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DC Comics Announces ‘Justice League of America’

At the Fan Expo Toronto today (Sunday, August 26th), DC Comics has announced another new title for 2013: Justice League of America. Hit the jump for all the details, including the full art of the team’s roster by series artist David Finch, some comments from series writer Geoff Johns, and what this could possibly mean for the future of the DC Universe.

First up, the art (click to enlarge):

First off, it’s quite a mixed bag for a team. We’ve got Vibe, Catwoman, Steve Trevor, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter, Katana, Hawkman, and Green Arrow. There are actually a lot of clues in here about what could be coming next for the DC Universe’s next wave of cancellations, or at the very least some shake-ups:

1. With Liefeld quitting DC Comics and Hawkman now appearing in this title, it’s likely that The Savage Hawkman will get a cancellation.

2. J’onn moving to this team from Stormwatch could spell doom for that title as well, or at least a roster change.

3. Same goes for Katana and the Birds of Prey (though given the current storyline, it’s more likely that Katana was thrown out due to her slightly murderous tendencies).

4. Also, way to spoil that Steve Trevor was not in fact killed by Graves in Justice League.

5. The Catwoman inclusion just baffles me a bit. It just seems so out of character, and there’s no way that book is being cancelled since it sells decently, so I guess we’ll have to see.

Some comments from Geoff Johns, who will be writing the series (big surprise), after the announcement, courtesy of DC Comics:

“This is a very different kind of team book,” says Geoff Johns. “On first glance, people might think the heroes of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA stand in the shadows of Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, but Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman thrive in the shadows. They’re underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose. They’re a team of unlikely heroes who will help one another discover they’re as A-List as anybody — yes, even Vibe. Though getting there won’t be easy. Why they’re formed, why each member joins, what they’re after and who the society of villains is they’re trying to take apart will all be clear in the first issue when it hits early 2013. David and I are really focused on delving deep into what it’s like to not be a member of the big seven and why, sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
I am happy to see Stargirl come back, but I’m worried about this series as a whole. If we learned anything from Justice League it’s that Johns works best on a book with one principle character; when writing a team he seems to keep everything one-dimensional. But, seeing as how Stargirl, pretty much any Green Lantern, and Steve Trevor are pet characters of his maybe it’ll all work out. We’ll find out next year.

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