Report: DC Bringing Back Justice Society Of America


With DC planning another reboot or rebirth of it superhero comic line, rumors and snippets of information are bound to pick up over the next few months. No one is better positioned to read the tea leaves than the well-connected Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool, and he’s got a doozy of a report today about the return of DC’s original superhero team.

Not the Justice League, mind you, but the Justice Society of America. The 1940s superteam simply couldn’t exist in New 52 continuity, where superheroes weren’t around during World War II and there’s no legacy aspect to characters like the Flash or Green Lantern. That could be changing soon, though, as Johnston’s sources say a new Justice Society of America series is on the way when the DC Rebirth initiative cranks up later this year.

The most intriguing part is that there will supposedly be an in-story reason for why these heroes were around and we never heard about them before.

"But now, not only will this active team of superheroes be revealed, along with an explanation as to why no one remembers them, but they will be brought forward, young, to the present days, fishes out of later, fighting alongside the Justice League of America."

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Numerous hoops were jumped through over the decades to explain why the members of the JSA were still spry enough to fight crime into the present day. The excellent volumes of JSA and Justice Society of America written between 1999 and 2011, mostly by James Robinson, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns, supplemented the surviving originals with younger men and women who adopted the legacies of previous costumed heroes.

But the idea of the Justice Society and Justice League as chronological contemporaries is something that’s never really been tried, and would be extremely enticing to longtime DC fans like yours truly. This is one Johnston scoop I’m really hoping will pan out, and I’m fairly certain I’m not alone.

In other words, give me an Alan Scott and Jay Garrick and a top notch creative team and you can take my money now, DC.