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The Atom. Vixen. Killer Frost. The Ray. Four heroes with interesting histories will go A-List this winter with the new Justice League of America ongoing and one shots, starting in January. In a press release earlier today, DC announced:
Foes of evil! Enemies of injustice! As it began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, for the mighty heroes of the Justice League of America, all wrongdoing is a menace to be stamped out! Whether it comes from outer space, from the watery depths of the seven seas, or springs from the minds of men, the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA is back—just when we need it most!In January 2017, kicking off JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (hitting shelves twice monthly starting February 2017) are four DC Rebirth one-shots. They make four bold statements that form the foundation of a team that will bring justice to places that have given up on hope; places that thought heroism would never find them. The Justice League of America goes there! They explore the Microverse, the Hidden Cities, the worlds within worlds; they go to the other side of the map and explode forward with the new face of Heroism.This is a Justice League that looks like America, that proves Heroism can look like ANYTHING and ANYONE.From February 1960 to February 2017. The mission hasn’t changed. It’s just evolved.
Take note the commitment to diversity, here.
The new foundational pillars of the JLA include an Asian college student with social anxiety and severe allergies (The Atom), a black businesswoman and social justice activist (Vixen), a female Suicide Squad alum (Killer Frost), and a gay man who grew up in complete isolation because of his powers (The Ray). I cannot wait to see where this goes.
With Steve Orlando taking primary helm of the writing, the future looks pretty bright for this team book, starting in February. Best known for Supergirl and the upcoming Midnighter and Apollo, Orlando‘s commitment to telling authentic stories cannot be denied. With other characters said to be joining the team later, I can only hope for even more of these kinds of stories.
Also co-writing two of the one-shots (for Killer Frost and Vixen, specifically) is Jody Houser. Artists will include Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Marcelo Maiolo.
The publishing schedule looks like this for January:
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE ATOM #1Written by STEVE ORLANDO*Artist to be revealed!Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLOOne shot • On sale JANUARY 432 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TJUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: VIXEN #1Written by STEVE ORLANDO and JODY HOUSERArt by JAMAL CAMPBELLCover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLOOne shot • On sale JANUARY 1132 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TJUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE RAY #1Written by STEVE ORLANDOArt by STEPHEN BYRNECover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLOOne shot • On sale JANUARY 1832 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TJUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: KILLER FROST #1Written by STEVE ORLANDO and JODY HOUSERArt by MIRKA ANDOLFOCover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLOOne shot • On sale JANUARY 1832 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T