DC Comics is announcing officially at Fan Expo in Toronto today that the Justice League of America series is no more in Spring 2014, as the team moves North to become Justice League of Canada. That's the news out of the Toronto Star, who interviewed Toronto native Jeff Lemire, who becomes sole writer on the series after sharing duties with Geoff Johns on the "Trinity War" crossover.
"This is like my ultimate dream job. It sounds like a joke and something like this would never happen, but it is actually happening," Lemire told The Star.
The writer jumped right into fears that the book would instantly play to stereotypes, saying of their new headquarters, "it's not a hockey rink, I promise. Although, of course, it did cross my mind."
The idea of Canadian superheroes is one DC Comics' top competitor, Marvel Comics, has a long history of, from the superteam Alpha Flight to a character everyone knows, the ole Canucklehead Wolverine. But DC hasn't much played with the concept, and Lemire is approaching it considerably differently than Marvel's olden days.
“It’s not really like Alpha Flight, as we’re not creating a bunch of very Canadian characters,” Lemire says. “Like those characters are all almost clichéd Canadian archetypes. This is still very much set in the regular Justice League universe and the team will still have some of the bigger named superheroes, but they will actually be located in Canada now, and there will be a couple of new members who are Canadian. So obviously as a Canadian, and as a Canadian storyteller, it’s something I’m very proud of.”
Granted, they are creating at least one brand new Canadian hero for the series, as well as bringing one lost hero into the New 52 for the first time - now as a Canadian - Adam Strange. As for the new character, we know they'll be a young hero, a teenager, and Lemire only teases that he wants the character to "reflect a real part of [Canadian] cultural identity."
As for the rest of the line-up, it will be built from the "pieces left behind" of the current Justice League of America team after the "Trinity War" storyline and the Forever Evil event that thoroughly dismantles the team. In "Trinity War," many of the heroes have a newly-seeded distrust of the American government due to A.R.G.U.S. and Amanda Waller's manipulation of their characters and lives. Lemire promises it's a "dream team" combining A-listers and obscure heroes alike.