returning the Justice League of America to the top of the sales charts, having
them fight Martians, rogue Angels, travel time and space, kill a future version
of the company's number one villain, Darkseid, and face down a world-conquering
starfish twice, one might think writer Grant Morrison had run out of ideas.
At the JLA panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Morrison and series
editor Dan Raspler gave out some hints of what to look for over the next 18
Former Justice Leaguers the Atom, Captain Marvel, and Animal Man, whom Grant
Morrison put back on the map with an acclaimed DC/Vertigo series earlier in
the 1990s, will all be stopping by. Captain Marvel, who hasn't been part of
the Justice League in almost a decade, will appear in the books in four months.
The story involves the League battling evil fifth-dimensional imps, and ties
directly into an issue of "The Flash" from last year featuring the original
Flash, Jay Garrick, Johnny Thunder and a pink pen.
That story will be followed by a team-up with surviving members of the Justice
Society of America, the Justice League's 1940s forerunners.
And the strain of the upcoming Superman story line where he'll be staying
in his Superman identity nearly non-stop to avert as many tragedies he can will
lead to him assaulting Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. And that won't be the end
of Leaguers laying hands on each other: Aquaman will eventually snap at reluctant
Leaguer Orion's sneering at the superheroic ideal, and attack him as well.
Escape artist-superhero and former Justice Leaguer Mister Miracle (the husband
of current Leaguer Big Barda) will also be stopping by:
"What he does," explained Morrison, "He just walks through. The best security
system in the world, and he just walks through."
Grant Morrison's archvillain Prometheus, who was supposed to be capable of
taking down the entire League single-handedly, but who was defeated by Catwoman,
will be back, as part of a new Injustice Gang.
This new gang will include JLA arch-enemies, but won't use the "opposite number"
approach used last time, during the "Rock of Ages" storyline. Among the members
will be Lex Luthor and Ra's Al Ghul.
"Don't tell Denny" O'Neill, the Batman editor, Raspler joked.
"It'll be much harder," Morrison said, "The Justice League's worst enemies."
Morrison acknowledged that many fans were outraged that a villain who took
out Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the League could be stopped
by Catwoman's whip to a rather sensitive spot. Prometheus wasn't expecting to
deal with a supervillain, he explained, and that it was essentially his first
time at bat as a supervillain. He won't be making the same mistake twice, however:
Prometheus will have the abilities of the world's supervillains in his helmet
database, as well.
Fans of another classic Justice League of America foe, the Crime Syndicate,
an otherworldly version of the Justice League made up of villainous counterparts,
will be back in a 96 page hard cover graphic novel next year, with art by Frank
Quietly. After the concept of parallel Earths was done away with in the 1980s,
the Crime Syndicate were made aliens from the other-dimensional Qward. While
Morrison isn't ignoring what was done with them, look for them to be based on
a planet directly opposite Earth behind the sun, a planet that will be moving
closer to Earth and precipitating the crisis to come.
And the rumors that Grant Morrison will be leaving at the end of 1999 seem
to be somewhat exaggerated. Not only did he not have any formal end date in
mind, but "we just bought you guys six more months with a conversation we had
last night," fellow panel member Mark Waid said.