How does the Flash run so fast? Concentrated sensation of imminent diarrhoea suspended in a single moment of time? Does he identify as a VW Golf that just had a scooter lane split next to it? Pieces of meat tied to his legs while hungry dogs loiter about? Not exactly. Within the lore of Flash comics, it was long established that the accident which imbued Barry Allen and his successors with super-speed also gave them a connection to the Speed Force.
An all-encompassing energy field that gave them their extreme velocity, the Speed Force is both mystical and scientific, an entity capable of taking action and observing the universe. But as Isaac Newton once wrote, every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. For if the Speed Force exists, then surely it must have an opposite?
Such a concept does exist in the DC Universe, and it has a name: The Still Force. “The Still Force is an energy in the universe that’s trying to slow everything down entropically, trying to stop everything, trying to bring everything to a standstill,” Justice League writer Scott Snyder explained to Den of Geek.
And it has its own characters, it has its own figures that are connected to it who might not even know they are. And it’s a complete enigma to Barry at this point. One of Barry’s greatest villains, Gorilla Grodd, might have a leg up on him when it comes to figuring out how to control this thing. The idea, really, is to show that these characters think they know their powers, think they know their mythologies, think they know even sometimes their histories and their missions. And then to sort of blow those things up.
One way that the League will explore their new status in the expanded cosmos around them? By drawing in other Justice League teams, who’ll find themselves visiting the new Hall of Justice on occasion. “[The Hall of Justice] has these secret portals in it…which connects you to Justice League Dark, Justice League Odyssey,” Snyder said to Multiversity.
One other team we haven’t announced yet, as well, but we’ve hinted at already. You’ll see characters like Green Arrow come and go from the Hall of Justice. You’ll see Atom, Ryan Choi, working in the med lab in Justice League. You see Vixen in issue one. You see Animal Man in issue one.
What could this mystery team be? The Teen Titans perhaps? Or maybe another team, nay, a society of Justice? Perhaps, but for now the Justice League squads have their hands full as they battle the primordial manifestations of several cosmic entities who are hellbent on feasting on the energies of entire planets. Or as Superman calls it, just another Tuesday.
Last Updated: May 15, 2018