DC's attempt to wow their patrons, and comic book newbies, in September of 2011 has the industry on the edge of their seats in anticipation for what's to come of the world's most iconic characters. Re-imaginings of pop-cultures greatest icons will hit the ground running with all new number 1 issues featuring new looks and new adventures with a contemporary flavor.
This particular taste may not be to everyone's liking as it appears that the comic community is divided on a multitude of issues from history of stories of tenured characters to the whereabouts of some of fan-domes most beloved heroes. The question that burning at the lips of the loudest detractors is that of the Justice Society of America. The long time companion title of the JLA has been sewn into the hearts of many DC readers over the years, to the point that the JSA (published in the early part of the century) outsold it's counterpart for consecutive months running before being relaunched in 2006, minus the acronym. With this kind of track record supporting the JSA title, in every incarnation, one would think that DC might want to have a powerhouse title of this nature solidifying its relaunch foundation, alongside the JLA and peripheral solo titles. Yet DC has lead everyone to believe that this is not the case.
I met with and employee of the industry giant in an undisclosed location where the image above and the roster within was revealed to me and thusly the world. This employee recounted details of top secret meetings where Didio and Johns would hash it out over the future of the title and their place in DC going forward. In the later part of 2010, Didio was adamant that the title and the characters should be placed in limbo while the JLA built it's prominence, with nothing to overshadow it. But now due to creative and public outcry, the upper tier was forced to reconsider the standing of this title and team.
In a haphazard fashion the creative team of Johnathan Geoffries and Lee James was assembled based on a 3 year old pitch from the unknowns at the behest of Geoff Johns himself, sighting the potential that he saw in the synopses to build great characters and adventures on. The work began and within a day of receiving the assignment the team had the roster and 2 years worth of plot lines to the DC leaders. This source says that when the creative team was asked about their choice of characters for this line-up, they said that their decision was based on internet feedback of the DC announcement and discussions on DC's impetus at their local comic shop, sighting that there were a lot of folks concerned about Power Girl, Captain Marvel and a multitude of other characters that have been nixed or diminished to a point of oblivion, or seemingly so.
The roster has been seen before in the pages of the JSA minus the anomalous additions of Mera and Sister Superior. This image carries a deafening homage to Jim Lee's cover for JLA #1from layout to team roster. It's speculated that the creative team wanted to doppelganger the JLA roster for a proposed event in the summer of 2012. Crazier things have happened but this looks like it would be one hell of a fight, rivaling the great match-ups against the Crime Syndicate.
This source also mentions that, miraculous and surprising, support of Didio and other figureheads have made this venture fluid though no official announcement has been made for the book. So this raises the question of will this book be published or is this just posturing by Didio and others to appease or quiet the outcry of fans and professionals alike? This was the major concern of my source, a comic fan who's intention to filter this to me was to get the public behind the project before it's snuffed out.
Spread the word about this if you're a JSA fan,a DC fan, or just a comic fan. Regardless of your taste for this title or the state of this project, let your voice be heard and perhaps you can help make a difference in the future of DC's new era.