DC announced the creative teams on DC's Justice League titles for Rebirth, while also teasing what will happen in upcoming Justice League issues by artist Jay Fabok and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns before the latter starts his DC Universe Rebirth series that kicks off DC's relaunch of its books in June.
Fabok and Johns said Justice League #50 will blow the mind of readers. Specifically, the creators said the previous scene where Batman heard Joker's real name from the Mobius Chair (from Justice League #42) will be followed up on, as readers learn the character's real name. "It'll all become clear when we get to that story," Johns said.
For hints about Rebirth, readers might also want to look at the current title Titans Hunt, which Johns said ties directly in to DC Universe Rebirth.
The current Titans Hunt by Dan Abnett leads into the new monthly title Titans, which Abnett will also write, working with artist Brett Booth. The book will launch in July and will feature a team similar to the one Abnett is writing in the current Titans Hunt, including Dick Grayson, Donna Troy, Arsenal and Garth. "These are legacy characters," Abnett said. "And they are also friends."
Abnett said he cannot talk about what happens in the book became Johns told him not to. But Johns said Titans Hunt will tie directly in to DC Universe Rebirth, and Titans going forward will spin directly out of Rebirth.
Abnett is also writing, Aquaman, working with Brad Walker as co-writer, along with artists Walker, Jesus Merino and Phil Briones. The book will launch in June and ship twice monthly.
Abnett called Aquaman a great character — "a superhero, a regular guy, a king, an Atlantean, a surface-dweller." In Aquaman's first storyline, the character wants to make Atlantis part of the world, but neither Atlantis or the surface-world embrace the idea. There are also people out to destroy him, including Black Manta coming back "bigger and better than ever," Abnett said.
Abnett and Johns said they'll be working together on "Rise of the Seven Seas," a storyline Johns teased when he was on Aquaman.
Bryan Hitch will write and Tony Daniel and Fernando Pasarin will draw the twice-monthly, July-launching Justice League. The cover shown features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, The Flash and two Green Lanterns — Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. Daniel said the two Green Lanterns are "rookies" who are thrown into a big, cataclysmic event with the rest of the Justice League. "It's the biggest thing I've ever been a part of, I think," Daniel said.
Joshua Williamson, whom Johns specifically called out as someone who's "grown into a great writer," will work on the June-launching, twice-monthly The Flash with artists Carmine Di Giandomenico and Neil Googe. Williamson said a Speed Force storm shows up over Central City, and there are dozens of new speedsters. Barry Allen has to train them. One in particular becomes a killer called Godspeed, Williamson said. The Flash cover featured the New 52 version of Wally West in some type of Kid Flash costume.
Robert Venditti will write the twice-month, July-launching title Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, working with artists Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval. Venditti said the story will show how Sinestro wins the war against the Green Lanterns and parks Warworld where Oa once was. John Stewart and Guy Gardner will also be in the book and "all the Lanterns."
DC Chief Creative Officer and Rebirth architect Geoff Johns will work on the Green Lantern Rebirth one-shot with artist Ethan Van Sciver and writer Sam Humphries, who's crossing to DC from Marvel to write the new title Green Lanterns.
Humphries said Green Lanterns, which features art by Robson Rocha and Ardian Syaf, will focus on Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, whom he called the two new Green Lanterns of earth — rookie Green Lanterns who are partners trying to learn to love each other. "They have to patrol the most treacherous sector in all of space, and that's planet Earth," Humphries said, calling the book a story about "courage overcoming fear." The villains in the book will be the Red Lanterns, including Atrocitus and Bleez. The story will be called "Red Dawn."
Animation veteran John Semper, who worked on Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Static Shock, will be writing the August-launching, twice-monthly Cyborg, working with artists Will Conrad and Paul Pelletier. Semper said the book will play on the idea of mankind becoming so attached to technology, practically and biologically, that it will be hard to tell humanity from technology — something called "The Singularity."
"Cyborg is already living The Singularity," Semper said. "And that's something we wanted to investigate. Where does the soul of machine end and the soul of man start?" Semper said he'll be going into a dark place with Cyborg, and he'll also explore the challenges of being a black man living in Detroit.