War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, which is why Christopher Smith fights to maintain harmony as a peacemaker. In a world full of endless wars, he’s here to make sure everyone puts down their guns – even if he has to kill everyone to make it happen. We got our first taste of what exactly that means in James Gunn’s groundbreaking movie last summer, Suicide Squad. Now, Peacemaker John Cena is ready to ride again with the original HBO Max series also written by Gunn. So, to help us ensure that Thursday’s premiere is…well, peaceful, we thought we’d take a look at Peacemaker’s comic book history for some advice on conflict resolution. Here are five Peacemaker Approved Ways to Bring Peace!
Make sure everyone in the room is willing to negotiate
Christopher Smith knows that peace is within our grasp. We just have to be ready to negotiate. How do you put all sides on the table? According to the Peacemaker, you do this by killing everyone who tries to escalate the violence (of course!). In this way, only pacifists are left who work for peace.
Smith also massacred a group of terrorists in Peacemaker #1, He believed that every bloodied corpse puts the world one step closer to peace. It’s an extreme measure, to be sure, but no one can accuse the peacemaker of being cunning.
Show the enemy the destruction of war
If you want peace, you must be willing to show the other side how bad war is. The Peacemaker gave good evidence of this in Peacemaker #4 When he took out an enemy camp with a ridiculous air attack. The massacre caused by the Peacemaker was painful enough to put even the most bloodthirsty general out of the fight. We can argue about how harmful violence is, but until it is experienced firsthand, villains cannot fully comprehend the horror of their actions.
Don’t be afraid to make a mess
The road to peace can be a little uncomfortable, and that’s okay. Peaceful negotiations can become tense, but sometimes you have to create chaos to achieve peace. For example, in Peacemaker #2 Smith punched a wall yelling, “Show yourself, pimp!” before he explodes his target. Was it a messy way to get in? definitely! But the peacemaker knows that sometimes a broken wall, angry screams and a hail of bullets are the only way to start a peaceful discussion.
I have a bigger weapon than the other guy
One great way to resolve conflict is to make sure your weapons are bigger than anyone else’s. And according to Christopher Smith, you need big guns to defend peace. That’s why the Peacemaker flies his fighter plane, complete with the latest missile system, machine guns and heavy armor. Think of it as a peace plane, if “peace” means flying through the air to blow up everything in your path.
Ignore the screams of Nazi ghosts in your brain
We admit that not all experiences are universal, but sometimes the best way to keep the peace is to ignore the ghost of your late Nazi father screaming in your head. As detailed in Peacemaker #1In the comic, Smith’s father was a Nazi warlord who ran one of Europe’s largest death camps. Wolfgang Schmidt committed suicide when his Nazi past came to light, causing trauma to his young son. Since then, Christopher has heard his father’s voice in his head, criticizing him during his missions. Fortunately, Smith knows better than to follow the advice of the murderous Nazi, and not let it stand in the way of his quest for world peace. Although that’s impressive, we still feel more comfortable if he sees a therapist.
Disclaimer: If it wasn’t already obvious, we’re kidding here. Do not try any of these peacekeeping methods. In fact, don’t try anything Peacekeeper does. He’s a psychopath and his pacifist methods leave a lot to be desired… However, the guy is a troublemaker, so both before and after watching peace maker Want more of it, check out 1987 peace maker Limited series by Paul Kupperberg, Tod Smith and Pablo Marcos.
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Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes for television, movies, and comics for DCComics.com, is a regular contributor to the Couch Club and writes the monthly “Gotham Gazette” Batman column. Follow him on Twitter at Tweet embed
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