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Lemire reveals name, powers of Justice League’s Cree heroine

equinox2CBC News has debuted new details about the young Cree superheroine to be introduced next month in DC Comics’ Justice League United #0, by Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone.

Code-named Equinox, Miiyahbin is a 16-year-old from Moose Factory, Ontario, whose power comes from the Earth and changes with the seasons. As revealed in October, the character is inspired in part by Shannen Koostachin, a teenage activist who lobbied the federal government for a new school in Attawapiskat First Nation, on the James Bay Coast. Koostachin died in a car accident in 2010 at the age of 15.

Lemire Leads “Justice League United” to the Great White North

“Creating a teenage female superhero was interesting to me because, generally, most superheroes are white males,” Lemire told CBC News. “We need diversity and we need different personalities. You need very distinct voices for personalities on the team or else you just start writing the same character in a different costume.”

To conduct research for Equinox, the Toronto-based creator of the Essex County trilogy traveled north to Moosonee and Moose Factory on James Bay, where he received feedback from local residents.

Equinox joins a Justice League roster that also includes Green Arrow, Animal Man, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Supergirl, Stargirl and the now-Canadian Adam Strange.

Lemire, who appears this weekend at Emerald City Comicon, is also featured in a CBC video, below.

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Sounds like a cool character. And interesting that both Equinox and Stargirl are teen superheroines inspired by real life people (Geoff Johns based Courtney on his sister of the same time who was tragically killed in a plane crash).

It’s nice to see Lemurs honor a fallen soul and introduce a new character with really interesting powers. Hopes she’s as cool as her outfit. Can’t wait for JLU.

Really dull costume design, sadly. I’m guessing they wanted to avoid anything too “stereotypical,” but they ended up with something very generic. Some sort of logo or something to break up the white would help. The arm flaps also read as very awkward to me.

The idea that her powers change with the seasons is really interesting to me. Like, I wonder if the current blue costume is reflective of her “winter” powers, whereas she’ll have a different color scheme for spring, summer, or fall. It’s a really fun concept. The only possible downside is it adds a “real-time” element to the DC Universe that could prove difficult if she sticks around for a while. If she cycles through seasonal powers at a decent clip that suggests that time in the DCU is progressing much more quickly than the comics themselves would have us believe. I also wonder how Earth-based powers are going to work out when this squad is apparently going to be space-oriented, at least at first. But anyway, this sounds like a fun team and she sounds like an interesting character. Good on Lemire.

The powers make an interesting concept, but grounds her in too much of a specific timeline. It would work fine at Marvel with their general 1:3 sliding timeline, but DC has no such accidental tradition. Of course maybe Lemire will cheat and her powers will be based on the season on the planet they are on as a space based team.

She looks like she could be a member of The Legion.

If Equinox travels from Canada to Australia, do her powers change accordingly?

Is Supergirl still a Red Lantern here?

Cultural significance aside, from the bland costume to the new age-y name, she looks to be as remarkable as Faith. (anyone remember her?)

Equinox looks awesome. I’m looking forward to JLU’s launch.

So let me get this straight, she’s a First Nations Native with “seasonal” powers, possibly elemental in nature and she’s a teenager.
Congratulations DC, you’ve created Avatar Korra.

This looks cool, but I’m also wondering how a change in location affects her powers. Especially since the JLU will be spending half their time in space; how is that going to work? Should be interesting. The only thing I’m not looking forward to in JLU is the reports that Adam Strange is now a nerdy scientist, and Alanna is the adventurist/hero of the couple. I miss the old ass-kicking Adam Strange. Was so pumped when I first read he was finally making his N52 appearance, and then they f up his character.

This sounds like a winner. Finally a new superhero of colour that’s not a mooslim. Comics needs some diversity but there are so many other cultures out there than just mooslims.

1: I like the idea of having a character whose powers change with the seasons but wonder that the JLU may not be the place to launch another teen girl hero when they already have Stargirl and Supergirl.

2: When I saw the title about her being one of the Cree my first thought was about Marvel’s Kree and how they must mean Avengers instead of Justice League. I am not familiar with the term Cree using this spelling, is it a DC reference or is “Cree” a real world term for something?

Relevant Puerto Rican Superhero

March 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

Equinox is actually not based on Shannen Koostachin
per Lemire:
“Lemire: There’s a couple things I have to clarify. It was somewhat mis-reported early on that I had based the character on a young teenage activist named Shannen Koostachin, from Canada. I think I was almost, in a way, misquoted. They asked if she was an inspiration, and I said, “Of course, she’s an inspiring story.” And that turned into me basing the character on her, which is not the case at all. Shannen Koostachin was a young activist from Northern Ontario who did a lot to raise awareness for the conditions of the schools and First Nations, and unfortunately she was killed in a car accident when she was still a teenager. I wouldn’t presume to base a superhero character on that story without knowing her family, which I don’t. So I just want to clarify that the character is not based on Shannen Koostachin. But of course, her story is an inspiring one.”
http://www.newsarama.com/20634-justice-league-united-interview-with-jeff-lemire.html

That costume reminds me of Zatanna’s late 70’s/early 80’s one. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not…

@BadHobbit, Cree is a Native American Tribe.

Is it me or does Equinox have a costume similar to Snowbird? I wonder if John Byrne did similar research for First Nation Peoples.

Nathan Cheechoo

March 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Cree is a First Nation tribe with many variations but the Cree in particular here are the Moose Cree. The term Cree though is derivative from the French Christians that settled the area, “Criś” pronounced cree so our actual tribe name is not known but many refer to it as illiloo meaning “the people” .

Couldn’t care any less about some pandering ham fisted new racial character when DC has better heroes on the bench collecting dust

While i love the concept, its true that her powers being nature based on seasons is a native american trope that’s overplayed in super hero comics. the glider cloak looks cool, but the costume as a whole looks as if she belongs in the legion of super heroes, and her age suggests to many that she should be on a titans team. the J.L.A., any version, is supposed to be the mentors, older, wiser, & not just learning. i do feel that if its the “new” 52, then yes, they should be introducing brand new characters left and right, instead of riding on bob kanes coat tails all the time. batman was once new, and still works, because he was given a chance. its time to give other new characters that same chance batman, wonder-woman, and superman once had.

Jason M. Bryant

March 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I like her costume. I like the overall design and the cape is especially neat.

She sounds like an interesting character.

At first i thoughther costume was similar to talisman from alpha flight but now it has a legion feel.

Sure it’s great that they try out new minority characters and stuff but Native with nature/animal based powers? Seriously? We’re going with THAT?! AGAIN?! Come on! Biggest cliche imaginable. And her costume design is really bland.
All in all there’s a very, very small chance that she won’t fade into the background in the long run but let’s stay optimistic and hope that writes are able to make this character interesting.

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