Justice League Dark writer Jeff Lemire and his new co-writer Ray Fawkes have been interviewed by Newsarama’s Vaneta Rogers about their post-Books of Magic plotlines. Lemire started off by explaining how Ray came to be his cowriter,
So when I got the Green Arrow assignment, I knew my schedule was going to tighten up quite a bit. And I had a decision to make. Would I leave Dark, which I didn’t really want to do? Because I really liked the characters in the book and feel like we’ve been getting some momentum going. So it just seemed like a good opportunity for me to ask Ray to come in and co-write with me, and help me schedule this stuff.
To start, when I needed the most help, we would talk the stuff together, and Ray would do the bulk of the scripting, and then we’d go over it together. So it really helped free my time quite a bit. That’s how it started. And now, it’s become, pretty much full collaboration, where we’re both really 50/50, writing the thing. It’s been really fun.
They also described how the format of the book would revolve around Zatanna, Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, and Frankenstein. The latter being added as his own book has just been cancelled and Lemire had developed an affinity for Frankenstein after writing his first New 52 adventures. Zatanna will also be more of a focus over the comics months.
The writers commented finally on their longer term plans,
Lemire: Geoff Johns and Scott [Snyder] and Pete Tomasi and Scott Lobdell and I were all in New York after the Comic Con there, and we had a writers summit with editorial. And we made plans.
Yes, the Justice League Dark team and the members — we have plans for all those guys throughout that, and we have plans to tie closer to what Geoff’s doing.
Geoff and I also want to do something in the future with the Justice League Dark team and what he’s doing with magic in Shazam.
So there are a lot of opportunities to keep this book closely tied with what’s going on in the bigger universe.
Fawkes: During Trinity War, readers are going to want to keep a really close eye on what John Constantine is up to.
I must admit that I had my concerns when it was announced that Ray Fawkes was coming on board. I should stress that its nothing to do with Ray’s abilities, I’m sure he’s a great writer, but I was afraid that Jeff was on his way out. This interview really set those issues to rest. It looks like Justice League Dark will remain one of DC’s better books.