December 2, 2022

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Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Heroes Case File #263: Justice Peace

The Time Variance Authority needs enforcers, and that's where Justice Peace comes in.

Disney+ has a number of MCU properties coming in the near future.  One of them will be about Tom Hiddleston’s breakout character of Loki, and not much is known about it aside from a few casting notes and a brief glimpse of Loki in a jumpsuit marked “TVA”.  TVA could stand for Time Variance Authority, and Owen Wilson’s casting could go to the character of Justice Peace, the TVA’s muscle.

Wilson is something of an odd pick for a character like Justice Peace, but that’s only if we’re going with the character as he’s appeared in various comics.  So, who the heck is this guy?

This guy looks vaguely like Judge Dredd, doesn’t he?

For starters, labeling Justice Peace a “hero” may or may not work.  The Time Variance Authority is essentially a giant bureaucracy that monitors the time/space continuum for the entire Marvel multiverse.  Most of the members are an infinite number of accountant types working away at desks floating in a void, and many of them look like longtime the late Marvel editor/continuity expert Mark Gruenwald.  Justice Peace was there to enforce the TVA’s rules and laws for the rest of the multiverse.  Justice Peace was most likely to show up in a comic as, if not a villain, than at least a heroic antagonist to whatever hero was there.

But I write this series, and I decide who gets depicted here, so deal with it.

Anyway, Justice Peace originally came from an alternate Earth where he was a very, very by-the-book law enforcement officer.  Battling a time traveling villain, Justice Peace came to the modern day main Marvel universe.  He couldn’t stop his law-and-order instincts and stopped to take on some jaywalkers, gaining the attention of Thor.

That could more or less describe every encounter Justice Peace has had.  Someone breaks the law, even in a minor way, and he comes down like a sack of hammers on whomever.  He went to work for the TVA, and eventually helped bring in the Fantastic Four when Reed Richards and Dr. Doom got into some kind of time-traveling battle.

By the way, if all this sounds kinda trippy, keep in mind Walt Simonson wrote both of the above storylines.

As it is, I actually thought Simonson was the only one to write Justice Peace stories, seeing as how the aforementioned FF story, one that ended Simonson’s Fantastic Four run and as the FF escaped on a time train, Justice Peace stopped fighting them once they left the Null Time Zone because the rules changed once he was no longer in Null Time.  Jumping off into his own time and place, he promised that the FF won’t have to worry about him anymore because “Break no laws, and you shall have Peace no more!”

Yes, either the Thing or the Torch acknowledged that was a screwy thing to say.  Probably the Thing.  I haven’t read the issue in decades.

But it seems Justice Peace did go back to the TVA, including working with a partner named Justice Love (as in “Peace and Love”) for a She-Hulk storyline.

So, there we go.  A very Judge Dredd kind of guy that may or may not played by Owen Wilson in an upcoming Loki series.  You see why that might be a little screwy?

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