This spring will bring a whole new look to DC Comics' Justice League franchise. The four-issue weekly miniseries Justice League: No Justice will spin out of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's current Dark Nights: Metal event, leading to a new slate of Justice League comics.
In Justice League: No Justice. Snyder and artist Francis Manapul will explore what happens when Brainiac arrives on Earth to bring its heroes and villains together to stop an incoming threat. Preview artwork released by DC has given us the first look at the four teams assembled for the weekly miniseries, including current members of the Justice League, Justice League of America and Teen Titans, along with some surprising additions like Lex Luthor, Deathstroke and Harley Quinn. While there are a lot of mysteries yet to be explained (Starro?!?), we've noticed that each roster seems to pair members that share similar qualities. Here, CBR takes a closer look at each team's lineup, and how those similarities could factor into the larger story.
Team Mystery aka The Aliens
First up is the unit codenamed Team Mystery, consisting of Superman, Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Starro and Sinestro. The reasoning behind the name "mystery" could be as simple as all five members being from the great beyond, or outer space. It's worth noting that, with Brainiac's threat more than likely originating from the cosmos, having a team full of aliens, headlined by Superman, makes a lot of sense.
After many battles with the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro recently raged war against the Man of Steel in the pages of Superman. Watching the two of them work together should add a level of tension to Team Mystery. As for Starro, he was revealed in Metal as the one controlling all of the residents on Thanagar Prime. This new version of the classic Justice League villain became an instant hit with fans, and Snyder looks to be keeping the momentum going in No Justice. Another choice that stands out is Martian Manhunter, who has kept a low profile in Rebirth outside of a recent appearance in a flashback sequence in Justice League.
The second squad has Batman leading Team Entropy, a group that includes Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Lobo and Beast Boy. Though Lobo is an alien, he's noticeably absent from Team Mystery. This could be because of his current working relationship with Batman, and the Dark Knight being able to keep the Main Man on a short leash.
Team Entropy looks to be the League's bruisers, with Lobo and Beast Boy capable of some heavy lifting to go with Batman and Deathstroke's fighting abilities. Luthor and Deathstroke have both displayed heroic tendencies lately, and it won't hurt to have Luthor's genius-level intellect to supplement Batman's -- and to add a little dramatic tension when they inevitably bump heads.
Magic is the name of the game for Team Wonder. All five members -- Wonder Woman, Doctor Fate, Zatanna, Raven and Etrigan the Demon -- have mystical backgrounds, so if the need ever arises, they'll be able to conjure the perfect incantation.
As far as we can tell, this is also our first No Justice team with no clear-cut villain on its roster. It can't be for a lack of devious magicians in the DC Universe, but perhaps this is on purpose. While Wonder Woman and Raven regularly appear in monthly titles, Zatanna and Etrigan have starred in new miniseries (Mystik U and The Demon: Hell is Earth, respectively), with Doctor Fate a supporting character in the canceled Blue Beetle.
Last, but definitely not least, is the science whiz kids of Team Wisdom. The Flash is flanked by Harley Quinn, Robin (Damian Wayne), the Atom (Ryan Choi) and Cyborg. Now, you may be wondering why Harley is placed in Team Wisdom with the big brains. However, we must remember that before she met the Joker, she was Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a successful psychiatrist with a genius level IQ.
Batman's son Damian shouldn't be overlooked, either. Along with leading the Teen Titans, he spent his early years under the tutelage of the League of Assassins, where he got a crash course in not only training his body, but also his mind.
Whatever the threat is, the DC Universe appears to be in good hands with this impressive display of talent assembled. Once Justice League: No Justice concludes, the next step will be the reveal of who goes on to star in one of the multiple Justice League titles spinning out of the event, and the creative teams involved in crafting those stories.