Following the current Metal event that has introduced readers to the Dark Multiverse, we will be seeing not just a new team roster for the Justice League, but four new teams in the recently announced Justice League: No Justice 4-part weekly event. No Justice will introduce the new teams of heroes and villains that have assembled to take on an extinction-level event at the urging of Brainiac, as reported by IGN:
The plot of ‘No Justice’ sees Brainiac warn the Justice League about a cosmic-level threat on the way to destroy Earth. When the heroes find out that even the combined might of the Justice League (including some unlikely new recruits) isn’t enough to stop it, Brainiac advises them with a plan. His strategy involves the heroes allying with villains and splitting up into four specialized teams. The fate of a different alien world depends on the success of each team, but if they fail, it’s game over not just for Earth but the entire DC Universe.
The new series, which launches on May 9, will be co-written by Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, and illustrated by Francis Manapul. The current runs of Justice League and Justice League of America will end to make room for a new flagship series that will also be written by Snyder to follow No Justice.
“We thought we knew the entire map of the DC cosmos,” Snyder said. “We thought we had explored all there was to explore. But now we know that all this time the Multiverse was nothing but a fishbowl, and now we’ve been dumped into the ocean, unleashing terrifying new threats, and wondrous new possibilities. Metal opened up channels of storytelling that Francis, James, Joshua and I are excited to explore in a big way. When we’re finished, fans will never look at the Justice League in the same way again.”
The new teams include both villains and heroes of the DC Universe, as well as long-time League’rs who have fallen out of the spotlight in recent years. You can check out the four teams, their rosters, and the released artwork below:
Team Mystery will feature Martian Manhunter in his return to the League after his departure during the New 52, along with Superman, Starfire, and villains Sinestro and Starro. This is obviously the alien team, but the inclusion of Starro doesn’t bode well for this overpowered team.
While Mystery featured the alien members of the League, Entropy seems to focus on well… there is a bit less of a theme with this unit. Batman and Beast Boy are joined by Lobo, Lex Luthor, and Deathstroke, so there will be a number of interesting personalities at work on this squad, which is potentially the stealth/infiltration team considering some of the power sets.
Wonder Woman leads a team of magic users that includes Raven, Doctor Fate, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. What’s really interesting about this team is the apparent absence of any villainous magic users, so it will be interesting to see how this heroic-leaning team interacts with the other squads.
Team Wisdom seems to be anything but, with a few “new” heroes as part of the team, instead of the more experienced members of the other teams. Team Wisdom is led by Flash and will be joined by Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Atom, and Robin.
This is definitely a bold new direction for the Justice League, but we would expect no less from Snyder, who has been revitalizing the DC Universe since he took over Batman for the New 52. It also provides a high point for artist Francis Manapul, who is listed as the series artist, though no artists for the following series have yet to be revealed.
“I’m laying out the biggest action of my life,” Manapul revealed. “The Justice League realizes that they need to expand their reach to become something bigger than they have ever been before. If you thought my work for Justice League: Darkseid War was huge, I’m taking the League to the edge of the cosmos with ‘No Justice.’ Anyone who has asked for Harley Quinn, Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Zatanna, The Atom, Raven, or Doctor Fate to be in their personal Justice League will stand up and cheer.”
The shakeup to the League’s status quo kicks off in May!
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