Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis' "Justice League of America" lineup just grew by two. According to ComicsAlliance and ComicVine respectively, both the Ray and Ryan Choi's Atom will join the upcoming DC Comics series. Like Vixen, who was announced as part of the lineup earlier today, the Ray and the Atom will receive their very own one-shots before seguing into the main series: "Justice League of America: The Ray" and "Justice League of America: The Atom."
Orlando will join forces with artist Stephen Byrne for "The Ray" one-shot, which follows gay superhero Raymond “Ray” Terrill. This version of the character is based on writer Grant Morrison and Jim Lee’s creation, who appeared in DC’s “Multiversity” event, rather than the iteration that first appeared in 1973’s “Justice League of America” #107. In addition to his new Justice League membership, the character will also headline his own show on CW Seed. The television series, titled “Freedom Fighters: The Ray,” will arrive on CW Seed in 2017 and feature the first gay superhero to lead his own show. "Justice League of America: The Ray" goes on sale January 18.
No artist has yet been announced for Orlando's "The Atom" one-shot, which will hit shelves on January 4. According to the announcement, Ryan Choi is "a prodigious theoretical physics student, hyper-allergic, and crippling social anxiety sufferer." In his one-shot, "his first day at Ivy University will begin an epic journey that will take the all-new Atom into the very heart of the DC Universe."
Both one-shots feature covers by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Marcelo Maiolo.
"Justice League of America" will debut in February 2017 following the "Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad" crossover and the January "JLA: Rebirth" one shots on a twice monthly schedule, written by Steve Orlando with art by Ivan Reis.