Hey there Mecha Fans! It’s been awhile since I graced this beloved column, but today I’m here to talk about one of the coolest new characters in DC Comics: Grid.
For those that don’t know, the DC universe is embroiled in a new crossover called “Forever Evil.” Villains from Earth-3, an alternate world with evil versions of the standard Justice League, arrived on the standard Earth, seemingly killed the various Justice Leagues (normal, of America, and Dark), and have declared their rule over the world. While DC spoiled months earlier that the arrival of the Crime Syndicate of Earth 3 would signal the end of the previous event, “Trinity War,” we were only told about Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring, Johnny Quick, and Deathstorm (who correspond to Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Firestorm). One character they did not spoil was Grid, and I’m glad because he’s definitely the coolest of the bunch.
As stated previously, the Crime Syndicate’s members correspond to the Justice League. Rounding out the roster with The Sea King (evil Aquaman), everything seemed set…except we were missing an evil version of Cyborg! As a founding member of the Justice League in the New 52, Cyborg’s been given a much larger role than ever before in comics. I’ll be honest and say it didn’t even cross my mind that he’d get an evil doppleganger; it’s for that reason that Grid’s reveal was all the more powerful.
The end of “Trinity War” sees the opening of Pandora’s Box and out pops the villains from Earth 3. Shockingly, the seemingly kind and inauspicious Atom reveals that she’s been a double agent of the Crime Syndicate all along, having laid the groundwork to manipulate the Justice Leagues into fighting one another. At this same moment, she reveals that Cyborg is also harboring a dark secret. Immediately, Cyborg’s systems become overrun by the sentient virus Grid who, in a shocking and visceral scene, tears Cyborg’s mechanical pieces away from his remaining flesh. Grid then builds himself a full body from Cyborg’s metallic parts and proceeds to attack the Justice League.
If you can’t figure out by now why Grid is so cool, I’ll spell out my reasoning. He’s a totally new character, that almost no one could’ve predicted, his reveal was intense, and he’s downright badass. I’m rarely a fan of robot characters, but Grid’s cold logic and pure evil make him very interesting. If you’re interested to see Grid’s origin, pick up Justice League #23, the conclusion of “Trinity War.”
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