Bryan Hitch's first issue of JLA: Justice League of America hit shelves Wednesday, and from the way the writer/artist is talking he's got big "epic" plans for what's to come. In an interview running on DC's in-house digital show DC All Access, the UK-based cartoonist says
"The way I've been kind of equating it to Brian Cumming, my editor, is that it's like Game of Thrones. Where you have a single massive sprawling volume, which is fantastic, but is part of a much much bigger story in itself; it's an epic," Hitch explans. "If I had it my way, I'd do seven story arcs where each one of the core characters gets to be upfront more than the other and kind of leads that core story. Yes, I do have ideas for all of that and beyond. They'll have to pry this book out of my cold dead fingers."
Although DC itself hasn't confirmed such long-term plans for Hitch on JLA: Justice League of America, the fact that they posted his comments through an official channel like DC All Access leads to some validity, at least in the hopes of the publisher.
A 7-arc run on a title is an ambitious goal, especially for somone both writing and drawing each issue. Hitch's longest continued work ever was as an artist on Marvel's The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2 with a combined 26 issues. That run, however, had significant delays attributed to Hitch led to the title having a much delayed schedule.
In addition to talking about the length of his run on JLA: Justice League of America, Hitch once again hit on the mystery identity of his inaugural arc's villain as being someone new but someone seen in Superman comics from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Solicits for later issues refer to the Church of Rao as an antagonist for the JLA, so it's possible that villain could be infact Rao himself.
Hitch states in the DC All Access interview that while pre-existing villains would appear during his run on JLA: Justice League of America, the main villains of his run would be all new creations by him.