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Interview: Doug Mahnke Talks Trinity War and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

The Trinity War is about to begin and Doug is ready to report for duty.

On July 10, Trinity War begins in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE #22. From there it continues into JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6. Handling the art for the JLA issues is Doug Mahnke, reuniting with Geoff Johns after his long stint on GREEN LANTERN.

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Comic Vine: Is JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6 what you hinted at before when you said you'd be working with Geoff again? (you mentioned it at WonderCon).

Doug Mahnke: Yeah, this is what I was referring to, although we have a few ideas for the future which I can't mention.

CV: Is it strange or refreshing working on so many other characters besides just GL ones?

DM: I will admit that by the end of my GL run I was completely in the drivers seat, and comfortable with what I was drawing. All the characters I knew without needing reference, and the version of Oa I would draw was mine. Once while drawing some panel in GL I needed a reference, and they sent me my own. 4 years on a book will cause that. Now shifting gears away from what was a fairly simple cast, I have to draw three different leagues and new, unfamiliar environments. There was a bit of a learning curve here, as well as retooling of characters I had known, such as Amanda Waller. She is in shape now!

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CV: How closely does JLA follow JL 22? Does it pick up moments afterwards or does it still have a separate feel?

DM: It is right on its heels, although the stories have their own focus or a detail they are now picking up.

CV: What's it like doing a two-issue stint on a title after being the regular artist on GREEN LANTERN for so long?

DM: Well, I went from GL 20 with 54 pages of art, screaming into the the finish, to a big ticket story that is only two issues long but intense. I'm still in combat mode. I'll have a legitimate perspective on this when Trinity War is over.

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CV: Will we be hearing an announcement soon for what you'll be working on after JUSTICE LEAGUE #7?

DM: Maybe!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #22 starts things off on July 10 and Doug's issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6 is on sale July 17.

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I like the way he draws women. Looks great.

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@hazmat103: It's the eyes. So much emotion in the way he draws them.

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Batman looks weird on the JL #22 cover

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The art looks great! Dough's defiantly got a great sense of the characters (and I have to say that they look a lot better than when he drew them in the Brightest Day arc of GL). Can't wait to read Trinity War when it comes out.

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I am really looking forward to this story. Art looks great. I'm excited for this story.

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Nice! Can't wait for the Trinity War to begin! What titles will be tie-ins to this story arc?

  • Justice League

  • Justice League of America

  • Justice League Dark

Am I correct?

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@raw_material: Yeah they are the main titles for the story, but Pandora, Phantom Starnger and Constantine are tieing in too.

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@raw_material: Yup. You can expect some more interviews coming...

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Well.....that Superman vs Martian Manhunter vs Flash fight certainly got my attention.

Nice! Can't wait for the Trinity War to begin! What titles will be tie-ins to this story arc?

  • Justice League

  • Justice League of America

  • Justice League Dark

Am I correct?

Also Pandora, Phantom Stranger and Constantine.

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I wasn't really keen for the Trinity War but now with Mahnke on JLA this is way more interesting.

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Just that one page of them fighting as me amped for this. But I must say I feel like Hawkaman is out classed in Waller's list. No way he should be hanging with Aquaman.

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Well.....that Superman vs Martian Manhunter vs Flash fight certainly got my attention.

Should be interesting at least.

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Is it just me, or does Hawkman's face look a little... off in that image. I like the art in general, Mahnke is amazing, but that one panel looks weird.

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Hawkman is going to get battered, good.

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If Mahnke is only going to do a 2-issue stint, who's the new regular artist? Will this book ever have a regular artist?

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I was really excited to see Mahnke come on board for JLA. But it's only two issues? At the end of issue 7, this book will have already had three different artists. Even Marvel who has become known for truncated artist runs does better than that.

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Dang the art looks awesome! I'll admit i'm not the biggest Mahnke fan but he draws awesome stuff as well :), it's all in the eyes (similar to Rags Morales) Can't wait to check out the event!

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What exactly is Flash doing?

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Cat and Steve <3 is greater than cat and bat <\3

Cat and Steve <3 is greater than steve and wondy <\3

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One of my favorite artists! Can't wait for this series to start!

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@g_man: Do I have to buy all the Justice League titles to read Trinity war? I only read the JLA.

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"Once while drawing some panel in GL I needed a reference, and they sent me my own. 4 years on a book will cause that"

Lol, that's just brilliant.

"There was a bit of a learning curve here, as well as retooling of characters I had known, such asAmanda Waller. She is in shape now!"

I know. I miss fat Waller too. She was far more intimidating then.

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Wonder woman being next to Steve Trevor is a attention grabber.

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@jwalser3: Have you read Hawkmans series?, they made him more durable than his pre 52 iteration.

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@madeinbangladesh: yes

  • Justice League

  • Justice League of America

  • Justice League Dark

  • Pandora, Phantom Stranger and Constantine are part of the story as well
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What exactly is Flash doing?

Vibrating his hand through J'onn's chest.

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@jwalser3 said:

Just that one page of them fighting as me amped for this. But I must say I feel like Hawkaman is out classed in Waller's list. No way he should be hanging with Aquaman.

In that first image, I think that's Superman punching Green Arrow in the chest. Now that's outclassed!

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Really pumped for Trinity War! Glad to see DC's going all out with this one.

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Hawkman? Out classed by Aquaman? No disrespect, I just don't see it. Pre 52, maybe. But now? No way.

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Hawkman was able to knock out Superman in Superman/Batman's first arc back in 2003-04. He used the Claw of Horus to do it.

And Superman is breaking Green Arrow's bow like a twig, not punching him in the chest.

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Wonder Woman next to steve... she looks kind of beastly... that's alright, I like beastly chic's! :-)

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At gman

yeah, I agree, its the eyes. Its not the breasts or anything like that. Yeah, definatly the eyes...uh-huh.

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Justice League Dark is the only "team" book I've been reading. May have to stretch my budget and buy the next few JL/JLA issues.

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Is it just me, or does Hawkman's face look a little... off in that image. I like the art in general, Mahnke is amazing, but that one panel looks weird.

well Hawkman is getting punched in the face =)

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Man, though Finch was alright, just a momentary glance at these pages shows you what an upgrade Mahnke is. I loved his art on Green Lantern, and I'm sure I'll love it on JLA.

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Wonder Woman and Steve!

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One thing that I'm really enjoying about Trinity War and the New 52 in general is that Steve Trevor is getting a lot more attention than he did in the old DCU. Mahnke draws a really good Trevor too, I just got to say.

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Damn, those panels between Diana and Steve Trevor spell so much painful awkwardness its not even funny. Really looking forward to this event and can't wait to see how Doug handles it too!

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I want Ray back as the Atom

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Damn, those panels between Diana and Steve Trevor spell so much painful awkwardness its not even funny. Really looking forward to this event and can't wait to see how Doug handles it too!

I was about to say....Jesus.

Man, I wanna read this event just for that moment, now.

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There is a strong possibility that he will be involve in one of highly anticipated upcoming Multiverse titles, right?

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Mahnke's art is such a treat

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The only problem with the artwork is Wonder Woman looks very... trannyish. She reminds me of a more slender ugly stepsister from Shrek 2.

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@noir56 said:

There is a strong possibility that he will be involve in one of highly anticipated upcoming Multiverse titles, right?

I thought Mahnke was the new full time artist for Justice League of America.

(Nevermind, just read the interview. Whoops.)

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Shazam!

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After seeing her in her own title looking so plain, it's great to see Wonder Woman with a nice rack again. Cleavage and Wonder Woman go together like peanut butter and jelly.

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Get him back on the main JL book.

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I'm hoping that Superman punches MM into next year. I hate how he's instantly written off against him.

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