New Details on GEOFF JOHNS JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA Series

 

DC Comics announced at their DC Entertainment-All Access panel Sunday at Fan Expo Toronto that a new Justice League will be forming in 2013.

Justice League of America will be an ongoing series written by Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch.

"This is a very different kind of team book,” said Geoff Johns in a press release. “On first glance, people might think the heroes of the Justice League of America stand in the shadows of Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League, but Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman thrive in the shadows.

“They're underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose. They're a team of unlikely heroes who will help one another discover they're as A-List as anybody -- yes, even Vibe. Though getting there won't be easy.

“Why they're formed, why each member joins, what they're after and who the society of villains is they're trying to take apart will all be clear in the first issue when it hits early 2013. David and I are really focused on delving deep into what it's like to not be a member of the big seven and why, sometimes, the grass isn't always greener on the other side.”

 

Does this announcement make it more likely 2013’s Trinity War will indeed be between the Justice League, the new Justice League of America and Justice League Dark?

Check out our examination of such a possibility from earlier this week.

Johns will reportedly remain as writer of Justice League. Look for more news on Justice League of America when it’s available.

Update: In an interview with MTV Geek, Johns addressed the fact that there are now three JL teams: Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League Dark. "All three of those books will be set in the same universe, and things will be tying into one another. We’ve got some plans for that, but I don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves yet, though."

And would he confirm that next year's Trinity War event involved the three teams fighting each other?

"It could be, but you’re a little off," Johns said to MTV. "How’s that for an answer?"

Finch and Johns said they've been wanting to work together, ever since they met in September 2006 at Fan Expo Toronto — the same convention where the announcement was made this weekend.

Finch, who had previously been drawing Batman: The Dark Knight, said he's excited to draw some lesser-known characters. "I love the fact that it's not every single most popular character in the company; it’s characters that don’t really have the same kind of exposure some of them," Finch told MTV. "So it really gives us a chance to define those characters, and put our stamp on them. That’s really exciting to me. The chance to take them, make them larger than life, but also we get real, and grounded, and as believable as we can make it. Everything I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be a lot of fun."

Although Johns is writing two Justice League comics now, he implied that they would have different tones, comparing the new Justice League of America comic to JSA, a book Johns wrote for more than 100 issues. Both books feature characters who aren't considered "A-List," he said.

Johns had already hinted about there being the possibility of another team in Justice League #8, when Steve Trevor approached Green Arrow about "another team" he could join. Johns said Steve Trevor would be the leader of the new JLA, and A.R.G.U.S. would be attempting to control the team.

"You’ll see why they’re selected, and why this team is going to give the real Justice League a run for its money, because the relationships in this team are going to be incredibly significant," Johns said. "There’s going to be a real learning curve with all the teams, but has the benefit of a true leader in Steve Trevor. Steve Trevor has a heart and soul that’s going to bring these characters that, on first glance, might not ever gel — what does Stargirl ever have in common with Catwoman? How’s that going to work?"

Johns said Catwoman, who has already been established as a thief in her own ongoing, only joins the team because she "wants" something. Vibe joins when his older brother recruits him, although neither thing he's not worthy, according to Johns. Vibe had already been hinted as a character Johns would write because he showed up his Trinity War teaser image in DC's Free Comic Book Day issue.

Most notably for fans of Justice Society of America, the new JLA team written by Johns will include Stargirl, a character Johns created for his first DC title and included in his acclaimed run on JSA. The writer said the character is around 17 or 18 years old and is very "exuberant, positive and optimistic."

"She’s slightly different," Johns said of the New 52 version of the character. He said the new Stargirl got her start on Hollywood Boulevard, but she goes against everything that young Hollywood stands for, because she's a true hero. Johns said readers will also see how she's connected to Starman and Pat Duggan, who was her stepfather and served as "S.T.R.I.P.E." in the pre-New 52 continuity.

The future of Batman: The Dark Knight, illustrated by Finch since the title's inception, is currently unclear in light of this announcement.

Update 2, Monday Aug 27: The new Justice League of America will rise from the ashes of Justice League International, reports USA Today. The JLI Annual, co-written by Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio, will directly lead to the events that form the new JLA, with Steve Trevor "front and center" in the issue. It also addresses events in this week's Justice League #12, which features that other big DC story, Wonder Woman and Superman's big kiss.

While nothing new was divulged about JLA, the annual for JLI will feature Blue Beetle and The Olympian joining the team, though to what end the writers would only tease.

"Quite honestly, this is just a way station for Blue Beetle's next adventure," said DiDio.

Justice League International Annual will also spin stories off into other undivulged Justice League books, but it's safe to say that most of the line will be affected in some way by either JLI or JLA.

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