The native Canadian hero of the Cree Nation that Jeff Lemire has teased for his new series Justice League United finally has a name and details. The character is called Equinox, and she’s a teenager who will star in an arc of the series called “Justice League Canada,” the originally announced title for the book itself.
The story will take place in rural communities called Moose Factory and Moosonee, which Lemire told CBC News was intentional. “I wanted to put it in a rural setting because I think that's a really interesting thing: to take these big, bombastic superhero stories and put them in a very quiet setting, where you normally wouldn't see those characters."
Equinox is a 16-year-old Cree whose civilian name is Miiyahbin. Her powers are seasonally based and connected to the Earth (though CBC naturally didn’t get into exactly how/what they’ll do), and Lemire hopes to use her stories to share the world of the Cree. He took multiple trips to Moosonee and Moose Factory and enlisted the help of actual Cree people to help him get away from stereotypes and into the real heart of the people. The ultimate goal? “We need diversity and we need different personalities,” Lemire said. “Creating a teenage female superhero was interesting to me because, generally, most superheroes are white males.”
Equinox comes on the heels of Marvel Comics releasing the new Ms. Marvel, starring a Pakistani-American girl named Kamala Khan. That series’ first two issues have charted at #1 on digital comics distributor comiXology in the US and several international markets.