Off My Mind: Looking at the New JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA Roster

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The formation of superhero teams makes perfect sense in comic books. The goal of the heroes is to protect the innocent and to vanquish evil. A superhero is only able to do so much on their own. As the evil threats grow, the heroes need to increase their numbers in order to continue to save innocent lives.

In the "New 52," it was the threat of Darkseid and his attack against the world that lead to the creation of the Justice League. Batman soon found himself meeting Green Lantern, Superman and Flash followed by Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg. It was their combined might and skills that lead to Darkseid's defeat. Continuing to fight as a team was a logical decision.

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In the five years they've existed, apparently they haven't been too open to expanding their roster. There were a couple attempts and the team decided they could only trust each other to be members of the team. Despite the UN's attempt and failure with the Justice League International, there is a new Justice League team forming. Steve Trevor's involvement suggests this is another government formed team possibly with A.R.G.U.S. invovled. The roster has some interesting choices but most makes sense in their own way. Looking at each member shows how they will be an asset to the new team.

== TEASER ==

Steve Trevor

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If the Justice League had an actual eighth member it would be Steve Trevor. He has been the only one outside the team the members have communicated with. He's the only one that knows more about them than others. Trevor's had the most contact with them and knows some of their secrets. If anyone could be in charge of a new team with the League's blessings, it would be Steve.

Besides just having contact with the team and having a crush on Wonder Woman, there is more to Trevor. He was a member of Team 7, which we'll be finding out more about in the coming months. Originally Team 7 consisted of members with special abilities aside from their military training. I was hoping that Trevor could possibly have some extra abilities when it was first revealed he was part of the team. His recent capture by the League's enemy, Graves, gave him the opportunity to use them but he didn't show any signs of them.

Trevor has also been busy, standing up to Constantine and the unofficial Justice League Dark as he tries to maintain the safety of the world from magical forces. His involvement with A.R.G.U.S., the agency created to fight superhuman threats, makes him the right person to be involved with a new team. Rrevor most likely had the idea of a new team cooking since JUSTICE LEAGUE #8.


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Who is Vibe? Why should he be on the team? The addition of Vibe may come as a surprise to some. He had a short-lived career in the pre-New 52 comics and was killed in action as a member of the Justice League.

Vibe is young and most likely eager. His power to create vibrations and cause destruction could be useful in a battle. Having him on the team could also be a way to keep an eye on him and make sure he is steered in the right path.

Because Vibe hasn't been too active in the New 52 so far, he could remain a bit of an unknown among villains. There's also the fact that he was a skilled breakdancer and likely could use his moves and agility in combat or stealth situations.

There was a mention of Vibe aside from his appearance in the Free Comic Book Day issue. We'll have to wait and see how much of his backstory has changed or remains the same to determine why he's part of the team. He does appear to provide some firepower they could use.


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Isn't she a thief? Didn't she recently escape police custody and was a suspect in the murder of her friend?

One of Catwoman's advantages is her association with Batman. Of course the Dark Knight would vouch for her. He would see being part of the Justice League as a possible way to redeem herself and could keep her out of trouble. Catwoman may be a thief but a lot of what she does is for the thrill and excitement. Of course being in the League will lead to exciting times.

Besides her hand to hand fighting skills, Catwoman also has a way of getting in wherever she needs to go. Her skills as a thief allow her the stealth that could be essential if this team plans on taking on less missions involving sheer brute strength. There may be times when the team needs to do things behind the scenes. They may need to get to places without a huge public

There's also the possibility that she might not have too much of a choice. Her participation could be a way to clear her of certain charges looming over her head. It wouldn't be the first we've seen characters blackmailed into joining teams. Catwoman isn't someone that can be especially tamed. There's got to be some big reason for her to be on the team. Even if she was being blackmailed, she'd find a way around that.

Martian Manhunter

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Previously in the New 52, Martian Manhunter was part of Stormwatch. He just recently quit and wiped the memories of his teammates. He felt his time with the team was at an end and they didn't need him anymore.

We also saw that he has had contact the Justice League before. It didn't go too well. Afterwards he was seen still keeping tabs on the team. He told himself, "They're not prepared." Prepared for what?

J'onn will be an asset to the team. Although his recent behavior will ensure everyone better stay on their toes to make sure he doesn't wipe their memories when he feels his time is up. How he gets involved will be the important part. Will he seek Trevor out and be the one to push for this team or is Steve somehow staying in touch with him?

Baz - New Green Lantern

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Baz is another wild card. Something is going down in the GREEN LANTERN comics and we're supposed to be seeing the death of a Lantern. While we could speculate on which GL from Earth is dying, we won't do that here.

If you're going to form a new Justice League team, it makes perfect sense to get a Green Lantern on board. The question is, where does his allegiances lie? If we're seeing a new Green Lantern being added to the Corps now, right when the Guardians are plotting to take them down, you have to wonder if they had anything to do with his being appointed. Also, how will he be convinced to join a team on Earth when he has the power to fly through space?

Looking at that final image in the Free Comic Book Day issue (below), you have to wonder what this team is going to stand for.


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Many felt that Catwoman on the team was a surprise but Stargirl is another. This is a character whose history and origin is tied to some older characters.

Stargirl first gained a Cosmic Belt from Pat Dugan, who was dating her mom. She was later given a Star Rod by Jack Knight. These other characters haven't been seen or mentioned in the New 52. It'll be interesting to see what her origin is now and how much will remain the same.

If she's still 16, it's pretty impressive that she would be included on the Justice League and not another team of younger heroes first, such as the Teen Titans. This is quite a jump for a young hero that apparently hasn't had any time in the spotlight before this.

A lot depends on how the team will be sanctioned. The "of America" part of the name makes you think they will be a public team. Some of the choices are suspect. Having an underaged hero would surely raise some eyebrows.


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Katana has been a member of the Birds of Prey. But she hasn't exactly been the most stable member. After spending time fighting the Yakuza after they killed her husband, she became a member of Black Canary's Birds of Prey team. She claims her husband's soul is contained in the blade of her sword and spends time talking to him/it. Katana is also known for not exactly holding back when facing enemies.

This is continuing to make the inclusion of some members to this new team a little uncertain. Again, depending on the nature of the team, whether it's public or covert, having a killer on the team doesn't seem like the best idea in terms of public relations.

Perhaps Trevor will find a way to control her better. Perhaps his resources could promise her the closure she might crave.


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What has Hawkman been up to in the New 52? There have been several versions of Hawkman over the years but we've been seeing the Carter Hall version. He has the Nth Metal in his body and has been trying to find out more about it. He's also had visions of a female that looked familiar but he couldn't place her name. He was also told some answers would lie on the planet Thanagar.

Hawkman is another wildcard for the team. He hasn't shown any signs of wanting to be a teamplayer or even a public superhero. Due to his savage nature (it's in the title of his comic), this could lead to some more instability on the team. Hawkman has often had difficulty holding his anger in check. Why he's being brought onto the team remains to be seen.

Green Arrow

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Green Arrow has been dying to be part of the team. He made it more than obvious how much it means to him and the rest of the League kept shutting him out. Steve Trevor did talk to him after his numerous attempts to insert himself onto the team. He told Steve that he knows them and that they aren't superheroes but instead, they're like him. He feels the League needs a social conscience. He feels he could do more with a team than he currently is. He wants to prove that he really has changed.

What's interesting about this conversation is Steve makes it clear they won't ask him or anyone to be part of the team. So where exactly does that leave this upcoming roster?

Steve told Green Arrow that because he knows how to navigate and conquer the corporate world and can manipulate politics and people, he had a team that would be good for him. He had another team that could use a social conscience. Apparently this will be that team.

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It was in that final image in the Free Comic Book Day issue set in "the near future" that we see what appears to be a conflict between the Justice League and the Justice League of America. It has to do with the Trinity War and the item Pandora liberated from the fabled Pandora's Box that was in the custody of A.R.G.U.S. These two teams, along with a few others, will be fighting each other.

We have to wait to see what events lead up to that and why the two teams are not working together. Steve Trevor recently underwent a great amount of torture and apparently died because of his association with the League. Obviously he gets better but has that experience left a sour taste in his mouth? Could he be forming this team to stand by his side and to work against the League?

At first the team appeared to have a lot of potential. It still does but also contains several unstable elements. If it's Trevor or Martian Manhunter leading and controlling this team, they're going to have their hands full.

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#1 Posted by saoakden (1282 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to pick up this book. JLI's roster didn't seem to interesting to me. The only characters I really cared about from JLI was Batman, Guy to some extent and Batwing whenever he joined, yet it wasn't enough for me to get into the book. This roster looks interesting. I think this roster can lead to better stories. The characters all have interesting backgrounds, have some kind of relationship with one another and it would be interesting to see how these characters interact with each other. I'm interested to see how Baz will interact with the JLA since in the Green Lantern Solicits say Baz vs. the Justice League. Seeing Martian Manhunter with this team should be cool too. I guess he will regain his founding member status for this Justice League team. Catwoman being on the team, now that's interesting. I wouldn't expect her to be a part of a Justice League team.

Although I wonder how the Justice League will feel about this team BEFORE THE TRINITY WAR BEGINS.

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#2 Posted by JonSmith (4529 posts) - - Show Bio

Any idea why Batman is carrying around a chunk of rock?

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#3 Posted by RedX9 (76 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think this team will have the blessings of the Justice League when they show up in the new 52. Look at how Batman was about Justice League international being around. Initially the JL and JLA will cross paths but its going not going to be pretty. You have to factor in why there will be a JLA to begin with. Will America think that Steve Trevor is better off not trying to keep relations with the team because they are uncontrollable? Its safe to assume such a thing seeing has how congress was about the JL still being secretive after all this time.

Also, How the hell is Steve Trevor still alive when we saw his spirit at the end of JL last month!?

Regardless, I'm intrigued to see where this goes and how it comes about.

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#4 Posted by lordraiden (9589 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm curious as to why there was even a new GL if the Guardians are supposedly wiping out the corpes and giving way to their third army? Puzzling times. And what's the deal with MM, wiping out team mates minds once he's done with them?? He seems more hardcore/extreme than his previous incarnation?

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#5 Posted by Nantucket (52 posts) - - Show Bio

In the final picture - can anybody see Hal Jordan?

All the current members of JL are on there except for him... I see Baz.

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#6 Posted by htb106 (1724 posts) - - Show Bio

@JonSmith: I'm pretty sure it's Pandora's box in a rock-coloured bag.

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#7 Posted by JohnnyGat (1592 posts) - - Show Bio

@Nantucket said:

In the final picture - can anybody see Hal Jordan?

All the current members of JL are on there except for him... I see Baz.

On the original sketch Hal was in Baz's place actually but I guess with what's going on with GL I'm thinking the Book of Blacks prophecy regarding Hal will come true.

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#8 Edited by zackattack529 (1408 posts) - - Show Bio

Catwoman and Katana need to go. no matter how good geoff johns writes them(which i doubt he will, but even if he does) they are better characters that could be used in this team, such as Nightwing, Supergirl, Grifter, Frankenstein. etc. also i heard Black Lightning might make a return, he should be a nomination for this team as well as Ray palmer.(wherever he is)

captain atom is an honorable mention..but maybe he is too overpowered...

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#9 Posted by Nantucket (52 posts) - - Show Bio

@JohnnyGat said:

@Nantucket said:

In the final picture - can anybody see Hal Jordan?

All the current members of JL are on there except for him... I see Baz.

On the original sketch Hal was in Baz's place actually but I guess with what's going on with GL I'm thinking the Book of Blacks prophecy regarding Hal will come true.

Why is it always Hal who falls off the deep end? It's like he's destined for evil.

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#10 Posted by lorex (1000 posts) - - Show Bio

Well I guess we will not be seeing Stargirl on Earth 2 any time in the future. Also while I like Catwoman I prefer her in a small group or solo. Not too sure about her on a big team. Nice to see Martial Manhunter getting the attention he deserves, hopefully he will be written well.

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#11 Posted by Or35ti (1133 posts) - - Show Bio

It's quite an odd cast for a public team with Katana and Martian Manhunter. Plus Baz, Catwoman and, although I'm not sure, Hawkman don't look like the friendliest of people. I'm so excited tho! I need to reconsider my pull list

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#12 Edited by BoyWander (333 posts) - - Show Bio

Can we please re-introduce Wally West? I miss him so much. I like him way better than Bart Allen. He would've been a fun addition to this line up.

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#13 Posted by knighthood (1917 posts) - - Show Bio

9 members in a team book is a bit too much for me. Without Trevor, Baz, and Vibe on the team I might be more interested.

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#14 Posted by wowylied (238 posts) - - Show Bio

Still not accepting the "of america" thing.

I fear they only use this because "international" did not sold and they want more money with all the people who will buy this only because there is "america" in the title.

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#15 Edited by Utandi (220 posts) - - Show Bio

Very interesting article. Thanks for all the character info.

For me Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Baz, Star Girl and Vibe would make a good team. But I'm not sure with the rest especially with Catwoman. I'll definitely check the first issue out.

Hmmm, Comic Vine International?

Challenge excepted! ;D

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#16 Edited by jorgeareizaga (469 posts) - - Show Bio

I love this line up altough they ruined Vibe´s uniform like Jim Lee did with Superman´s

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#17 Posted by lvenger (33049 posts) - - Show Bio

The team's not particularly American so I don't know why the title's called Justice League of America. However, this line up is very interesting. A good mix of personalities, gender and roles to fill power wise on the team. If this book is anything like Secret Avengers or X-Force, it's going to be good.

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#18 Posted by Eyz (3187 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm glad to see Geoff Johns bring back his (awesome) own character Stargirl into the New 52^^

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#19 Posted by Sovereign91001 (7455 posts) - - Show Bio

@Eyz said:

I'm glad to see Geoff Johns bring back his (awesome) own character Stargirl into the New 52^^


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#20 Edited by EmmRoss (20 posts) - - Show Bio

Still not sold. I love Steve Trevor as he's appeared in Justice League Dark, but if anything, I'd rather see an A.R.G.U.S. book(than this) with him in kind of a Nick Fury role and written with the same kind of tone as books like Justice League Dark and Batwoman.

But then I'd like Gotham Central brought back too. In a universe full of superheroes, there ought to be a book about the regular civilians and how they DEAL with the ramifications of superhumans and supervillains. I think it'd make for good reading. DC needs something a bit more cerebral than this.

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#21 Posted by the_stegman (38700 posts) - - Show Bio

Still not accepting the "of america" thing.

I fear they only use this because "international" did not sold and they want more money with all the people who will buy this only because there is "america" in the title.


They did it as a homage to Justice League of America which has been around for Decades as one of DC's most well known and well liked titles...I think people are making the "America'' thing into something it's not 
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#22 Posted by Master_Thief (1100 posts) - - Show Bio

The last image... where is catwoman

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#23 Posted by lifeboy (1717 posts) - - Show Bio

I am now a level 6, i have the powerrr!!!!

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#24 Posted by BatWatch (5487 posts) - - Show Bio

Good article.

In the last picture of the article, who is the redhead that Diana is clobbering? Anybody?

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#25 Posted by gmanfromheck (42520 posts) - - Show Bio

@JonSmith said:

Any idea why Batman is carrying around a chunk of rock?

That's what was in Pandora's Box in the Free Comic Book Day issue.

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#26 Posted by Twentyfive (3057 posts) - - Show Bio

My three faves are Stargirl, Vibe, and Baz!!!

I hope they kick some major butt!

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#27 Posted by wdchefdave (136 posts) - - Show Bio

Mera, Deadman, and Black Adam?!?

What is wrong with this picture?

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Looks like Hal Jordan must be in the bathroom.

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#28 Posted by Sammo21 (733 posts) - - Show Bio

lol, I'm sorry...but this looks horrible. I won't be picking this up.

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#29 Posted by mikeclark1982 (423 posts) - - Show Bio

@PsychoKnights: Aquaman's wife, Mera.

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#30 Posted by cincyducksfan35 (131 posts) - - Show Bio

this looks great, will be picking this up!

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#31 Posted by krspaceT (1943 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else see the tatoos on Baz? And that he is holding a gun......that Green Lantern just does't sit right

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#32 Posted by fodigg (6244 posts) - - Show Bio

The only thing that makes me interested in this book is Steve Trevor. Otherwise I'd write it off completely as the knockoff JLI it is.

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#33 Posted by Crash_Recovery (855 posts) - - Show Bio

I suspect that this title'll end up being superior to Johns Justice League.

Geoff was stellar on titles like pre-DCnU Justice Society and Green Lantern. Books where he was able to take either a. forgotten old characters or b. create new characters, and make them shine. Most of the characters he's populating this book with have either faltered or been mostly marginalized in the New 52. Though I'm going to wait-and-see on this book (and I've dropped JLA as of issue 6) I think this one, long term, is going to be pretty good.

Geoff shines on underdog characters, hence some of the struggles with an all-star populated Justice League.

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#34 Posted by accountwillbede (97 posts) - - Show Bio

so...Catwoman=Black Widow, Green Arrow=Hawkeye, Stargirl=Cap...etc does this seem like DC is trying to leech of the popularity of the avengers, kinda like the Squadron supreme was leeching off the justice league to anyone else?

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#35 Posted by ms__omega (5138 posts) - - Show Bio

I like this team setup.

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#36 Posted by pmvaun (14 posts) - - Show Bio

why is Wonder Woman attacking Aquaman? Why is Deadman there? Is that the atom? Who is the lady with purple hair?

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#37 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Why didn't they just change the writer and roster of JLI and keep the book going?
  2. Why is everyone moaning that Katana is on the Justice League, it's not any worse than having Wolverine on the Avengers
  3. Whats the point of ARGUS when there are at least four other government agency's that do the exact same thing?
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#38 Posted by Emperormeister734 (895 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to know more about Baz

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#39 Posted by JTMac005 (950 posts) - - Show Bio

Trinity War will be a crossover with Justice League, JLA, and Earth 2.

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#40 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@zackattack529: Ray Palmer is in Agents of SHADE 
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#41 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@EmmRoss: They tried an ARGUS type book before in Blackhawks, it didn't sell they also tried a book about regular guys dealing with superhumans in Man of War, it didn't sell ether  
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#42 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@pmvaun: Deadman is in Justice League Dark
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#43 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (3237 posts) - - Show Bio

I like this team its sweet

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#44 Posted by sethysquare (3965 posts) - - Show Bio

wow. seriously cant wait.

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#45 Posted by edtie97 (81 posts) - - Show Bio

This is going to be so exciting. Im really interested in the new justice league of America team because it's such a different mashup of characters. Though I'm wondering what team are the others on?

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#46 Posted by JayMar89 (93 posts) - - Show Bio

Get rid of vibe, katanna, and trevor add steel, captain atom and captain marvel and make steve can give out the missions but he dosent go on them. im planning on reading this though

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#47 Posted by Barkley (284 posts) - - Show Bio

@jorgeareizaga: I like Superman new costume grown men shouldnt wear underwear on the outside of their

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#48 Posted by Barkley (284 posts) - - Show Bio

@Lvenger: Baz the new green lantern is Arab american so thats one..Carter Hall Hawkman is american ,catwoman thats 3...hmm green arrow is american thats four...vibe is latin american thats 5....i will give you martian manhunter...LOL

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#49 Posted by QuantomMan (221 posts) - - Show Bio

This is going to be sa-weeeet to pick up

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#50 Posted by edtie97 (81 posts) - - Show Bio

Actually...It looks like the some of the justice league members leave and join another team, because, why would wonder woman be fighting aqua man? With the justice league of america, why would green arrow be firing at hawk man?

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