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Jeff Lemire Takes Over JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK

"This is my dream gig at DC Comics, no doubt about it."

Justice League Dark #6

Jeff Lemire is getting to be quite a busy guy. With SWEET TOOTH and ANIMAL MAN (and SUPERBOY, pre-New 52), the writer has established his presence at DC Comics. Lemire now has another title to take on to shape under his direction.

DC's The Source announced today that after the JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK/I, VAMPIRE crossover in issues #7 and 8, Lemire will become the new writer for JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK.

This is my dream gig at DC Comics, no doubt about it. The characters in Justice League Dark are my absolute favorite in the DC Comics stable, and I can’t believe I’m actually getting a chance to write John Constantine, Zatanna and Deadman (as well as a few new team members!).

One of the first things Lemire will deal with is why the name "Justice League" is in the title. What is the connection between this team and Geoff Johns' JUSTICE LEAGUE? Constantine will emerge as the true leader of the team and two new members will be joining ("one's a man and ones a woman, one uses magic, one doesn't").

In terms of art, Mikal Janin will be staying on the title. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #9 should be on sale the final week of May.

Update

For those wondering what happens to Peter Milligan now that he's not writing JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, DC just announced that he'll be taking over STORMWATCH with issue #9 along with continuing RED LANTERNS.

Stormwatch has the craziness, the paranoia and the occasional bursts of odd humor that really grab me. This is my kind of book. In other words, when I re-read Paul Cornell’s excellent first series with a view to taking over the writing duties I was really excited. And I’m excited too by what I have planned, from Stormwatch facing a ferocious character from the Red Lantern Corps, to hidden secrets being revealed about the origin of Stormwatch, and some shocking revelations about the mysterious Shadow Lords. It’s going to be a very intense ride.

It’s a bit of a wrench leaving JL Dark, of course, and not working with the increasingly outstanding Mikel Janin. But the fact that Jeff Lemire is taking over makes me very sanguine. I think Jeff is great. And I think he’ll be great for this book. It’ll be intriguing to see how he handles the great conman mage, John Constantine, whose twisted life I’m continuing to chronicle over in Vertigo’s Hellblazer.
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Posted by Benzo

Awesome!!!!!!! Jeff Lemire has always been one of my favorite writers! :D

Posted by MorningGentleman

YES! fantastic news, another title to add to my list

Posted by aztek_the_lost

What the hell is with all these rotating doors of writers? How are we ever going to get a great series if they just change the writer every eight issues? I don't hate Lemire (in fact I love some of his stuff) but what was wrong with Milligan or any of the other writers getting the shaft?

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Posted by wowylied

I hope they will talk for a change of art too because i really don't like this. The art in this one is the new cancer of comic artist, the use of 3d poser. It is ugly, it is like a lasy guy wanted to make a bad russian porn 3d webcomic.

Seriously, we have this in jld, some deadpool issue, new avengers, secret avengers and others title too.

Posted by G-Man

@aztek_the_lost: Maybe they're leaving on their own? I know that was the case with some titles. Others, not so sure. It's possible some creators only signed up for the first arc.

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Posted by longbowhunter

Just read this on another site. Looks like I'm back on board with JLD!

Posted by aztek_the_lost

@G-Man said:

@aztek_the_lost: Maybe they're leaving on their own? I know that was the case with some titles. Others, not so sure. It's possible some creators only signed up for the first arc.

Just seems weird to me, maybe you have the inside scoop but it looks like every book that isn't doing absolutely phenomenal is either getting replaced with a new book or the writer's getting replaced. It seems to me DC is accepting nothing less then absolute perfection (in terms of sales anyway). I mean interviews from these creators early on seem to suggest they were actually invested in these books so I don't think they're all just willingly abandoning ship but maybe I'm wrong.

I chose to stick with thirteen specific books of the batch because of the creator-driven potential they had, once you throw all the creators out of the equation, I don't know why I should be supporting this New 52 thing at all.

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Posted by SexualLobster

I'm not all to educated on DC, but is 'Avengers dark' an answer to Dark Avengers? Or vise versa maybe?

Posted by Pbott

@aztek_the_lost said:

What the hell is with all these rotating doors of writers? How are we ever going to get a great series if they just change the writer every eight issues? I don't hate Lemire (in fact I love some of his stuff) but what was wrong with Milligan or any of the other writers getting the shaft?

It could be any number of things really, but imo its just DC seeing that Jeff is arguably the hottest writer at DC, so they talk to him about what he would like to write and they came to JLD

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Pretty nice! I loved Lemire's run on the pre-Flashpoint Superboy so this should be interesting. I share Aztek's sentiments though in wondering what is going on with all the change-up in writers.

Posted by WildStyle

What's with all these writers leaving?

Anyway, Lemire might get me reading this again. I dropped it after issue 5 because I got bored of it. It still has a ton of potential but it's too slow for me.

Posted by hajime76

Peter Milligan did a good job bringing together the current lineup to Justice League Dark. Some of the other characters needed more development but the story so far as been entertaining. I really like how the DC Dark series is merging the Vertigo universe more with the regular DC universe. I am excited to see Lemire working on another series in the New 52. I have really enjoyed the other books that he is currently working on. It would be interesting to see what other Vertigo writers could contribute to the New 52 series (Matt Wagner, Bryan Talbot, Peter Gross). Maybe we will see some cameos from the Vertigo universe like Doom Patrol, Timothy Hunter or even some of The Endless.

Posted by The Lobster

I don't know how I feel about this. 
 
On one hand I'm sad that Peter Milligan is leaving. He's one of my favorite writers and it seems weird that DC is having this revolving door thing with writers. I get the feeling that DC is only looking for the series that sell. Those that didn't out of the new 52 got canceled, those that are selling fine but not huge numbers are getting a change in writers, and those that are selling huge stay the same. It's bizarre because Justice League Dark was both a financial and critical success. Changing writers just seems like their trying to improve something that doesn't need to be improved. 
 
On the other hand, Animal Man is a awesome book. If anyone can take the reigns from Peter Milligan it's Jeff Lemire. He seems pretty passionate about it as well, which is always a good thing. His new ideas sound interesting and I'm interested to see who these new members are. Although if one of them doesn't use magic doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of the team?....I'll wait and see who it is.
 
I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I'm pretty sure something screwy is going on over at DC. First the writer of Static Shock leaves, now all the change in writers only a few issues in. Something is coco for cocopuffs over there.

Edited by Boogiepop

I'm happy with this. I did not like JLD. It was one of the New 52 I was most excited about, but I gave up after a few issues. I just found it boring. I dunno how Constantine and Zatanna are boring, but in this series they were. I'll pick it back up when Lemire takes over.

Oh, and SexualLobster, since no one answered you, I will. No it has absolutely nothing to do with Dark Avengers.

The "Dark" in Justice League Dark means more like "occult" or "dark magic" or something like that, rather than "evil". It's about Zatanna and some of the other characters who deal with magic stuff. Lots of potential to the series with a good writer.

Edited by jsphsmth

I am happy about this. The series was dragging, much like Red Lanterns. Peter Milligan seemed to be taking forever to form the team and progress the story.

I am very excited to see what Jeff Lemire can do with this series. (Provided that he doesn't drop Animal Man and/or Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE.)

EDIT: Nightmare confirmed. He is leaving Frankenstein. Matt Kindt is taking over.

Posted by BatClaw89

who cares who is writing it? the concept is solid

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

What is the need for this?

Posted by G-Man

@aztek_the_lost: DC has announced that Milligan will be taking over STORMWATCH. I updated the original post with a quote from him.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87: A team designed to tackle supernatural threats.

I thought that Milligan did a good job in the first issue showning the need for the team when the Enchantress took out three of the Justice Leagues big guns (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg) very quickly.

Batman found himself ill suited to handle the I, Vampire threat so he called in the JLD.

I know what Justice League Dark is >_>
Posted by pspin

So is Deadman DC's wolverine? It seems like he is everywhere but he seems a lot less interesting.

Posted by The Impersonator

Nice!

Posted by badaboop

Cool, I love me some Jeff Lemire. One of the writers that's intrigued me over the past year after reading his early stuff and Animal Man.

Posted by BlackArmor

Crosses fingers for Resurrection Man to join

Posted by BlackArmor

@pspin: Wrong on two accounts, Deadmans only in 2 places and he's leaving 1 of them this month, also Deadman is way more intriguing than Wolverine.....actually your wrong on 3 accounts Batman is DC's Wolverine he has like 4 books and is in 2 teams

Posted by Outside_85

In one way its disappointing news because Milligan is rocking this book, Stormwatch however is circling the drain and I honestly couldn't care less about it and Red Lanterns isn't that good. Also it will loose the weirdness he naturally brought with him during his story telling and which is spot on in JLD, and pretty much only in JLD.

On the plus side Lemire is one of the best writers in DC atm...probably only beaten by Morrison in consistency and I trust it will be of the same caliber we will get.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

-fist pumps-

Posted by JonesDeini

@G-Man said:

@aztek_the_lost: DC has announced that Milligan will be taking over STORMWATCH. I updated the original post with a quote from him.

Holy...man I've never been so saddened/overjoyed all at once!!! I mean I LOVE Milligan!!! And read JLD because of the concept/his involvement, but Lemire coming on board has made my day. Cornell's SW did jack all for me and I had to drop that book, but Milligan coming on board?! All I need to hear is that another, worthy artist's coming on that book with him and I'm 90% sold on jumping back on that book.

Posted by kennybaese

I think the changed in writers is DC making hard (maybe rash, in some cases) decisions in an attempt to make or keep books successful. It seems like Animal Man has been doing well, but JLD has maybe not been doing as great, so putting Animal Man's writer on the book might be a way to boost sales. It certainly has made me interested in the book, more than I was before, anyway.

Posted by Duo_forbidden

Not really sure how I feel about this. JLD wasn't bad under Peter Milligan, the first story was just slow to pick up on. I haven't read much of Jeff Lemire's work, but I heard great things about Sweet Tooth and Animal Man.

Posted by aztek_the_lost

@G-Man said:

@aztek_the_lost: DC has announced that Milligan will be taking over STORMWATCH. I updated the original post with a quote from him.

Ah, well I guess as long as he's given Hellblazer I'll be happy, although the quote does indicate he did not leave the book by choice. I wonder if this mean Shade leaves with him?

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Posted by JonesDeini

@aztek_the_lost said:

@G-Man said:

@aztek_the_lost: DC has announced that Milligan will be taking over STORMWATCH. I updated the original post with a quote from him.

Ah, well I guess as long as he's given Hellblazer I'll be happy, although the quote does indicate he did not leave the book by choice. I wonder if this mean Shade leaves with him?

Lemire said that two characters from Milligan's arc will be leaving. I'd bet good money that it'll be Shade/Mind Warp since they are Milligan's pet characters. Shade I'll miss, but Mind Warp? Honestly never got a feel for dude in the first arc, maybe I'll grow to be invested in the character by the time issue 8 rolls around.

Posted by dadarkknight36310

The only bat book we do not need is the David finch book. Other than that he has always been in Detective, Batman, Justice League, and JLA International. They needed Batman and Robin so they could have story that focus on him and robin, since their are some people out their that still the care about robin for unknown reason.

Posted by Rise2Ragnarok

I think Jeff Lemire taking over is a pretty cool thing. I look forward to reading his take on the characters, not that I didn't enjoy Peter Milligan or anything.

Posted by kingjoeg

Still don't care even though Jeff Lemire is awesome. Surley Jeff has earned better than Justice League dark.

Posted by ReVamp

@spiderbat87 said:

@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87: A team designed to tackle supernatural threats.

I thought that Milligan did a good job in the first issue showning the need for the team when the Enchantress took out three of the Justice Leagues big guns (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg) very quickly.

Batman found himself ill suited to handle the I, Vampire threat so he called in the JLD.

I know what Justice League Dark is >_>

LOL

ALSO: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. STORMWATCH IS GETTING A NEW WRITER.

Posted by JonesDeini

I was worried about his work load with adding JLD on top of Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, Frankenstein, and his upcoming creator owned series. Turns out he'll be leaving Frankenstein and Kindt (Revolver, My Greatest Adventure) will be taking over.

Posted by aztek_the_lost

@JonesDeini said:

I was worried about his work load with adding JLD on top of Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, Frankenstein, and his upcoming creator owned series. Turns out he'll be leaving Frankenstein and Kindt (Revolver, My Greatest Adventure) will be taking over.

See this is what I'm talking about, DC is playing a game of musical chairs in the hopes that people will buy ALL their books instead of just the ones they can afford. They're trying to demand I pick up books I had dropped but it's having the reverse effect on me and making me want to drop the books I'm picking up.

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Posted by wesleyh

the series is already great as it is, but from jeff lemire, sounds like it will be fun. and for milligan to take over writing fo stormwatch. nothing bad in this exchange.

Posted by CrimsonTempest

Kinda bummed out to hear Milligan will leave JLD, as I enjoy his work on the title, but I'm elated to find out that Jeff Lemire will work on the book as well. Talk about a win-win.

Posted by Saren

Milligan's writing on JLD has been so-so, but anything's better than the stuff Cornell's being doing on Stormwatch.

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Posted by Kairan1979

I enjoyed first arc of Justice League Dark, I only had minor complaints about Zatanna.

Posted by sweetesttoaster

I dropped this book after the first three issues. Wasn't really into it. But now that Jeff Lemire is taking over, I might give it another try. I still wish that they would have changed the artist along with Jeff Lemire being the new writer. I don't really like Mikal Janin's style all that much. It was okay, but wish there was another artist.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

i'm looking forward to jeff's take of JLD and happy there keeping the same artist.

Posted by Loki9876

yeay

Posted by Sekele

NICE!

It's a win/win situation for everyone involved

Posted by Comiclove5

@CitizenBane said:

Milligan's writing on JLD has been so-so, but anything's better than the stuff Cornell's being doing on Stormwatch.

So true it's not even funny

Posted by Billy Batson

Interesting. Lemire will be writing many books and Milligan will bring some life to Stormwatch.
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Posted by Skaddix

Well I hope justice league dark gets some non white characters azrael would be nice still looks good Cornell has sucked so far so stormwatch can only go up with any luck we get more wildsto characters and dark just has to get half as good as animal man to be good

Posted by doordoor123

@Billy Batson said:

Interesting. Lemire will be writing many books and Milligan will bring some life to Stormwatch.
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Nope. Lemire is off of Frankenstein Agent of SHADE. Kindt is replacing him. Which should be interesting. It's nice to see some new blood getting books.

Posted by Billy Batson

@doordoor123 said:

@Billy Batson said:

Interesting. Lemire will be writing many books and Milligan will bring some life to Stormwatch.
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Nope. Lemire is off of Frankenstein Agent of SHADE. Kindt is replacing him. Which should be interesting. It's nice to see some new blood getting books.

He still will be writing two other on-goings (just like Milligan) and he will probably start writing another creator owned series. So yeah, he's still busy.
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