Comic book artist Bryan Hitch's new vision for Justice League takes us into the future in DC's Justice League Issue #26, titled "Legacy," with the help of artists Oclair Albert and Fernando Pasarin. The story picks up 20 years into the future in a dystopian New York City that is now the center of Mount Olympus. A group of superpowered youngsters are forced to protect what's left of the world from an all-powerful villain known as Sovereign. Helping Sovereign is a one-armed Arthur Curry/Cyborg hybrid who wields a Black Lantern ring. Although Curry easily overpowers the teens, he does hold back from killing them because of who they are. So the question is: Who are they?
Cube - Daughter Of Cyborg
In "Legacy," not much is revealed about who the mother of Cube is, or if she has one at all. She's a mystery for sure, but we do learn that her father is Cyborg. When they are attacked by Curry (formerly Aquaman), Cube screams:
"It's Curry! It's like seeing a ghost wearing my dad's corpse."
Her parentage is further evidenced by the illuminated designs on her face and arms, which are also used to somehow track Curry. She also mentions how she can see photons, and how she can stop Curry's boom tubes, so there's no doubt she's the daughter of Victor Stone.
Hunter - Son Of Superman And Wonder Woman
The relationship between #Superman and #WonderWoman shouldn't come as much of a surprise. However, like so many others, I'm Team Lois and Clark who have a son named Jon Kent. However, in "Legacy" it is Hunter who gets his time to shine; he's bulky with dark hair and shares a deep resemblance to the Man of Steel. Like his mother, he wields the Lasso of Truth and vambraces. He also wears her tiara as an armband, and like any child of a god and Kryptonian he's a fierce leader and a force to be reckoned with.
In "Legacy," he's courageous and displays his power when he goes toe to toe with Curry. He and another team member appear to have some romance in the air as evident when Serenity says:
"Can't you two flirt after we're all dead?"
Hunter also has a Superman cape that's being held together by a WW emblem. In the final page, he is standing face to face with Superman when he blames him and the team for the dystopian present they now live in.
Cruise - Daughter Of Green Lantern (Jessica Cruz) And The Flash
Unfortunately for those who are Team Barry/Iris, this will come as a shock. Throughout the Justice League series, sparks have been flying between the Scarlet Speedster and the former Power Ring. So, like other heroes in Hitch's world, they get it on and create Cruise. She wears the Flash's emblem on her chest and in the early pages she's seen with a red lightning streak, indicating she has the force. Plus she mentions how she's looked everywhere twice for their enemy and responds with Hunter, "Everyone can't move as fast as you, Cruise."
There's also the part when they travel to the future and Cruise points at Jessica and says, "We're your children from the future."
Jason And Jenny - Twins Of Green Lantern And Flash?
Cruise may or may not be the only offspring of #Flash and Jessica Cruz. Given that Barry and Jessica are a couple, there's a good chance they have a pretty big family. What's clear is that both twins posses the power of the Lantern, except they don't need a ring to conjure up what their hearts desire.
Instead, they use their hands, with Jason wielding the power of rage (red) and Jenny the power of fear (yellow). Could this red/yellow combination be a tell-tale sign that their father is in fact Barry? IGN seems to think that the Lantern Twins are, in fact, Barry and Jessica's children.
Serenity - Daughter Of Aquaman And Mera
Finally, we have Serenity. Please, whatever you do, don't call her Dory. Serenity is the leader of the group and appears to be one of the strongest members of the group ─ it was because of her magic that they escaped her robo-father. When they are faced with battling Curry, it is quickly revealed that Serenity is his daughter. Because of who the group of children are, and their friendship with his daughter, he shows them mercy.
It is also clear that she hates her dad and blames him for whatever happened to her mother. Like her father, she is the ruler of Atlantis, not just because of the trident, but because she says that her departure left Atlantis vulnerable. Her bodysuit looks eerily similar to that of Mera and in the final page she may (or may not) be staring at a mother she thought she'd lost forever.
Check out DC Comics' official synopsis:
"LEGACY” part one! A group of heroes from a post-apocalyptic future escape into the past to stop their world from coming to be. But to do it they’re going to need the help of the Justice League—who just happen to be these time travelers’ parents!
Justice League Volume #26: Legacy is available now.
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