Fan's waiting for Jeff Lemire's Justice League Canada to kick off will have a bit of a change in their future, DC Comics announced Thursday afternoon on USAToday. In April 2014, rather than the first issue of the retitled and moved-North team, we'll get the Justice League United, a team that will sometimes be in the great white north, and sometimes in the far reaches of space.
USAToday's Brian Truitt broke the news with writer Jeff Lemire, who will introduce the altered team in Justice League United #0, featuring Martian Manhunter, Adam Strange, Stargirl, Supergirl (who notably is not a Red Lantern in the image), Green Arrow, and Animal Man. The April 2014 issue by Lemire and artist Mike McKone will establish exactly why the series, originally planned to be called Justice League Canada is now United: "It's very much a swashbuckling, world-jumping space adventure," Lemire says. "We decided it was a good idea to expand the scope of the series."
The team will have a base in Canada, but will "touch on every corner of the DC Universe," promises the writer. While Adam Strange will have some changes from his Pre-52 history, he'll still be the impetus for their interstellar travel thanks to his Zeta Beam instant transfer. His wife, Alanna, will be much more involved with his adventures than ever before, Lemire says. The characters are sharing the "swashbuckling space hero" status - with Alanna actually being more of the hero while Adam's more of "a nerdy science guy."
DC Comics fans will recognize the team's space-fairing locals, with the first two arcs taking them to Rann and Thanagar - with that second arc featuring Hawkman. Other characters will come into the book, as well, like a teenage hero from the Northern Ontario location the team will be based.
Lemire isn't skimping on research, having recently spent six months in the area to make it and the characters authentic.
"I've gotta say I've put more work into this book than I have for anything I've ever done for DC," he told Truitt. "It's been really fulfilling, and hopefully on top of all that it's a big fun action-adventure superhero comic that people will enjoy."