For many DC fans, the animated series Justice League Unlimited remains the gold standard when it comes to DC’s premier superhero team. Good news – DC Comics is reviving the DC Animated Universe for a new comic book series called Justice League Infinity.
Justice League Infinity is written by two veterans of the animated series, producer James Tucker and writer J.M. DeMatteis (who also co-wrote the iconic Justice League International comic in the ’80s). The series is drawn by Ethen Beavers (Bedtime for Batman), with covers by Francis Manapul and Scott Hepburn. Get a closer look at the first chapter in the slideshow gallery below:
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Justice League Infinity picks up where the animated series ended in 2004. In the wake of Darkseid’s defeat, Apokolips is swept up in civil war. Unfortunately for Earth, it’s decided that the rightful heir to Darkseid is the one who manages to destroy the Justice League. The series also deals with the larger DC multiverse, as Amazo’s intergalactic wanderings somehow open a door to other realities and other versions of DC’s heroes.
JL Infinity is reverting to the core team lineup featured in the first two seasons of the animated series – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl and Green Lantern John Stewart. However, DC teases the possibility of team-ups with other heroes from the multiverse. Could we see the team cross paths with the Teen Titans from the 2003 animated series or characters from Young Justice, The Batman or Green Lantern: The Animated Series? Anything is possible at this point.
Justice League Infinity is a digital-first series consisting of 14 digital chapters, with a print version collecting two chapters per issue. The digital chapters are priced at $1.99 each and the print issues are $3.99 each. Look for the first digital chapter to debut on Thursday, May 13, with the first print issue following on Tuesday, July 6.
This isn’t the first time DC has revisited the popular DC Animated Universe in comic book form. Batman: The Adventures Continue acts as a sequel to Batman: The Animated Series, introducing DCAU versions of characters like Red Hood and Deathstroke. The upcoming Batman: The Adventures Season II will focus on the Court of Owls.
In other big DC news, we recently learned Superman’s son Jon Kent will become the new Man of Steel this summer.
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