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New ‘Justice League of America’ will include Oklahoma cover

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013

Team will feature Green Arrow, Catwoman; some lesser-known heroes get reintroduction

DC Comics is launching a new “Justice League of America” title this month, and every state in the United States — plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico — will have a chance to celebrate with a specialized cover.

The cover for Oklahoma features the heroes Green Lantern Simon Baz, Green Arrow, Catwoman and Vibe hoisting the state’s flag. Each cover will feature a different flag representing the various states. The main cover will feature the heroes hoisting the American flag.

The creative team for the title is writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch. Johns’ “Justice League” No. 1 in 2011, with artist Jim Lee, was the best-selling comic book of the year. That “Justice League” comic, still ongoing, features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash and Cyborg.

The “Justice League of America,” meanwhile, features some lesser-known heroes.

“They’re underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose,” Johns said in a news release.

In addition to the aforementioned heroes, “Justice League of America” will also star Katana, Martian Manhunter, Stargirl, and Hawkman. The comic is set for Feb. 20 release.

The comic will tie into DC Comics’ upcoming “Trinity War” event.

Green Arrow is likely the best-known hero in the series, both in the fictional DC Comic and in the larger world. The show “Arrow,” on the CW, follows the adventures of the young Oliver Queen. Green Arrow has his own comic-book series as part of DC Comics’ “New 52,” as does Catwoman. Katana and Vibe are each slated to star in new ongoing series beginning in February.

“Justice League of America’s Vibe” No. 1 also goes on sale Feb. 20 from the creative team of writers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns and artist Pete Woods.

Katana’s solo series is written by Ann Nocenti and drawn by Alex Sanchez. “Justice League of America’s Katana” No. 1, and is set for a Feb. 13 release.

“Justice League of America” artist David Finch will provide the cover for the first issues of “Vibe” and “Katana.”

Dealing with lesser-known and underappreciated characters is something Johns finds appealing, he said in an interview with MTV Geek.

“The characters that I really enjoy writing and I gravitate towards are characters that might at first glance feel less than other superheroes and that’s the whole point of the Justice League of America,” Johns said. “It’s all about finding characters who you have low expectations for and hopefully they surprise you both in story and in the universe. Designing this book to be all about finding the potential in you no matter who you are is what, for me, makes the book a lot of fun to work on.”

- By Matthew Price
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From Friday’s The Oklahoman

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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