The image posted yesterday was still identified as a "Canadian-based team" by writer Jeff Lemire. I didn't pick up on the fact that he didn't simply call them Justice League Canada.
And that's because they aren't going by that name anymore. They are now justice League United. This was revealed in an article in USA Today...huh...today.
In addition to telling a big honkin' superhero story with his new comic book, Jeff Lemire wants to teach everyone there's more to his native Canada than hockey, poutine and maple syrup.Split time? I gathered there would be some of that with Adam Strange as a member, but now time is split to the point that "Canada" is removed from the title. Splendid.
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.
"It keeps the book fresh when you have those two very different settings or landscapes to go between," says Lemire, who's working with artist Mike McKone on the new effort.There has never been a Justice League team based in Canada, let alone northern Ontario. How much more "fresh" can that get?
"It's very much a swashbuckling, world-jumping space adventure."
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."
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.
"One thing I wanted to do with the book was really touch on every corner of the DC Universe in one team," Lemire says. "Thus the United title."
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."So based in northern Ontario, but active everywhere but. Noted.
The rest of the article, which you can read here, is specific to the Cree character the Lemire has planned and who is my sole remaining reason to give a shit about this book.
The only positive I take from this is that the team can continue to be based in Canada long-term, for what that's worth. It'll be mostly filled with Americans and aliens, but they'll be in northern Ontario. On occasion. Yippie.