Today at FanExpo 2011 in Toronto, Canada, DC Comics announced during the DC: The New 52 panel that there will be a new Justice Society of America title, written by James Robinson with art by Nicola Scott. This confirms the recent rumors that have been swirling over the past month that this book was forthcoming. But it’s not what we expected.
Robinson and Scott wil be telling the tales of the JSA in the new DC Universe, but on Earth-2. That’s right. The DC Multiverse exists and much like the days of DC Comics yesteryear, the Justice Society of America will be the inhabitants of an alternate Earth. What this means for future multiverse stories, we don’t know, but it looks like they just built a bridge to tell those type of stories.
As far as the creative team goes, congratulations to DC Comics for getting this one right. Robinson and Scott are a perfect match for this title, as Robinson has a long history with these characters and a reverence that will bring out the best stories possible while Scott is clearly one of the most talented artists at DC Comics. These two creators were curiously absent from DC’s New 52, so it’s great to see them getting their due on a great book.
We’re still waiting to hear who will be on the team and other details – we’ll post the info as we get it from Toronto!
UPDATE – iFanboy staffer Ali Colluccio was at the panel and checked in with some additional information:
James Robinson said that by having the Justice Society of America on Earth-2, this gives him the opportunity to use some great characters that were previously dead or unavailable. DC comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio added that they wanted to do the characters right and find a great creative team, which is why this title wasn’t announced as part of the DC Relaunch.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of our recent video episode, where we discussed the history and importance of the Justice Society of America. Good timing,eh?