John Siuntres has interviewed ex-Justice League of America James Robinson for his Word Balloon podcast about Robinson’s new Shade series and his upcoming Justice Society series. Robinson couldn’t say much about the JS, but did hint that he’d be following-up his development of Solomon Grundy from his appearances in Starman. As to the rest of the series, all he would say was:
It’s not what people are expecting, but hopefully they’ll come around to liking it.
He was also asked about his experience on the Justice League. He described writing the League as “tough” when navigating the shifting-sands of DC Universe events and reveals that he’d initially wanted Wally West as the team’s speedster and not Jesse Quick.
Interestingly Robinson reveals that, before the New 52 reboot was finalized, he and his League team were going to shift onto a second Justice League title while the main book went off in a different direction (presumably with Johns and Lee). Many of the elements we saw in his last issue, Justice League of America (vol. 2) #60 (Oct 2011), were to have been played out in that second title. Long time fans might remember that Robinson’s version of the Justice League was originally meant to have been a second League team running parallel to Dwayne McDuffie’s tenure on the main title. However, McDuffie was fired and Robinson’s series was turned into Justice League: Cry For Justice and he was drafted onto the main title as McDuffie’s replacement.
I’m liking the Shade series, but it feels like a hold over from the old DC Universe. It’s themes of legacy and generations don’t really fit with the bright, new forgetting-what-made-them-distinct New DCU. In the podcast, James Robinson points out that books like Geoff Johns’ Teen Titans and Infinite Crisis, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and probably also his own Starman series (or specifically the Jack Knight character) never happened in the new DC Universe. Which beggars the question that if the Knights were never Starman, does the Shade series even take place on the current Earth-Zero? Wouldn’t it better be set on Robinson’s new Earth-Two?