The Justice League is living on borrowed time, and their time is up this April. Via EW, DC Comics has announced that Justice League #75 will be the final issue of the current series. And the book is closing out its run with the death of the Justice League. The current team features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Zatanna. But only one of them will survive the team’s final battle.
Writer Joshua Williamson and artist Rafa Sandoval will be the creative team for this story, which follows up on threads that Williamson introduced in Infinite Frontier and Justice League Incarnate. It’s also not a coincidence that this event marks the 30th anniversary of “The Death of Superman.” However, the main villains this time are the Dark Army of villains from across the multiverse.
“It’s an interesting opportunity to do this on the 30th anniversary of ‘The Death of Superman,’ which happened in Superman #75,” said Williamson. “We get to take Justice League #75 and do ‘Death of the Justice League.’ We want people to understand, this is serious and this is gonna have a major impact in the DCU moving forward.”
“I think one reason that story was so powerful was that after the ‘Funeral for a Friend’ story, there were no Superman comics for three months,” added Williamson. “That’s part of what led us to make the decision that this is the last issue of Justice League. But then three months later, there’s still not gonna be a Justice League comic. It’s gonna be a while, and that’s gonna be a major part of what the DCU looks like after this story: There is no Justice League.”
“Ever since Infinite Frontier #0, we’ve been building to this story,” continued Williamson. “Last year was a lot of fun and games, but when this story starts, it’s the beginning of the third act. We’re going to see things get darkest before the dawn. The Justice League gets called in to fight this Dark Army that’s been building on the edge of the multiverse. They go up against this Dark Army and they lose.”
According to Williamson, this will allow DC to explore what happens after Earth’s greatest heroes are gone.
“We’ll get to see what the ramifications are of losing the Justice League,” said Williamson. “You’ll get to see how the new heroes react, how some of the heroes that have been around for a while react, you’ll see how people on the ground react to this idea of the Justice League dying, and then you’ll get to see how all the villains react. What happens when they know the Justice League is gone?”
Will this be the end of the Justice League forever? Of course not. Superhero deaths are almost never permanent. But it sounds like it could be a fun story while it lasts.
Justice League #75 hits comic stores on Tuesday, April 19.
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