The New 52 DC Universe is already home to three different Justice League teams: the all-star and premier Justice League, the paranormal Justice League Dark, and the ersatz—and shaky—Justice League International. But at this past weekend’s Fan Expo in Canada, DC Entertainment announced that DC super scribe Geoff Johns and artist David Finch would be collaborating to launch a new team in early 2013, the Justice League of America. How does this team differ from the one with Superman and company? Which heroes are going to compromise the line-up? And, more importantly, why are they getting together?
DC had been hinting at a possible new team within the pages of Justice League. We have already seen the government’s displeasure with the team’s aloof nature and refusal to keep them privy on any and all confidential information. And A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans) agent Steve Trevor had already extended an invitation to Green Arrow regarding the establishment of a new super team. Add to that the cancellation of the series Justice League International after the annual, this is an announcement all fans were expecting—but that isn't to say the news is any less exciting!
What sets the series Justice League of America apart from the others is the fact that this is a government-approved team of superhumans directed by Steve Trevor and A.R.G.U.S. A group of heroes answering to those in the seat of power? It’s a forgone conclusion that this will lead to some ideological conflicts with the other teams—and some epic-scale fisticuffs.
The JLA may not include heroes such as Superman and Batman among their ranks, but that doesn’t make them any less heroic. The inaugural team consists of Martian Manhunter, Vibe, Katana, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Catwoman, Star Girl, and the surprising addition of Baz the Middle Eastern Green Lantern (set to appear in Green Lantern #0 this September). In a blurb from writer Geoff Johns on the official DC Entertainment website, the series will explore the Justice League of America discovering that they’re every bit as heroic as their revered counterparts and that “the grass isn't always greener on the other side.”
Justice of League of America will hit the shelves in early 2013 with a story arc that will have them facing the Secret Society of Super Villains!
Will you be reading Justice League of America?