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FanExpo Canada | Justice Society to return, Jill Thompson on Shade #8

Shade by Jill Thompson

Although usually not active on the weekend, DC’s The Source blog had two tidbits today coming out of Fan Expo Canada.

The first has to do with the return of the Justice Society. According to DC’s The Source blog:

There’s been plenty of speculation about the Justice Society in The New 52 – and we can now confirm that they will, in fact, be back! As with everything else with DC Comics – The New 52, however, there’s a significant twist. What is it? We’re not saying. Just. Quite. Yet.

“It’s everything you want, but not what you expect,” promises Eddie Berganza, DC Comics Executive Editor.

As Brian Cronin pointed out, word from the convention is that James Robinson and Nicola Scott are working on the series which will be set during an as-yet unspecified time period – on Earth-2.

Speaking of Robinson, the Source also announced Jill Thompson as the artist on Shade #8. The standalone issue — set in Paris in the early 1900s — is something Robinson wrote specifically for Thompson, reminiscent of the standalone stories Robinson would write when he was doing Starman. Shade #8 comes out next May.

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Great news all around!

The “twist” that JSA will be based on Earth-2 is missing here.

I’d be excited but Robinson said it’s s different earth. Just my anal self. Maybe power girl will travel from there to the new 52

There’s a Shade series?

Okay, I’m all for the JSA being back–but on a parallel Earth again???? Come on, they were fine as the first team of superheroes in the DCU (and yes I’m aware that they used to be on a parallel Earth before Crisis on Infinite Earths). I hope there’s a mainstream universe version as well. My guess is that for this new series, they’ll be using the new version of Earth-2 (formerly Earth-Two) introduced during the “Thy Kingdom Come” story arc from the previous JSA series (you know, the one where Alan Scott’s dead, Rebecca Tyler is Hourgirl, and the JSA/Infinity Inc. merged to become Justice Society Infinity).

This is good news. The heroes of the ‘greatest generation’ relate to a shrinking older audience, anyway. Today’s kids (audience) need their ‘Silver Age’ revamp. Keeping JSA on Earth-2 finally restores them from all the unnecessary distractions and finally brings back some of the Pre-Crisis stories into something that makes more sense.

*sigh* Man, I really wanted another JSA book, but why does Robinson have to write it?

He writes… the most unnatural. Unreadable. Dialogue. People…don’t talk like robots. We…say more. More than 5 words. At… a time.[/Robinson]

i’d love it if dc combine this with their first wave stuff. i’d love to see interactions between alan ‘green lantern’ scott, jay ‘flash’ garrick, ted ‘starman’ knight, ted ‘wildcat’ grant, kent ‘dr fate’ nelson, wesley ‘sandman’ dodds et al with characters like doc samson and the spirit in a pulp-noir world. it might even be a good fit for the marvel family. i’ve always loved james robinson’s flashback issues of starman and would love to see this all done in that style.

I wasn’t going to miss them, but it’s cool that they will have a series.

Comicman…. I trust robin son because he wrote the The Golden Age AND relaunched the JSA – as well as did great golden age characters in Starman.

@Ollywood: I don’t think the JSA will be interacting with a gamma ray irradiated psychologist anytime soon.

This is really cool, if it also brings Alan Scott and Jay back to a younger form of themselves, trim the roster down to a more manageable size, I’d finally get into it. Like reading golden age pulp, with a modern twist. Throw in some Nazi’s and the real Frank Rock, on this Earth-2, I’m all for it.

DC went through the 80’s thinking they had to kill everyone, to add realism, and Crisis on Infinite Earths not only killed Supergirl and Barry Allen, but the multiple universe has ultimately created a disaster at DC on Earth Prime.

The Earth cross-overs was too cool.

With the Multiverse in Grant’s hands, (and you think the 52 will be shaking things up?) – DC has given Morrison the go to pull a DC Stan Lee movement, and Grant has agreed?? – we all knew the multipe Earth’s were coming – So why so surprised?

@ jgjones: I didn’t say anything negative about his stories. I just can’t read them because every piece of dialogue is so unnatural. It gives me a headache.

Finally!! A hopeful return of the real JSA and Earth 2. Maybe, just maybe, a return of the true Huntress.

James Robinson is the ONLY writer I want writing a JSA book.Starman was a classic and I still wish it was being written.He is writing the Shade book which I will start buiong comics again for.The non-star artist’s are also perfect for his books.Who heard of Tony Harris before he drew Starman?Great News!!!Earth-2 lives again!!!!

James Robinson from 15 years ago, maybe. But after what I saw on his JLA run, I’m not interested. Apologies to any of his fans. But his JSA run was good, so maybe lightning will strike twice. Also this Earth-2 business, what’s up with that? I’ll wait till I see where they go with this before I judge, I guess.

The highlights of the JLA run were the JSA cross-over and the finale… and the growing duo of Startman and Congorilla…. the lowlights almost everything else.. the mismatch in art of Bagley ; the choice of line up but given free reign wiuthout the rest of the DCU to worry about IE “Earth -2 is your playground” i suspect this will be quite the world building by Robinson and Scott… much in the same manner he did with Starman

Hey didn’t DC say, somewhere, they were going to only focus on universe until Grant (hack) Morrison did the mini series on the alternate universes? I do love the JSA, but am betting that the real DCU is still earth 1 and it will be reintroduced when the new 52 becomes a failure in about 13-18 months. And also how long do you think it will be when issues ship late or have multiple issues of sub-par artists to keep to the online scheduale.

Really pleased that they are bringing back JSA. Scott is an amazing talent and, for everyones sake, lets hope that Robinson brings his A game this time around, cause its been missing for a quite a while. But I will definately pick up the first issue to see.

Heres hoping Obsidian is on the team! Or better yet? an Infinity Inc team with Obsidian, Nuklon, Power Girl, Robin (adult Dick) and Huntress! (and others)…. the team would have so many great characters!! But with some A grade talent too! How about Jeff Parker writing it!?! He is one of my favorite writers and he knows how to write team books (Agents of Atlas and Thunderbolts). :)

I love me some JSA. Of course I am in the 50 and up crowd. I hope they have a Hawkman that doesn’t look like a nineties image hero on the team.

“Earth-2 in an unspecified time period” opens up some exciting possibilities for the JSA. I think the implausibility of the original JSAers ages and the rapidly-ballooning cast of characters was beginning to hurt the book.

I know it isn’t the “original” Earth-2, but as long as the team has Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Wildcat, Dr. Fate, and possibly Dr. Mid-Nite, Hour Man, Starman or Atom, I’ll be cool with this.

Love to see Power Girl, Huntress, adult Robin, and even an older Superman or Batman as well. Jade, Obsidian, and Atom-Smasher/Nuklon would be nice as well. Hope they drop most of the characters introduced in the last few years.

I had a cool Justice Society idea that would fit nicely within the parameters of the DCnU. I wish I could talk to a DC writer and pitch it…

“Shade #8″

That’s just… I have to laugh because, while it feels like I have to be missing something here, the idea of just randomly publishing an “eighth” issue of The Shade would actually be perfectly in line with what comics numbering has become. I mean, it’s just about to the point where DC or Marvel could have someone drawing numbers out of a hat, and just arbitrarily assign whatever number comes up to each item they publish.

In which context, Shade #8? Sure, why not. I’ll be happy to buy it, in any event.

I guess this could be great, but it depends on which James Robinson shows up, the faint echo of the writer he was that gave us Cry for Justice, or the steadily improving talent whose work in Superman and JLA harkened back to his glory days.

Is it too much to hope for a book that has a lot of Days Past stories?

@Wraith, what the post fails to mention is that it’s #8 in a 12 issue series.

JSA in Earth 2 eh? I love the JSA but am not sure abt what to think of Earth 2. However, in my understansing, I think the multiplicity of earths is actually not literal. Earth 1 is actually Earth 2 or vice versa. The cause of distinction that seperates the two worlds stem from their different primordial history. In Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis and Superman Beyond, there is a One God in the DCU symbolical to ours. I reckon that all of the possible earth realities are now to be referred to as ‘The Multiplicity’. The multiplicity is simply a manifestation of the infinite possible primal histories that Creation could have reflecting that is in turn DCU God’s infinite nature.

Multiple universes could be great if handled properly. Pick Earth whatever number you want and let creators tell any stories they want with any characters they want. Throw continuity out the window and let creative freedom give us some great stories.

Its DcNu Earth 2 JSA, not classic Earth 2 JSA. More retcons/reinvention. *Ducks from flying pies from the general public*

Oh happy day, happy day. :)

I was hoping for a JSA book set on Earth 2 (which would harken back to my All-Star Comics days), but drawn by Nicola Scott as well? Un-freakin-believable news!

And I guess I can put up with James Robinson as writer. It could be worse.

@zoobatz

Ya,i’m the same way abt JSA being in earth 2. Any earth would be just as enriching as long its the JSA.

Glad to see the JSA returning.

Even happier that they are back on their own Earth!!!!

I want this JSA on Earth-2. I also want the old DCU Mr. Terrific to be in this JSA. AKA An Earth-2 version of DCnU’s currenet Mr. Terrific (Who is jacketless) No fair play, GASP!!! Make an Earth-2 Mr. Terrific with the jacket & the fair play. Thank you very much.

Also for the love of pete parker please get Alan & Jay & some of the others who look like their straight outta the 40’s some updated outfits. I’m not sayin go all DCnU make over on them. What’s the point of Earth-2 if they gotta go all DCnU make over. I’d think that be the point of Earth-2, to remain in some classic form. But still DC…give them at least a minor make over.

So anyways here is my JSA dream roster.

1. Mr. Terrific (Earth-2 version with old DCU jacket/fair play look)

2. Jay (Possibly without the helmet)
3. Alan (Without his red & green outfit, & his green lantern armor he uses made into his new outfit)
4. Obsidian (With pretty much the same look)
5. Lightning (With pretty much the same look)
6. Dr. Fate (Same look)
7. Hour Man (Minor update to current look)
8. Power Girl (Earth-2 version with old DCU look, only make the costume smaller) (Yep I’m serious, more revealing)
9. Wildcat (Same Look)
10. Midnight (With minir update to current look)
11. Liberty Bell (With very minor update to current look)
12. Jesse Quick (With minor update to current look) (Keep the booty shorts)

JSA

@Mr. Terrific I’m not defending the design at all, as I think it looks pretty stupid, but the DCnU Mr. Terrific has the words “Fair Play” tattooed on his arms.

“Okay, I’m all for the JSA being back–but on a parallel Earth again???? Come on, they were fine as the first team of superheroes in the DCU (and yes I’m aware that they used to be on a parallel Earth before Crisis on Infinite Earths). ”

I could not disagree with you more. CoIE ruined the JSA. Yes there have been some good stories during this period, but generally the team was weighed down trying to fit in a world that had twenty different teams in it, not to mention all the duplicate characters and the retrofitting of origins. Now we can have a Huntress that is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. A Hawkman that isn’t an alien.

I was excited about this announcement for about 5 seconds until I saw the words James Robinson. As much as I love Golden Age and Starman, those were from a different writer than what he is now, he of the awful film adaptation of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the atrocious Cry for Justice and runs on Superman and Justice League. Retire Mr. Robinson, before you write something we regret that can’t be wiped away by Flashpoint.

I wonder if they are getting rid of the WWII connection? I always thought the simple solution to the JSA keeping their WWII roots while still being young was time travel. Right after they lecture the HUAC and “retire” at a young age, they would all fight Per Degaton, something would go wrong, and they’d all be catapulted to the future. Simple, easy to understand, and no convoluted mess involving bridges to nowhere, 9 lives, or whatever other hackneyed plot device was created to keep them young. Sure it’s a lot like Captain America but no one is confused about how Cap is still with us and young, but it sounds more plausible than being frozen in ice for an ever lengthening period of time (it’s been almost 70 years now that he’d have been frozen – eventually a body needs some oxygen). If they’re on Earth 2, then you can still have them be from the WWII era and then jump to the present without violating the “No super-heroes before Superman” rule since they’re form a different dimension.

It would be great if the new “Earth 2″ turned out to be The DC universe as it was before the revamp, with some minor cosmetic changes of course. (I know Huntress is once again supposed to be Batman/Catwoman’s Daughter)

On that note, while I appreciate DC’s attempt to change things up..there is a reason Crisis on Infinite Earths was brought about in the first place……The whole golden Silver Age stories werent working out and led to the first Crisis……
I mean come on, this “new” DC universe isn’t that new at all….just a return to pre-Crisis universe..(superman’s parents dead, lois head of news tv station). What, Stuff dont work the first time so they go ahead and do it again?

On that note, while I appreciate DC’s attempt to change things up..there is a reason Crisis on Infinite Earths was brought about in the first place……The whole golden Silver Age stories werent working out and led to the first Crisis……
I mean come on, this “new” DC universe isn’t that new at all….just a return to pre-Crisis universe..(superman’s parents dead, lois head of news tv station). What, Stuff dont work the first time so they go ahead and do it again?

It would be great if the new “Earth 2″ turned out to be The DC universe as it was before the revamp, with some minor cosmetic changes of course. (I know Huntress is once again supposed to be Batman/Catwoman’s Daughter)

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