Marvel Comics has revealed the identities of its newest superhero team, Doc Justice and the J-Team. And while Doc Justice's identity remains a secret, we now know the J-Team is the young superhero team formerly known as the Runaways.
"We started mapping out the latest arc of Runaways, issues #25-30, and we thought about one of the things that this series does best is take a classic Super Hero comic idea and subvert it, do a Runaways spin on it," editor Nick Lowe told Marvel.com. "From classic moments in the original Brian K. Vaughan-Adrian Alphona run to stuff in the more recent issues, so much of this series is about subverting those Super Hero expectations and ideas."
The story begins in Runaways #25, with the team joining Doc Justice to become his official support staff.
"And something that Super Hero comics do is a big costume change or a name change, and Rainbow had the idea for Doc Justice and the J-Team—this venerable Los Angeles hero who's without his support team," Lowe added. "And maybe the Runaways become that! So what we've got coming up is Doc Justice recruiting the Runaways, and they've never done anything like this before."
Veteran Runaways artist Kris Anka will return to the series with issue #27 to help cement the transition from Runaways to J-Team.
"For as much as RUNAWAYS is a Marvel comic, as much as they're super-powered characters," Nick continues, "they're not Super Heroes. They never have been. They've done things to help people, heroic things, but they're not Super Heroes; they don't go on patrol. So you'll see the start of it all in issues #24-26, but things really start happening in issue #27... And we have a guest artist for that (who's not really a guest) because Kris Anka is back for an issue! He's coming in for RUNAWAYS #27 to help us mint the group as the J-Team. We're super glad to have him.
Runaways #25 by Rainbow Rowell and Andrés Genolet goes on sale Sept. 25 from Marvel Comics.