In an announcement revealed by USA Today, this April DC Entertainment will end its Justice League of America title and replace it with Justice League United. Written by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium) and illustrated by Mike McKone (Teen Titans), this title stars a brand new version of the team and will take place in Northern Ontario and a handful of exotic cosmic locations. Lemire, a native Canadian, believes this setting will set the book apart from most superhero comics.
"It keeps the book fresh when you have those two very different settings or landscapes to go between," Lemire told the website. "It's very much a swashbuckling, world-jumping space adventure."
While the locations may vary between the Canadian wilderness and infinite space, the teamâ€™s roster is even more eclectic. The group ranges from street-level vigilantes to godlike beings and includes Green Arrow, Animal Man, Hawkman, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl and Adam Strange. The team will also feature a completely original female teenage character created by Lemire.
Justice League United will be the third ongoing Justice League title, with Justice League and Justice League Dark consisting of completely different members and plotlines. Over the past few years, Lemire has written some of the best comics available, including Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, and The Underwater Welder. United will be his most high-profile title to date, so it will be interesting to see how much of a character-driven indie influence he can bring to such a large book.
Justice League United debuts this April. Check out the full first cover below:
[via USA Today]