From the Tako rumours at the weekend...
Justice League United #0
JLA #14 is not JLC #14
And there we have it. Now confirmed by USA Today,
DC Comics' Justice League of America series ends in April, and then later in the month Lemire relaunches it as Justice League United with a zero issue and a diverse superhero team that will split its time between Northern Ontario and cosmic locales.
Lemire was going to call the book Justice League Canada but as he worked out the series with DC co-publisher Dan DiDio and others, "we decided it was a good idea to expand the scope of the series."
The aftermath of the current Forever Evil saga, headed up by Justice League writer Geoff Johns, creates a new paradigm for the A-List League, Justice League Dark and the new squad north of the border, according to Lemire.
Could that be Lex Luthor joining the main team?
We get the character list for the JLC…
United kicks off with celebrity superheroes Animal Man and Stargirl signing autographs at a convention in Toronto, but duty calls for both up north in Moose Factory and Moosonee near the James Bay coast, just below the Arctic. That's where the main adventure starts and also where the United team will be based after the first arc.
Stargirl, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Green Arrow are members of the previous JLA who carry over into the new squad, which also includes Animal Man, Supergirl and a reintroduced Adam Strange.
And what's going to go down,
Lemire didn't want to make the mistake that a lot of "cosmic" comics make in that they're too disconnected from the main universe "or what's happening on Earth, basically," the writer says. So United will act as a bridge between worlds — much of the first arc takes place on the planet Rann, which acts in contrast to the heroes' "very stark, rural Northern Ontario location."
And the second arc sends the team off to Thanagar for a story line revolving around Hawkman and his past, Lemire says. "The character is going to continue to evolve, pretty dramatically actually."
And as for that all important diversity,
Lemire also plans on introducing an all-new character to the DC Universe as a member of the team, a superpowered Cree teenager from the Canadian area where the team is setting up their headquarters.
There's a mystery surrounding who she is and her name is being kept secret for now, but Lemire says she's of First Nations lineage — a reference to the indigenous people of Canada — and her creation was influenced by Cree legends and folklore.
So… I think Batman And Wonder Woman #30 is a lock?