UPDATED 11:45am EST: In addition to welcoming the new art team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, December's Justice League #15 will also kick off a 5-issue storyline teased in this month's issue #12 - "Throne of Atlantis", a crossover with Aquaman, featuring an attack by an army of Atlantis on the surface world, along with a new rivalry between Batman and Aquaman.

"It's all about progressing the team and the members and the reality and the perception of what the Justice League is in the DC Universe," series writer Geoff Johns told USA Today, who reports the writer has been planning for the story arc or a while, seeding story threads in the first issues of Justice League and Aquaman last fall that will carry over into the new storyline.

According to the national newspaper, starting in October's Justice League #13, there will be arcs building toward the major 2013 Trinity War event, starting with "the introduction of the villainess Cheetah and her connection with Wonder Woman, then moving to the Atlantis tale centered on Aquaman where the Justice League is caught between their world and a lost undersea society."

"There's an inciting incident that triggers some tensions" between the heroes, Johns said, "but really it's about taking a hard look at what the power of Atlantis is."

In "Throne of Atlantis," readers reportedly will learn a lot more about Aquaman and his disdain for the place he used to rule, explained Johns. "Aquaman's going to have to make some decisions that the League won't necessarily agree with."

Aquaman's wife Mera will also play a major role in the crossover, continuing the storyline of the two of them trying to solve the mystery of Atlantis' sinking, which hasn't been seen in the New 52 and the general population doesn't know exists.

"Mera has absolutely no affinity for Atlantis," Johns told USA Today. "She's from a penal colony and was raised to go to war with Atlantis and ultimately fell in love with Aquaman and defected like he did to the land.

"There's still questions of what Atlantis is like and what they do and what they're capable of and why they exist and who sank Atlantis. There's all this mythology behind Atlantis that were not really sure of and no one really has any answers, and we're about to get the answers."

The new art team of Reis and Prado are reportedly working on designing Atlantis and the Atlanteans, as well as creating a new look for Ocean Master, Aquaman's arch villains/brother who leads the Atlanteans' "world-spanning assault."

"Ocean Master's an interesting character," Johns said. "He doesn't dislike his brother — he just thinks his brother is incapable of leading Atlantis and he's proven over and over he can't. He thinks his brother's a little naïve on how it works.

"And if he's in his way, he's in his way."

"The Justice League is trying to come together and become the team that Aquaman said in issue #12 the team needed to be," concluded Johns. " A team that trusts each other, that knows each other, and there are no secrets anymore.

"They're trying to get through all that in this arc, and now they've got to deal with some of these things that they don't know about each other and are literally rising up out of the waters they're going to have to come face to face with."


Original story: DC co-publisher Jim Lee is leaving Justice League art duties, with the Aquaman team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado taking his place as of December's issue #15.

Lee has another, as-yet unannounced project coming at DC, with more news likely coming in October at New York Comic Con. It's worth noting that DC has the long-percolating "Trinity War" event on tap for 2013, and that Lee drew a sequence previewing the story in the company's Free Comic Book Day issue earlier this year.

Reis and Prado's cover to Justice League #15 show both the already-absent Green Lantern and (more curiously) The Flash missing from the team's ranks. In a statement published by Buzzfeed, Justice League writer Geoff Johns also mentioned "Trinity War," saying, "With new relationships developing — like Wonder Woman and Superman — new members coming on – like Shazam! and the all-new Atom — and new threats rising — like Ocean Master & Atlantis — the Justice League will grow and change as we march towards the impending 'Trinity War.'"

Along with Aquaman, Johns has previously worked with Reis and Prado on Green Lantern and Blackest Night. "Ivan Reis and Joe Prado bring power, grace, emotion and epic storytelling worthy of the world's greatest super heroes," Johns said.  

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