We are getting a new Justice League book, the fourth one of the New 52. After Justice League, Dark, and International variants we’ll now be getting “..of America”. This was announced, rather ironically, in Toronto at FanExpo Canada — yeah, DC can’t even announce their headline America book in America.
The new book will be called Justice League of America and will be written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by David Finch. It launches next year. The promo image above shows the new group, one that builds out of many intersecting elements that Johns has grown since the New 52 reboot.
The team is made up of Vibe, Catwoman, Steve Trevor, the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern 2814.5 (Baz), Stargirl, Katanna, Green Arrow, and Hawkman. We saw Trevor recruit Green Arrow in Justice League (vol. 2) #8 (June 2012) and a flash-forward of the Justice League fighting a team like this in The New 52 Special Edition #1 (June 2012). The Manhunter had been part of Stormwatch, but appears to have parted company with them.
Johns and Finch talked to MTV Geek about the new title:
Geek: I’m pretty excited about the roster for the team, but before we get to that, what’s the idea of the book? Why do they get together?
GJ: The idea of why the JLA forms, and what it is, and what it’s in reaction to… It kind of spins out of Justice League #12; what happens in that, and then subsequent issues, because JLA comes out next year some time. But the book itself is a group of heroes that aren’t necessarily coming together because they want to be together… They’ve been selected specifically. They all want, or need something that Steve Trevor, and the other person behind the scenes that’s in charge of this team can provide.
The first arc is going to deal with something they learn is called The Secret Society of Super-Villains.
Geek: I’m curious, how specific is the “Of America” part of the title?
GJ: It’s specific because its run by A.R.G.U.S. They have a team they feel they can now control. Whether or not that ends up being the case is up for debate.
I wonder if they’ll be camped in Detroit. I think I’m more curious about this than excited. The A.R.G.U.S. plotline has consistently been the most enjoyable parts of the Justice League title. This spins out of that so it’s got by attention. What this means for the core Justice League title isn’t unclear.