Weeks after Green Arrow and Black Canary were admitted to Metropolis GeneralHospital the Justice League
received intelligence that Victor Stone had died from injuries he received
while in the custody of Luthorcorp's special projects
After hearing the news Arthur Curry, Victor's best friend,
went to Clark
Kent, who at the time was the temporary leader of the Justice League. He walked into Clark's office and told him
that he was finished, and would be leaving the League.
Clark said to Arthur,
"I'm sorry Arthur. I know that Victor was your best friend."
"He was", Arthur said. "But it's more than that. I have to
"Why?",Clark said, puzzled.
"My home is the ocean", Arthur replied. "My life is in the sea.
I don't belong on land."
Clark told him, "I had
that feeling once, when I first learned how to fly. I soared above the clouds.
I never wanted to touch the ground again."
Clark continued, "But
now the responsibility of leadership has fallen on my shoulders. Somehow I've
never seemed to live up to the world's expectations."
"You've been good leader Clark", Arthur said.
"Thank you Arthur", Clark said. "It's good
to hear. But sometimes I think back to the days when Jordan Cross, and then
Kevin Grady, lead us. No matter how grim the situation
got, there was always a plan for what we would do next."
Clark continued, "Now
Victor is gone, and the league seems so empty. We're lucky to have J'onn J'onzz
as a member now, and with some more help we could do so much for this world. We
need some more council members, and we need a new leader."
"I'm sorry Clark. I can't stay", Arthur said.
"Don't be sorry. I've kept you here for years", Clark said.
"I've kept myself here for years", Arthur said.
"Jordan Cross once told me 'A good leader would use the best talents his
officers to achieve the best possible outcome'. Jordan and Kevin knew this. I'm
not a great leader but maybe I can make up for that now."
"What do you mean Clark?",
"Arthur, I want you to use your best talent. I want you to cross these
oceans. Maybe we can fill those empty seats on the council, and then
some", Clark said.
Arthur said, "I'll do anything I can to help, Clark. Arthur reached for Clark's shoulder, and gave
him a serious look in the eye, affirming his commitment to the League. Clark did the same.
Arthur then turned and walked out of Clark's office. He headed
for the nearest dock and swam away at the speed of sound. Arthur soared through
the oceans like a white knight in search of a new king.