Some folks wondered what the deal was when JLA just became Justice League in DC Comics' New 52. The answer was given at Fan Expo Toronto on Sunday, when it was announced that in 2013, Justice League of America will become a brand new ongoing series from Geoff Johns and David Finch, focusing on the heroes you don't know so well.
More specifically, Martian Manhunter (late of Stormwatch), Catwoman, Green Arrow and Hawkman (from their own titles), Katana (late of Birds of Prey), the new Green Lantern (to be introduced next month in Green Lantern #0), and old-school Justice League Detroit dude Vibe, and even Stargirl, a holdover from the ol' Justice Society of America (which does not exist in the New 52).
This was hinted at back in Justice League #8, when Green Arrow kept trying out for the main big-time belonging-to-the-whole-world team of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash and that Green Lantern everybody knows. Justice League liaison and best thing about the series Steve Trevor, however, had a different team in mind for Ol' Ollie Queen. This is apparently it.
"This is a very different kind of team book,” said Johns. “On first glance, people might think the heroes of the Justice League of America stand in the shadows of Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League, but Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman thrive in the shadows. They're underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose. They're a team of unlikely heroes who will help one another discover they're as A-List as anybody — yes, even Vibe. Though getting there won't be easy. Why they're formed, why each member joins, what they're after and who the society of villains is they're trying to take apart will all be clear in the first issue when it hits early 2013. David and I are really focused on delving deep into what it's like to not be a member of the big seven and why, sometimes, the grass isn't always greener on the other side.”
All this brings to mind a horde of questions – like why the much-mocked breakdance-kid Vibe? What the hell is Catwoman doing on any kind of team? Does Stargirl mean we can hope for more JSA vets to pop up in new forms – or old forms, seeing as how she looks exactly like she used to (although there seems to be a notable lack of cosmic rod)? Will Hawkman's own book get the axe now that Rob Liefeld's dropped out? Why does Earth have FIVE Green Lanterns now? Couldn't a new league get a different color on the team? Does this mean Johns will be giving up Aquaman, Green Lantern, or the main Justice League book?
Anyway, Justice League is one of DC's best-selling titles, so it's only logical they make room for another one with essentially the same name. This is definitely an interesting development.