Justice League 3000

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Justice League 3000
Cover of Justice League 3000 #1 (February 2014). Art by Howard Porter.
Group publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Justice League 3000 #1 (December 2013)
Created by JM DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Howard Porter
Justice League 3000
Series publication information
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing
Publication date December 2013 – March 2015
Creator(s) JM DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Howard Porter

Justice League 3000 is a comic book series published by DC Comics. Taking place in the future of the DC Universe as part of The New 52, the series features a 31st century iteration of the Justice League, with new versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern.[1] The series is written by JM DeMatteis and Keith Giffen and illustrated by Howard Porter. Justice League 3000 began publication in December 2013.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

In the 31st Century, humanity has spread its influence across the stars and in an age where heroes are in dire need, the Justice League (JL) is reformed for peacekeeping across space. Project Cadmus, a genetic engineering corporation, had held the genetic material of the greatest past original Justice League heroes for over a millennium and Wonder Twins (Teri and Terry) used those samples to recreate Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. Using advanced bio-engineering, the duo enabled the creation and survival of duplicates of the five great legends, but with only fragments of their memories, experiences, heroic mentalities and powers; Justice League 3000 is a new team of unrefined and undisciplined heroes. However, in desperation to contain a growing intergalactic threat, Cadmus presses on with their Justice League 3000 experiment with the objective of restoring interstellar order.

Some of these "gaps" in the team members' powers and memories have proven interesting. The friendships that existed and possibly drove the previous JL are either different, strained or nonexistent. For example, Batman and Superman seem to despise each other. The Flash does not have his "antifriction aura," and requires an artificial one to prevent incineration. Green Lantern doesn't have a ring, instead being a living incarnation of the emerald energy, and using a "cloak" that keeps his green aura power in check and prevents it from killing him. Superman has neither heat vision nor flight capabilities, and the team continuously reminds him of these as he forgets often (although he does exhibit flight powers in a few scenes in issue #1 – this might be a mistake on the part of the writers/artists).

Publication history[edit]

The series was first mentioned at a DC Comics Retailer Roadshow,[3] and later announced by Comic Book Resources that the title would reunite Justice League International writers Keith Giffen, JM Dematteis and Kevin Maguire, along with character designs by artist Howard Porter.[4] In August 2013, it was announced that Kevin Maguire was let go from the title; Howard Porter would take over art duties, with the title's premiere being pushed back to December 2013.[2] The series was originally solicited for October 2013.[5]

The writers had offered little on the background of the team or characters, stating that they were new characters, and not descendents of existing characters.[6] According to the writers, there are currently no plans to introduce more members to their Justice League.[7] Despite Justice League 3000 launching the month following the cancellation of Legion of Super-Heroes, as well as taking place within the same time period, writer Keith Giffen has confirmed that Justice League 3000 is not directly "tied together" with Legion of Super Heroes because "it would be unfair to put out a book that insists you're familiar with another book."[6]

The book ended in March 2015 with issue #15, and was relaunched in June as Justice League 3001.

Early reception[edit]

In early September 2013, Complex listed Justice League 3000 as number 21 on its list of "The 25 Most Anticipated Comic Books of Fall 2013", stating that it is "hard to argue with that creative team and the sleek new designs."[8]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Justice League 3000 Vol. 1: Yesterday Lives Justice League 3000 #1–7 October 2014 978-1401250461
Justice League 3000 Vol. 2: The Camelot War Justice League 3000 #8–13 April 2015 978-1401254148
Justice League 3001 Vol. 1: Deja Vu All Over Again Justice League 3000 #14–15, DC Sneak Peek: Justice League 3001 #1, Justice League 3001 #1–6 March 2016 978-1401261481
Justice League 3001 Vol. 2: Things Fall Apart Justice League 3001 #7-12 September 2016 978-1401264727

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katzman, Gregg (2013-06-17). "DC Announces JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b "HOWARD PORTER Named New JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 Artist, Debut Bumped to December". Newsarama. August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Johnston, Rich (June 17, 2013). "Justice League 3000 From Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis And Kevin Maguire". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Giffen, DeMatteis & Maguire Reunite For "Justice League 3000"". Comic Book Resources. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  5. ^ "DC Comics' FULL October 2013 Solicitations". Newsarama. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "GIFFEN, DEMATTEIS Spill On JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000, Answer LEGION Connection". Newsarama.com. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  7. ^ Guerrero, Tony (2013-07-01). "Interview: J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen Talk JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  8. ^ Serafino, Jason (September 3, 2013). "The 25 Most Anticipated Comic Books of Fall 2013". Complex Magazine. Retrieved October 18, 2013.