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Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's Time To Fight For Justice...For America! - Review by Counter Monkey Steve

For those of you that do not know: DC Comics is launching a new Justice League title entitled JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. It will be written by Geoff Johns, one of the masters of DC Comics, with art by David Finch. The team will consist of members assembled by Steve Trevor as a member of ARGUS for the protection of the United States, due to the original Justice League marching to the beat of their own drum.

From left to right, the team will be comprised of:


Seen largely as a throwaway character in the old DC Universe, Geoff Johns hope to breathe new life into the character with JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and is even co-writing the first issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA'S VIBE. Young Paco Ramone will apparently have received his power to emit vibration due to the invasion of Darkseid and his Parademons from Apokolips during the first story arc of JUSTICE LEAGUE and will be acting as the guardian of a gateway to other worlds.


Selina Kyle remains Batman's other side of the track's love interest, but as revealed in # 0 of her own series, her true name may not even be Selina Kyle. Could this cat burglar with a heart of gold have been recruited by Steve Trevor with the incentive to be given the information regarding her true name and origin?

Steve Trevor

Steve Trevor is no stranger to being a part of team or following orders, as he was a member of an elite military unit alongside the current Deathstroke and Black Canary called Team 7. This time around, however, he will be leading. After being unceremoniously dumped by Wonder Woman and tortured to give up information regarding the Justice League, I am sure that Steve has some aggression he would like to get out of his system, and going into battle against superhuman and otherworldly forces should allow him to do just that.

Green Lantern Simon Baz

Simon is new to the world of superheroics. He was gifted the combined rings of Hal Jordan and Sinestro before they were pulled into Black Hand's ring and presumed dead. At the time, Baz was accused of something heinous and used the ring to prove his innocence and then do something no other Green Lantern had done before: he was able to use the ring to will someone back from a coma and brain death. Baz's faith and strength of will should bring something unique to the table.

Martian Manhunter

J'onn J"onnz is a creature surrounded by mystery. He first appeared as part of the Stormwatch team when the New 52 began, but he left abruptly and not without erasing all knowledge of his presence from the mind of each team member. He apparently feigned interest in joining the Justice League but quickly ended up betraying their trust for unknown reasons. Johns has described the character as a "one man Illuminati", being able to be anyone and anywhere. Sounds cool to me.


Courtney Whitmore was a member of the Justice Society of America in the old DC Universe, having been inspired by the Star-Spangled Kid. Stargirl is meant to be the public face of the Justice League of America. Johns did a fantastic job developing her into a real and sympathetic person in the old Universe, and I am sure he will do so in the New 52, as well.


Since the beginning of the New 52, Katana has been a member of the Birds of Prey alongside Black Canary and Batgirl. Tatsu Yamashiro carries a blade that she believes holds the soul of her deceased husband, and she is quite deadly and efficient with it. It is still unknown how or why she is recruited by Trevor, but having a skilled swordsman on a team can never be a bad thing. For those interested, Katana will be receiving her own ongoing series, just like Vibe, going into the launch of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.


Carter Hall believed himself to be an ordinary human archaeologist, but as THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN # 0 revealed, he is actually Katar Hol, a member of the Thanagarian race and the adopted son of the Thanagarian king Thal Provis. He was deeply in love with the princess Shayera Thal, but as things sometimes do, everything went down the toilet. As Thanagar was about to enter a time of peace, Daemonites killed the king and removed all the Thanagarian's wings. The king's successor, Corsar, was war hungry and believing Katar to be willing to take the throne from him, attacked him with the intent to kill. Corsar was killed instead, and Shayera was heart broken, leading to Katar's exile. Maybe being part of a close knit group is just what Hawkman needs to make him less savage.

Green Arrow

Oliver Queen has striven to be a member of the Justice League for quite some time. When the team refused to grant him membership thanks to the aforementioned betrayal by the Martian Manhunter, Steve Trevor stepped in and offered Queen and his bow a place within the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Arguably the world's greatest archer, for now Queen also possesses an unending amount of funds that grant him different types of arrows and technology to do what he wants to do best: helping others in need. Consider him a modern day Robin Hood, but without the theft, as Catwoman has that down.

As you can clearly see, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA will have quite the ecliptic lineup. If anyone can handle such a large assortment of differing powers and personalities, however, it is Geoff Johns. Be sure to reserve a copy of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA # 1 today at either of our conveniently located COMIX CONNECTION stores. Our subscription service is free, so you can also have a copy of the comic and other series held for you each time an new issue arrives! Give it a chance...FOR AMERICA!



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