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Justice League of America, a new title following the adventures of such DC Universe notables like Steve Trevor, Catwoman, and Green Arrow, and written by Jeoff Johns with art by David Finch, is set to debut in early 2013. In the grand tradtion of hyping up releases before sale date DC has just revealed a rather giant announcement for Justice League of America. The first issue will ship with not one, not two, not even 16 variant covers, but a whopping 52 variant covers!
Now 52 is a number already well-known in its significance for the DC Universe overall, being both the number of Universes and titles, but to fit in more with the theme of Justice League of America each variant comes with their own unique flavor. That flavor is that each cover will be personalized to each state of the United States, including Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Excessive or not Justice League of America will be debuting with a bang.
"Given the title of the comic and the year in which we're announcing -- an election year -- we wanted to celebrate the country, as well as the various states.", said DC Comics co-publisher Dan Didio.
That's not all that Justice League of America will bring with it this February. Also announced are two new titles that will premiere along with it: Katana, by Catwoman writer Ann Nocenti and artist Alex Sanchez, and Vibe, from Arrow creator Andrew Kreisberg and artist Pete Woods, to capitalize on their membership in this new team. These two books will have close ties to JLA, along with Green Arrow which will be getting a new creative team starting with Issue #17 - Animal Man's Jeff Lemire and I, Vampire 's Andrea Sorrentino. Lemire also co-wrote the back-up for Justice League #13 along with Geoff Johns with serves as the lead-up to Justice League of America.
Didio went on to say: "We've done a lot of great things with the New 52, and now we're putting the focus back on Justice League, with the launch of Justice League of America. We want to make people realize that this is one of our key franchises, and we plan to build it out not just with the main Justice League titles, but other books that tie into them as well."
What is important to note that these variants are will not serve as incentives for comic shops to make larger orders but will all be available equally for comic book retailers, something that can be interpreted as a risky move on DC's part especially when coupled with the large number of variants.
These titles hit stands February 2013.