Move over, Scottober: DC’s bringing out Geoffvember this fall. The publisher has announced three new Geoff Johns-written titles set to debut in November, including a relaunch of the Justice Society of America and a Stargirl miniseries.
It all kicks off with The New Golden Age, a one-shot set to arrive on November 8th. Written by Johns, the issue features art by Steve Lieber, Jerry Ordway, and Diego Olortegui, with covers by Mikel Janín, Gary Frank, Todd Nauck, Mike Allred, David Talaski, and Dan Hipp. Here’s how DC describes the one-shot, which spins out of the conclusion of the currently-running Flashpoint Beyond series:
DC’s future…and its past…will never be the same again. But how are Mime and Marionette connected to this? Why are Rip Hunter and the Time Masters the most unlikable heroes in the DC Universe? And who or what is…Nostalgia? Don’t miss the start of the strangest mystery to have ever plagued the DC Universe.
Nostalgia is the greatest villain comics have ever faced, and Johns has arguably been one of the driving forces of that nostalgia for the past twenty-five years – will he exhibit some self-awareness on that front in this book? Here are Nauck, Allred, and Hipp’s variant covers for that issue:
Following The New Golden Age comes the November 22nd launch of a new Justice Society of America ongoing series by Johns and Mikel Janín. The debut issue for that series will sport cover a main cover by Janín and variants by Yanick Paquette, Joe Quinones, Ordway, and Lieber.
After making their long awaited return in the pages of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #3, the Justice Society of America (JSA) are back in “Justice Society of America: The New Golden Age Part One.” Or are they? A long-lost hero from the JSA crashes into our era with a grave warning…but it’s too late. A mysterious and malevolent enemy has invaded the entire history of the JSA, and an all-new team must come together to defeat it. But what deadly secret does this messenger from beyond keep? Where are they from? And why is all of this happening now? Only the Time Masters know…
“There will be familiar faces re-joining the team, like Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, as well as long-lost members returning, like Beth Chapel and Yolanda Montez, and a new Golden Age legacy hero first hinted at in the end of Flashpoint Beyond. Mikel Janin is doing the work of his career on this,” added Johns.
It’s nice to see a fresh new face taking on the Justice Society. Johns has only previously written the team once before, helming their ongoing adventures from 1999 until 2009.
Also spinning out of The New Golden Age will be Stargirl: The Lost Children, which also serves as a follow-up to the Stargirl Spring Break Special that came out over a year ago and you’re forgiven if you’ve forgotten about. Written by Johns and illustrated by Todd Nauck, the six-issue miniseries finds Stargirl and a few other young heroes up against a new villain with an interesting name:
When Stargirl of the Justice Society and Green Arrow’s ally Red Arrow discover a tragic teenage hero from the past has gone missing, they set out to find him…only to discover he’s not the first teenage hero of the Golden Age to have vanished without a trace. But where have they gone? Who are they? And what does the Childminder want with them?
Here’s an unlettered preview of the first issue, which will feature variant covers by Crystal Kung and Mayo “Sen” Naito:
So many new projects spinning out of Flashpoint Beyond, a miniseries I think many people expected to be a one-and-done thing, is certainly an interesting turn of events. It’ll be interesting to see if Johns sticks with the Justice Society book in particular, or if he’ll eventually pass it off to one of his Flashpoint Beyond co-writers, Jeremy Adams or Tim Sheridan. It feels like it might be time to pass that particular torch, after all.
Look for The New Golden Age, Justice Society of America #1, and Stargirl: The Lost Children #1 (of 6) to all arrive in stores and digitally in November.