HALCYON by Marc Guggenheim,; Tara Butters; Ryan Bodenheim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
DC's Justice touches slightly on the idea of the bad guys winning, with humanity turning against the heroes because they are incapable from saving the world from the greater threats like starvation, but Halcyon goes deeper, offering a world where all but one superhero becomes redundant. Humanity loses the desire for violence and wrongdoing, which means there is no place for superheroes whose lives were dedicated to the prevention of such, much less supervillains whose lives were dedicated to causing it.
The resulting reactions of the main characters is an interesting, though brief study for all but the two main characters, Zenith and Sabre, who are obviously comparable to Superman and Batman.
Zenith finds the freedom of responsibility pleases her, while Sabre, known for his use of deadly force, has no desire to remain in a world where he has no use. Everyone recognizes that whatever has happened is unnatural, but Sabre is the only one who wants to stop it, resulting in a climactic ending and twist of loyalties.
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