JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND Starts Recruitment Drive, Meets FLASH
The series, written by Derek Fridolfs, recently began a new story arc called "Recruitment Drive" that is introducing futuristic versions of favorite DC heroes, sometimes giving details about their backgrounds that have never been seen before. In the next installment, readers get to meet the Beyond version of The Flash, and this week's issue also introduces a new artist, Jorge Corona.
It's all part of DC's effort to reach new readers through the digital-first "Beyond" comics, which include Justice League Beyond, Superman Beyond and Batman Beyond. The three series rotate new 10-page digital chapters each week on the various DC digital channels, and then are released each month in the Batman Beyond Unlimited collection for print.
Newsarama talked to Fridolfs about what's coming up in Justice League Beyond, including what readers can expect from a future version of The Flash, and got an exclusive look inside tomorrow's issue.
Nrama: Why do you think this concept, seemingly more than any other animated version, has caught on so well with fans and has continued to entertain?
Fridolfs: Fans, I think, always enjoy the possibilities of what comes next. Storytelling is all about having your characters live, breathe, and grow. And seeing what happened to various characters in the future compared to how we know of them today, is something that usually catches the interest of readers. And with Justice League Beyond, they barely got a fleeting glimpse of them in the Batman Beyond show. So we're getting the chance to explore more with them in the comics.
Nrama: For readers who may just be jumping on board, what's the status of the Justice League Beyond universe and characters right now?
Nrama: In the next story, what characters will be the focus?
Fridolfs: Superman will take a back seat as he's working on where to build a new Watchtower. So this is a chance to follow the rest of the team. And the League's first stop on their trip is to Central City, which should give a good idea who is coming up next.
Nrama: What will the appearance of The Flash offer to the Justice League Beyond team?
Fridolfs: A chance to stop a very dangerous new villain while getting some fast help.
Nrama: Can you tell us which villain? Or is there more than one villain?
Nrama: What themes are you exploring in this story?Fridolfs: Oddly enough, the story arc of "Flashdrive" is really all about exploring fandom. The good that can come out of one's love for the legacy of characters. As well as how taking one's passion too far can tip into disastrous circumstances.
Nrama: We've seen a few hints here and there from the Beyond comics that they're tied to the New 52 Universe, although it's been made clear that this is a "possible" future. Will we see more references to things happening now in the DCU comics?
Fridolfs: I've always seen the Beyond Universe as being separate from the current DC New52. I've always used the animated series timeline that started in Batman: The Animated Series all the way through Batman Beyond, as our reference and history. It's always possible that certain things might trickle over as the other writers can pick and choose if there's anything they want to tie-in from stories that happened before. But I generally try to keep everything based on the animated universe.
Fridolfs: I think the fans have always wondered why the future Justice League is so small. So this "Recruitment Drive" is all about addressing that by expanding the roster. We'll also get a chance to see Green Lantern Kai-Ro's origin and a surprise character that he came across before he became a Lantern. And the return of a very classic hero (in all their forms) in an unexpected way.
Nrama: Anything else you want to tell fans about the series?
Fridolfs: We're extremely happy with those that have followed us from the very beginning. But now is a nice jumping on point for those that are interested in giving us a try. Shorter arcs as we do a little globe-hopping and add new members to the roster.New issues of Justice League Beyond can be found here at comiXology on rotation with Superman and Batman on Saturdays! Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!