33.
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DC Day: The Evolution Of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz From New 52 Into Rebirth

In 'Justice League Odyssey' (2019) #13, Jessica Cruz becomes an Omega Lantern.
 
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DC DAY

In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #12, Jessica Cruz faces Darkseid at full power. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN REDEMPTION

NEW 52: JESSICA CRUZ DEVELOPED PTSD FROM AN ATTACK BY MOBSTERS

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #31, Jessica Cruz becomes the new Power Ring. Four years ago, Jessica and her friends went on a hunting trip. On the way, they stumbled upon mobsters who were burying a body. Murderously, they decided to not leave witnesses and shot Jessica’s friends. Incredibly, Jessica managed to escape. Consequently, the young girl developed anxiety and PTSD from her trauma. As a result, she has locked herself in her room for four years.

Sinisterly, the Ring of Volthoom has revealed these things to her. Upon the death of Harold Jordan of the Crime Syndicate, the Ring has chosen her as its new host. In fact, her fear attracted it to her, a weapon it can use for destruction. When Jessica shoots the Ring with a shotgun, it only becomes angrier. Violently, the Ring forces itself upon her finger. Later, in control, Jessica realizes she needs help. Fortunately, the Doom Patrol offers to help.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Ring of Volthoom chooses Jessica Cruz as the new Power Ring.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #31, the Ring of Volthoom chooses Jessica Cruz as the new Power Ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

NEW 52: DURING DARKSEID WAR, JESSICA CRUZ BECOMES A GREEN LANTERN

In ‘Justice League’ (2015) #41, Grail summons Anti-Monitor. After an attack on the Justice League, Green Lantern and Power Ring are on the scene. While Jessica is on crowd control, Hal confronts Grail. However, during the battle Grail breaks Hal’s willpower. Instead, Grail uses the Ring of Volthoom to summon Anti-Monitor to Prime Earth. In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #47, the Justice League breaks the Crime Syndicate out of Belle Reve. Cyborg, Power Ring, Mister Miracle and Big Barda break into the penitentiary.

Unfortunately, proximity to the Crime Syndicate causes Jessica to lose control and for the ring to possess her body and mind. Then, Jessica becomes Volthoom. Nevertheless, when Cyborg attempts to override the ring, Volthoom activates the Grid virus. In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #49, Jessica’s mind is trapped inside the Ring of Volthoom. Previously, at Belle Reve, Cyborg downloaded his consciousness into the ring as a contingency plan to help Jessica.

In 'Justice League' (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz regains control of Power Ring to save Flash in one second.
In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz regains control of Power Ring to save Flash in one second. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz becomes Sector 2814’s new Green Lantern. Inside the ring, Cyborg describes the ring’s programming as 0s, 1s and fear.

Fortunately, Cyborg manages to hack the tech in time for Jessica to save Flash from the Black Racer in one second. Seemingly, Jessica is killed by the Black Racer. In reality, we learn Black Racer has claimed the life of Volthoom. For her ability to overcome great fear, Jessica is chosen as Sector 2814’s new Green Lantern.

In 'Justice League' (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz becomes Sector 2814's new Green Lantern.
In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz becomes Sector 2814’s new Green Lantern. AP Photo/DC Comics.

REBIRTH: DURING JUSTICE LEAGUE: ODYSSEY, JESSICA CRUZ DIES AND IS RESURRECTED AS AN OMEGA LANTERN

Previously, the Guardians of the Universe assigned Jessica Cruz to the Ghost Sector. In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #1, Cyborg, Jessica Cruz, Starfire and Azrael head to space to confront a new menace. In the Ghost Sector, thousands of shrunken planets imprisoned on Colu have been released into the universe. Initially, Starfire joins the team in order to investigate the return of her home world Tamaran. However, the Ghost Sector, is a highly unstable region of space. Sinisterly, Darkseid offers to help the Justice League Odyssey. In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #12, Darkseid reaches his full power. Previously, Darkseid had been born into baby from Superwoman in “Darkseid War.”

Slowly, he manipulated Hypertime to assemble the Justice League Odyssey and build Sepulkore. Using Starfire to activate the station, Darkseid soon returns to full power. While Cyborg, Starfire and Azrael have been converted into New Gods, only Jessica Cruz opposes Darkseid’s return. At four percent ring power, Jessica delivers Darkseid a devastating punch. Powerfully, Darkseid responds with a backhand that leaves Jessica on the floor, close to death. With one final blast of his Omega Effect, Darkseid reduces the Green Lantern to ashes and bones. In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #13, the Omega Effect resurrects Jessica as an Omega Lantern.

In 'Justice League Odyssey' (2019) #13, Jessica Cruz becomes an Omega Lantern.
In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #13, Jessica Cruz becomes an Omega Lantern. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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REBIRTH: JESSICA CRUZ BECOMES A YELLOW LANTERN AND JOINS THE SINESTRO CORPS

In 'Green Lantern 2021 Annual' (2021), Jessica Cruz becomes a Yellow Lantern.
In ‘Green Lantern 2021 Annual’ (2021), Jessica Cruz becomes a Yellow Lantern. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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Justice League Odyssey Vol 1 12 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 2 31 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 2 41 in DC Database.
Justice League #47 in Comic Vine.
Justice League #49 in Comic Vine.
Justice League #50 in Comic Vine.
Justice League Odyssey: The Ghost Sector #1 in Comic Vine.
Everything You Need to Know About ‘Justice League Odyssey’ in Comicbook.com.
Justice League Odyssey Vol 1 13 in DC Database.
Green Lantern 2021 Annual Vol 6 1 in DC Database.
Justice League: The Darkseid War in DC Database.
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DC Day: Why The Justice League Did Not Offer Raven Membership

In 'New Teen Titans' (1981) #4, the Justice League and the New Teen Titans abandon Raven.
 
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DC DAY

Writer(s)

Marv Wolfman


Penciler(s)

George Perez


Colorist(s)

Adrienne Roy


Cover

George Perez


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

February, 1981

REDEMPTION

DC COMICS TURNED RAVEN INTO A VILLAIN

In ‘Future State: Shazam’ (2021) #2, Raven is revealed as DC Comics’ most powerful villain. Previously, the Teen Titans accidentally unleashed the Four Riders of the Apocalypse. Eventually, the Titans defeated them but at a cost.

Multiple Titans died and Raven was also a casualty. In order to defeat the Four Riders, Raven bound them to her Soul-Self. In order to protect her and Earth, Shazam shackled Raven in Hell. When Shazam left the Titan unguarded, she was freed from her prison. Sinisterly, Raven revealed herself as the Unkindness.

In 'Future State: Shazam' (2021) #2, Raven becomes the Unkindness.
In ‘Future State: Shazam’ (2021) #2, Raven becomes the Unkindness. AP Photo/DC Comics.

TO FIGHT TRIGON, RAVEN ASSEMBLED THE NEW TEEN TITANS

In ‘New Teen Titans’ (1980) #1, Raven assembles The New Teen Titans. Mystically, the sorceress has learnt of Trigon’s plan to invade the New Earth dimension. To this end, she assembles the disbanded Teen Titans into a new team. First, they must rescue the Tamaranian princess Koriand’r who has just escaped to Earth. Terribly, she was being shuttled into slavery by a Gordanian ship. Decisively, the super-powered team must stop a Gordanian invasion at the United Nations Plaza.

Heading to East Village, Raven finds Starfire injured and in bed. Carefully, the princess is being nursed by a man named Grant Wilson. However, she is soon abducted by Gordanian drones. So, the Titans must rescue the prisoner in space. Aboard the Gordanian scout ship Chrga, the Titans manage to free Koriand’r. Meanwhile, Cyborg rewires the engine systems to cause the ship to explode. Finally, the heroes escape unscathed. On Earth, Raven reveals to the New Teen Titans that their powers are needed for a mysterious mission.

In 'New Teen Titans' (1980) #1, Raven assembles The New Teen Titans.
In ‘New Teen Titans’ (1980) #1, Raven assembles The New Teen Titans. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SHOWDOWN ON THE JLA SATELLITE: THE NEW TEEN TITANS VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

In 'New Teen Titans' (1981) #4, the New Teen Titans fight the Justice League.
In ‘New Teen Titans’ (1981) #4, the New Teen Titans fight the Justice League. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SENSING HER EVIL HERITAGE, ZATANNA ADVISED AGAINST RAVEN’S JLA MEMBERSHIP

In ‘New Teen Titans’ (1981) #4, Raven recruits powerful sorcerers to help her banish Trigon. Previously, the sorceress traveled to Azarath despite her exile. Desperately, she pled to her mother Arella to help against the demon Trigon. But, she was faced with rejection and banished from Azarath. Finally, she revealed to the New Teen Titans their mission: defeat the Justice League in order to stop Trigon. In reality, Raven was playing into Trigon’s scheme who was manipulating the Fearsome Five and the New Teen Titans.

Eventually, the Justice League was defeated and was put in time stasis. In space, our heroes witnessed the sorcerers’ ceremony. Unfortunately, Trigon freed the JLA with a cosmic bolt and the battle was renewed. Unable to complete the ritual, Trigon was freed to enter the New Earth dimension. After Trigon departed, Zatanna revealed Raven’s manipulation: the JLA rejected her membership when Zatanna sensed the evil in Raven. Furthermore, Raven used her emotion powers to manipulate Kid Flash into loving her. In the end, no longer believing Raven’s lies, the JLA and the New Teen Titans abandoned the witch.

In 'New Teen Titans' (1981) #4, the Justice League and the New Teen Titans abandon Raven.
In ‘New Teen Titans’ (1981) #4, the Justice League and the New Teen Titans abandon Raven. AP Photo/DC Comics

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New Teen Titans Vol 1 4 in DC Database.
Future State: Shazam! #2 in Comic Vine.
One Teen Titan Just Became DC’s Strongest Villain in ScreenRant.
New Teen Titans Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In The Debate Over Daredevil’s Guilty Plea, #WeStandWithDaredevil

In "Supreme" (2017) Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution.
 
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UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

In 'Daredevil' (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison.
In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

Daredevil, Elektra Natchios.

Villains

Mayor Wilson Fisk, Mary Walker.

Creators

Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto.

IN REDEMPTION

#WESTANDWITHDAREDEVIL AND THE INCARCERATED

In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #25, Daredevil accepts responsibility for his actions. Previously, Daredevil killed a man and is now serving a two-year term for manslaughter. In appearance, Daredevil’s act is meant as an example for other superheroes. In ‘Daredevil (2021) #24, the hero pled guilty because of Elektra’s bid for Hell’s Kitchen. Successfully, Elektra won the bid for Hell’s Kitchen with the money she stole from the Stromwyns.

With the assurance that Hell Kitcken’s is safe, Daredevil accepted responsibility for his actions. Though The Man Without Fear has proven time and again his commitment for justice. At the same time, Daredevil has shown he struggles with the morality of his actions. Nevertheless, #WeStandWithDaredevil and the incarcerated. Furthermore, we commend his example to hold superheroes accountable for their actions.

In 'Daredevil' (2021) #25, Daredevil serves a two-year sentence for manslaughter in order to serve as an example to Hell's Kitchen and superheroes.
In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #25, Daredevil serves a two-year sentence for manslaughter in order to serve as an example to Hell’s Kitchen and superheroes. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

DAREDEVIL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR NEIL RIVATE’S DEATH IN PRISON

According to online debate, Neil Rivate’s death is Daredevil’s reckoning. Serving his two-year sentence, Daredevil befriends Neil Rivate. Later, Daredevil protects the smaller Neil in the shower from three inmates. The following day, his therapist Doctor Hayes summons him. Tragically, the hero finds out Neil was found dead in his cell from suicide. Unfortunately, Daredevil feels responsible for the death since he put him into prison. However, Doctor Hayes states Spider-Man is the one who apprehended Neil.

In “Supreme” (2017), Matt Murdock successfully argued for superheroes to be a legal identity. Hence, they could testify in court. During that time, Matt changed from a defense to a prosecution attorney. No longer the champion of the oppressed, Matt prosecuted ciminals, including Neil. Thanks to a new law by the Supreme Court, Daredevil was granted legal status. When Daredevil was prosecuted for his crime, his secret identity was protected by his cowl. Nevertheless, as Daredevil or Matt Murdock, the hero has not stopped fighting for justice.

In 'Daredevil' (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison.
In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

AGAINST DD: RECKONING FOR SWITCHING TO PROSECUTION OF CRIMINALS

In "Supreme" (2017) Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution.
In “Supreme” (2017), Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Moving forward, Daredevil’s prison term can be a positive example. Essentially, with his trial, other superheroes may be granted legal identity. Importantly, this helps protect their civilian identity, friends, families and loved ones.

Furthermore, it may eventually help solve the problem of collateral damage. In a sense, property damage and losses of lives can hold superheroes and villains more financially liable. Similarly, Juggernaut‘s attempt at reformation addressed the matter in his series.

In "Supreme" (2017) Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution.
In “Supreme” (2017), Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Daredevil Vol 6 28 in Marvel Database.
Daredevil Vol 6 25 in Marvel Database.
Daredevil Vol 6 24 in Marvel Database.
Daredevil’s Most Controversial Twist Is Finally Being Called Out in ScreenRant.
Daredevil: Matt Murdock Saved His Identity With a Court Case in CBR.com.
Juggernaut Vol 3 (2020–2021) in Marvel Database.
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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In The Debate Over “Identity Crisis,” #WeStandWithZatanna And Team Flash

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light.
 
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UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics
Official Name

Identity Crisis.

Universe

New Earth.

Heroes

Justice League of America.

Villains

Jean Loring, Doctor Light, Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, Merlyn, The Calculator.

Creators

Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, Michael Bair, Alex Sinclair, Ken Lopez, Mike Carlin, Valerie D’Orazio.

IN REDEMPTION

#WESTANDWITHZATANNA AND VICTIMS OF RAPE

In “Identity Crisis,” the JLA is faced with an ethical question. Indeed, the rape and the murder mystery of Sue Dibny drove deep wounds within the superhero community. Without a doubt, the Elongated Man’s wife was beloved. Regularly, she visited the Justice League atop the Watchtower.

Because of Sue Dibny’s rape, the Justice League faced a daunting ethical problem. In addition, Doctor Light was a threat to the League and their loved ones. In order to stop the psychopath, it was going to require drastic measures. But, the JLA members who responded to Sue’s signal and took down Doctor Light were split.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, the JLA tackles Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, the JLA tackles Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics.

ZATANNA’S MINDWIPE THOUGH JUSTIFIED, WAS EXTREME

Divided, the JLA put the mindwipe to a vote. On one side, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Black Canary voted against the mindwipe. On the other side, Zatanna, Hawkman and Atom voted for the mindwipe. Decisively, Flash (Barry Allen) broke the tie in favor. Without a doubt, a watershed moment in DC history that led to a breach of trust. When Zatanna lobotomized Doctor Light, Batman also arrived on the Watchtower. To prevent opposition from the Dark Knight, Zatanna also mindwiped him.

Later, during “Identity Crisis,” Batman recovered his memory of the event. Because of the breach of trust, this led to Batman creating Brother Eye to spy on the metahuman population. As Superboy-Prime argued, the heroes stopped behaving like heroes. The consequences were the Omac Project and the “Infinite Crisis.” In retaliation for Superman’s mind-control, Wonder Woman killed Maxwell Lord in cold blood.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics

FOR ZATANNA: SUPERMAN ONCE LOBOTOMIZED MANCHESTER BLACK

In 'Action Comics' (2001) #775, Superman lobotomized Manchester Black with telescopic, x-ray and heat vision.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2001) #775, Superman lobotomized Manchester Black with telescopic, x-ray and heat vision. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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AGAINST ZATANNA: THE JLA SHOULD HAVE INCAPACITATED DOCTOR LIGHT’S POWERS

Given its intrusive nature, mindwipe is highly traumatic. Definitely, the mindwiped may end up worse off morally and personality-wise. In Batman’s case, this may explain the dark path he set upon after recovering his memory of the incident. For Doctor Light, it set him on a path to revenge. To this end, to destroy the JLA and the Teen Titans.

Later, Doctor Light accepted membership into the Secret Society of Supervillains. Certainly, it was a darker DC Universe. For its part, the JLA should have followed Green Lantern’s advice. Instead, Zatanna should have incapacitated Doctor Light’s use of his super powers. Also, to protect Sue, Doctor Light should have been sent under solitary confinement at a maximum security prison.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Elongated Man comforts Sue Dibny.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Elongated Man comforts Sue Dibny. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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Identity Crisis Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 775 in DC Database.