[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Justice League Rebirth]
DC Comics’ Rebirth is taking the comic book world by storm, and so far most fans are enjoying the newly rebooted series. It may be quite a challenge to keep up with each core character's two new books per month, but it’s definitely worth it.
Now that the highly-anticipated Justice League Rebirth #1 has finally hit the shelves, readers are starting to learn how recent fundamental changes (like the new and sort of weird Superman and two rookie Green Lanterns) are affecting the dynamic within the superhero squad. The Justice League has arrived, and we are dying to know who or what they will be fighting against. It looks like we’re in for quite a few surprises - in addition to a psychic parasite throwing squid-like monster.
DC All Access recently sat down with writer Bryan Hitch (former writer and artist of JLA), who explained that the Justice League will be facing brand new villains and threats:
"They're all going to be new [villains in the series]. Because we've got the core characters - we've got two new Green Lanterns, Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, I'm going to do what I intended to do had I stayed on JLA, which was introduce all new villains. You may see classic villains but they won't be "THE" villains of the piece because with them, you kind of know what to expect, you've seen it before. Though those [familiar villains] may play into the larger story themes and story ideas, I think springing new stuff on people is a lot more fun. [Back] when I read comics, it was all new."
Hitch also discussed his reasoning for setting new ground rules for Justice League: Rebirth:
"Rebirth for me, is something of a mission statement. We've all read Justice League comics - and I [wrote] Justice League of America, as well. It was important to reset the ground rules and say, 'This is who the team is, this is how they work, this is the kind of stuff they're going to have to deal with.' I also wanted to [use the issue] to start some slightly different relationships with the team. Rebirth is just a hint of that."
Considering that Justice League just recently battled and destroyed Darkseid (for the time being, anyway), we’re excited to see what new menacing threats Hitch is planning on sending their way. Even though a re-imaging of classic DC villains could be interesting, it’s refreshing to see writers like Hitch creating new big bads to face off against our favorite superheroes.
Hitch even gave us a few details about one of the new threats - the Timeless:
“Timeless is a universe-wide religious movement who see that superheroes are destroying the fabric of reality by having an unruly affect in how the world should be working… their past selves can communicate with their future selves, hence the name Timeless. They’re tasked with making sure superheroes don’t exist within any period of time.”
It certainly sounds like Timeless will be a challenge for Justice League, with their goal of removing superheroes entirely from both time and space. Let's hope they don't succeed, or the DC universe could become a very quiet place.
Justice League: Rebirth #1 is available now.