We're three months into DC's 'The New 52' and we're still discovering changes and updates to our favorite characters. Part of the joy (and sometimes frustration) is not knowing and discovering what is the same and what has changed with everyone. The other titles are moving the stories and characters forward but it's JUSTICE LEAGUE that is really laying down the groundwork for the characters.
Because the series (or at least this first story arc) is rooted five years ago, we're finding out a lot about the DC Universe. We get to see how the major heroes met for the first time. We get to see the beginning of relationships and, in some ways, the birth of the DCU as we know it (or are getting to know in the 'New 52' books).
Now that the stage is nearly set. The entire team is almost completely assembled. There is still new information being presented. Here is the latest batch of revelations from JUSTICE LEAGUE #3. There will be some spoilers from the issue so be sure to read it to enjoy all the action-packed glory for yourself.== TEASER ==
The revelations were as earth-shattering as before but here are the facts for the characters' updated histories.
Steve Trevor is Wonder Woman's Handler
Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor have always shared a history. What we discover is he is her appointed liaison for the Pentagon. It's his task to try to control her and keep tabs on her. It's not clear why she is working with the Pentagon and what the relationship between the United States and Paradise Island is. With Wonder Woman constantly running off, Trevor's job isn't an easy one.
Wonder Woman is New to the World
All she wants to do is fight. It's her aggressive Amazonian ways that have caused over one hundred million dollars in property damage. This is quite a change from the calmer Wonder Woman we saw living in London in WONDER WOMAN #1.
We get the impression she hasn't been outside Paradise Island for too long. When out looking for a fight, she tries asking civilians if they've seen the creature she heard reports of and wants to fight. Not getting any responses, she asks if she's speaking the language correctly.
We also discover that Wonder Woman has never had ice cream before.
More Cameos from Future Villains
Not all villains start off as bad guys. We get a glimpse of some characters that eventually cause some major problems for the heroes.
Mr. Orr is seen at the Pentagon with Steve Trevor. Orr is a mysterious and deadly guy that was in charge of a government black-ops organization. He was also involved with Project M, which used technology to create cybernetically enhanced super-soldiers. It's not clear what his role at the Pentagon is or what interaction he has with Wonder Woman but he's definitely someone they should keep an eye on.
While Silas Stone tries to attend to his wounded son, we see some of the other scientists he worked with at STAR Labs. T.O. Morrow and Professor Ivo are both present. Morrow is responsible for creating Red Tornado and a bunch of evil androids. Ivo is responsible for Amazo and other deadly androids. gets carried away by the Parademons. We'll have to wait and see if the explosion of the mother box has any part in them becoming evil/mad scientists.
Superman is Willing to Kill
The last thing Superman ever wanted to do was kill. He could never take the life of anyone, including his enemies. The Superman we've been seeing has seemed a little more detached compared to his previous version but you would think killing would still not be an option.
When the heroes are fighting a horde of Parademons, Superman cuts loose on them. Body parts are flying and the creatures are getting killed. Superman doesn't seem to mind at all. They might not be human but they are still living beings. Perhaps we will discover that these Parademons are mechanical creatures? When Batman and Green Lantern first met in issue #1, one changed into a different form. That could mean they are mechanical but the reason Hal was there was because his ring alerted him to unauthorized extraterrestrial presence in Gotham City.
Cyborg Has a Stronger Connection to Darkseid
We saw in the first issue the explosion of a Mother Box is what caused Victor Stone's body to become damaged. It'll be up to his father and the technology recovered from across the globe. Victor is injected with nanites that were recovered from a mysterious source (Professor Morrow was interrupted before he could name the source) and he is given a Promethium skin graft. That along with the energy from the Mother Box is going to give us a Cyborg we haven't seen before. When the nanites are activated, Victor is changed. Looks like it'll be just in time for Darkseid's appearance next issue.
Until then, we'll have to wait and see what other revelations are uncovered in the next issue.