Justice League: Who is Jarro, the Star Wonder?
Image credit: Bruno Redondo, Hi-Fi, and Tom Napolitano
The sensational character find of 2019! Jarro the Star Wonder!
Scott Snyder’s Justice League run has been full of all sorts of goodness, but perhaps no good has been gooder than the goodness of Jarro, the tiny, telepathic space starfish that calls Batman “dad” and dreams of taking up the mantle of Robin. But who is this fascinating little ophiuroid, and how did he come to fight alongside the Justice League in their struggle against the Legion of Doom?
Jarro: who he his, and how he came to be
One could argue that Snyder’s Justice League journey began in 2017’s Dark Nights: Metal, in which he first started playing seriously with the wider DC Universe, and in which he and Greg Capullo created an evil Justice League filled with twisted Batmans from across the Dark Multiverse. That’s a fair argument, but I would posit that the Snyder we’ve actually seen in Justice League first broke through a year later in No Justice, which served as both an epilogue to Metal and a prelude to Justice League proper. This is the book where Snyder’s serious and sassy sides at last found cohesion.
There was perhaps no better sign of that cohesion than the use of Starro the Conqueror, everyone’s favorite giant, telepathic space starfish. Starro is a silly, Silver Age idea on his face, and while No Justice leaned into that silliness to hilarious effect, the series also offered the once-Conqueror a redemption arc. Challenged by Martian Manhunter to be more than what he once was, Starro joined the heroes of the universe in their fight against the Omega Titans, and gave his life in the process. This marriage of Starro’s inherent ridiculousness with real heroism and real stakes was a smashing success, and Snyder was riding high leading into Justice League.
But for those of us who enjoyed Starro’s showing in No Justice, it was a bittersweet moment. No Justice was but four issues, and we wanted more of the smack-talking, brazen starfish who had captured our hearts (or our minds, using his telepathic influence—we’re honestly still not sure). Thankfully, Snyder was one of us, and our mourning would soon be ended. In Justice League #10, with Drowned Earth kicking off in earnest, we saw this:
Batman’s explanation in the image pretty much covers it, but in case you’re reading this text-only, or listening to a screen reader, here it is: “every fragment of Starro is a whole being, with powerful telepathic abilities.” Jarro is but a piece of Starro, but he possesses very similar powers, and, as we have come to see, very similar personality traits:
Jarro also calls Batman “dad” and “pop,” and basically behaves like Damian Wayne, if Damian were more verbally affectionate toward his father. And in Justice League #20, we got our first glimpse of Jarro’s ambitions, which might actually put him at odds with the son of Batman at some point (we can only hope):
Jarro dreams of being Robin, and in last week’s Justice League #29, we see him realize that dream (sort of) in a struggle against the Legion of Doom:
Jarro is love
I won’t spoil anything that actually happens in Justice League #29, but I will say that the heroism/hilarity dichotomy that made Snyder’s Starro such a treat realizes its potential here, and Jarro has secured his eternal place in the hearts of all good people everywhere. We can only hope that he survives Snyder’s run, and that he gets a team-up book with Damian Wayne, because that is a book that I want to read yesterday.
So that’s Jarro, the Star Wonder. Hit us up in the comments with your favorite Jarro moments, and let us know where you’d like to see him pop up outside of Justice League!