New Justice League Titles

In recent news, Scott Snyder will be taking over Justice League and starting up a whole bunch of different titles. From the article:

Justice League: No Justice will be written by Scott Snyder, Josh Williamson, and James Tynion IV with art from Frances Manapul, and will run weekly in May. In No Justice, Brainiac arrives on Earth with a warning for DC’s heroes about an impending threat that can only be stopped if the Justice League joins forces with some of DC’s worst villains.

Who’s teaming with whom? Here’s some concept art from Frances Manapul to answer that very question:

I’m calling this team JLAliens (which is completely a call back to the Justice Leagues mini event from 2001) and while it’s nice to see Martian Manhunter back with the League . . . Starro? Really?!

JLMagic (or maybe JLDark again?) with what looks to be Raven on the left, though I may be mistaken.

JLMoney (because they’re all wealthy – wasn’t Changeling/Beast Boy the adopted son of Steve Dayton at some point?). As I don’t keep up with the Superman titles, I hadn’t realised Luthor was still wearing the S-shield.

JLScience? JLNerds? And I guess they had to shoehorn Harley Quinn in there somewhere.

First impression – 5 women out of team of 20? That’s not a brilliant score, is it? Why not Batgirl instead of Robin? Scandal Savage instead of Deathstroke? Soranik Natu instead of Sinestro? Literally any female character instead of Starro?

Second impression – no Green Lantern or Aquaman? Are they not in the League any longer?

Third impression – the uniforms. Because that worked out so well the last time the League went in for that look:

Just saying . . .

Reservations aside, I will, of course, be buying these, as I’m a sucker for the Justice League.

Which is why I own a complete run of Justice League Task Force.

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Coming Soon For Green Lantern

Picked up Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #13 yesterday and,as the solicitation info says:

Set far in the future, this issue is packed with clues about what’s around the corner for Hal Jordan and the rest of the Corps!

It’s definitely a pause and reflect issue after the somewhat full on tempo of the last twelve issues that detailed the return of the Corps, the defeat of Sinestro, and escape from both Brainiac and Larfleeze, and gives us a glimpse of what’s coming up. There are several things hinted at, including the return of the Sinestro Corps (possibly under the control of Romat-Ru), Evil Star and the Spider Guild, as well as what appear to be giant robots with very Kirby-like designs.

But then we get a couple of double page spreads that really caught my eye:

power_ring_corps

Armies incomprehensible” that caption box says as we see a whole host of power rings flying out, presumably looking for hosts. And I use “power rings” deliberately as the symbol on them is that of the original Earth-3 Green Lantern counterpart, Power Ring:

power_ring

While there were a number of different Power Ring incarnations over the years (the original shown above, as well as both a Kyle-Rayner and a John Stewart analogue when the Crime Syndicate were from the Anti-Matter Earth as opposed to Earth-3) they were only ever shown as single characters, not part of a Corps. Will the Earth-3 universe be sending it’s evil Power Ring Corps over to ours?

second_war_of_light

This “battle for the fate of existence itself” at first glance looks like a second War of Light with the Sinestro Corps and the Red Lanterns battling the other Corps. However, in the bottom right being blasted by Indigo-1 and in the middle left, just below Atrocitus’s left fist, are what appear to be Weaponers of Qward but which, on closer examination, are Orange Lantern constructs (note the Orange Lantern symbol on the shoulder of the one in the bottom right) – has Larfleeze taken over the Weaponers?

Either way, it’s looking like it’s going to be an exciting few months for the Green Lantern Corps.