Who will be the new Dawn of the DCU Justice League writer?

Who is DC’s next Justice League writer?

Disclaimer: While DC is still in the midst of its current monthly Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths event (Issue 4 of 7 went on sale September 6), due to the unique three-month solicitation cycle ahead of the industry, our community is always looking to the future as much (if not more) than what lies ahead.

Namely, DC just announced its next post-Dark Crisis editorial era beginning in January – Dawn of the DCU – which will almost certainly include (we’ll go with 99.8%) what should be a highly anticipated return of a Justice Current League title in January or very soon after. The series has been dormant since the “cancellation” of the last volume with May’s Justice League #75 – AKA the “Death of the Justice League” story that kicked off Dark Crisis.

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Something from DC’s flagship series 1a (1 is the ongoing Batman title), Justice League is one of the most high-profile gigs in comics and the creative teams over the past 25 years have included some of the greatest DC’s talent roster names live up to their business profiles.

DC’s Dawn of the DCU announcement comes with footage that signals classic Justice League members Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and The Flash feature prominently in its plans, and it doesn’t It’s not hard to imagine these superheroes being front and center of a revived title.

However, we’ll leave speculation about the line-up for another day, and for now, wonder aloud which writer will be handed the title reins to help launch the new era of DC. Our list is long but not exhaustive, so there will surely be names that we will have forgotten.

And keep in mind that DC rarely looks for names that aren’t already associated with its main DCU line. When it does, it’s usually the creators who are big names at rival Marvel Comics, which informs our speculation.

The heirs presumptive

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As they say, Justice League is arguably DC second highest-profile gig, so you can never ignore who’s currently writing Batman when looking at the possibilities.

Writer Chip Zdarksky picked up Batman just a few months ago, and his early issues have already highlighted Superman and brought to mind a classic Justice League “Tower of Babel” storyline.

The conversation starts (but doesn’t end) there.

Fan-fave Tom Taylor is as versed in writing Justice League as any writer will ever be without actually writing Justice League proper.

Its current Dark Knights of Steel is more or less a Justice League story from an alternate setting and continuity and its Injustice and DCeased series inhabit the same conceptual space as a Justice League story.

Taylor is already plugged into the DCU via his current ongoing series Superman: Son of Kal-El and Nightwing, the latter a possible key given Dick Grayson’s prominence in the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths finale and the transition to the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. dawn of the DCU.

Though he’s more recently branched out into projects outside of the core DCU continuity, Tom King would have been a name to watch were it not for his recent announcement that he was stepping away from writing comics for some sort Hollywood project.

And speaking of Hollywood, you can never overlook an Oscar-winning writer, so John Ridley is worth keeping an eye on, although his current DC projects fall outside the Justice League core sphere.

While perhaps not as well-known as some of the other names, Matthew Rosenberg has his name attached to four different titles in DC’s December solicitations, suggesting a level of mutual comfort with DC’s current editorial regime.

Rosenberg appears to be a writer whose profile is rising, like previous Justice League writers like Scott Synder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson.

It’s not just a man’s game

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Becky Cloonan (usually with her writing partner Michael C. Conrad) is another writer who calls himself DC prolific these days, and thus an heir apparent. She has (co)written Superman and Wonder Woman over the past two years.

Cloonan would also shatter something of a glass ceiling in DC surrounding the Justice League. No woman has ever written the main ongoing series before and it might be time to finally break that barrier in 2023. Tini Howard, Megan Fitzmartin and Stephanie Phillips also come to mind as talented women who could take the reins of the Justice League.

Non-binary writer Grant Morrison may have created the seminal Justice League run (put a pin in that), and there’s room for other expansive writers like Vita Ayala or Danny Lore to follow in their footsteps and bring new POV to DC’s A-team.

The transfer protocol

DC and Marvel are no longer at war for creative talent like they once were, but it’s hard to forget one of the most recent times a top writer switched teams.

Brian Michael Bendis was such a huge name at Marvel (and in the industry) when he took his talents to Burbank and soon ended up writing…you guessed it…the Justice League.

Jonathan Hickman and Jason Aaron are two names that stand out as writers who could jump across the country like Bendis did.

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There’s been buzz about Hickman writing for DC for years now. Although more recently he has taken a step back from his Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men tour de force to focus on creator-owned projects, he will return to Marvel for a mystery project with artist Valerio Schiti. In the coming months. .

The Justice League is precisely the kind of large-scale DC project that Hickman could excel at, especially given the more meta-fictional nature of the DCU. At some point, it would seem inevitable that Hickman would eventually make it to DC (and if you believe the rumors, attempts have been made), but that’s much more uncertain in 2022.

Jason Aaron will wrap up his own explosive run on the Avengers in the coming months by fully exploring the Marvel Multiverse, jumping into the DC sandbox with his multiversal preoccupation, a natural transition.

The ‘you can go home’

Whenever someone delivers a signature on a comic, you can never rule out the possibility of a triumphant return.

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It could be argued that Geoff Johns – at one time a DC name as big as there was – never got to write the ‘real’ Justice League because its still high-profile run was under the New 52 umbrella which didn’t didn’t include every toy DC writers can play with today.

But Johns is likely focusing on his own New Golden Age corner of the DCU, which includes an ongoing Justice Society of America series, so a simultaneous return to Justice League seems a bit unlikely.

Perhaps the biggest splash DC could make with readers and the press would be to somehow bring Morrison back to monthly superhero comics. Morrison’s time in the JLA series they started is one of the most beloved modern series in all of comics over the past quarter century and arguably the pinnacle of the long-running DC series.

The buzz a second Morrison run would generate can’t be understated, but their energy seems to be headed in other directions than DC and Marvel superhero comics these days.

That said, the writer who had the unenviable task of following Morrison at the time (and did pretty well) could be in a great position to make a comeback.

It wasn’t too long ago that Mark Waid’s long-awaited return to writing DC titles was news and we didn’t know the extent of it, but now Waid seems all-in.

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His ongoing Batman/Superman: World’s Finest series has the kind of “embracing DC’s historic past but pointing to the future” dynamic that readers respond to, and Waid is currently the writer for the Batman vs. Robin who once again permeates the DCU/energy Justice League crossover community embodies (or should) every month.

Plus, as we learned this week, Waid is the writer of Dark Crisis: Big Bang #1, a December special that effectively celebrates the return of Infinite Earths lost in the original Crisis and feels like a natural introduction. to Dawn of the DCU.

The publisher refers to Waid as a “comic book legend and DC architect” in its description of the special, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Waid’s full-fledged DC revival includes a return to a title that he is uniquely qualified and positioned to knock out from the park.

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