Just before Christmas (yeah I’m still playing catch-up) JLA writer James Robinson gave a pair of interviews to Newsarama about the new members in his JLA and about the next Eclipso arc.
The interview came hot on the heels of DC’s announcement with the March 2011 Solicitations that Saint Walker of the Blue Lanterns would be joining the Justice League. Walker was a character James wanted for the JLA from the moment he saw him, but things had to be synchronised with the Green Lantern franchise:
When I first saw him, I immediately liked Walker and I saw him as a potential sort of – I don’t know, an alien figure, in the way it would fit my team, in the way that J’onn J’onzz would fit the Big 7.
So Walker continues the pattern of the replacement League where each member of the current JLA is a proxy for one of the classic founders.
And on the current storyline James Robinson commented that:
This is all part of a much bigger story. This is my first foray into the Crime Syndicate, but it isn’t the last. Readers of my Starman series have seen me build a big, overriding storyline, and that’s what I’m doing here with Justice League of America. All of what I’m doing with the Crime Syndicate, and the Omega Man, is a first salvo with these characters. They’ll be coming back later for a much bigger role even than this one, in another storyline that I have cooking.
The seeds for “JLA: Omega” were planted in his first issue (JLA #38 in 2009) so he’s already shown a long-term plan. That there is still stuff to come is interesting.
The second part of the interview discussed the replacement of Mark Bagley (who is back at Marvel) with Brett Booth. He also talks about the return of the classic Bruce Gordon Eclipso and how JLA #54 will be an “Eclipso solo story more than anything” that sets up the arc proper in JLA #55.