Comic-Con: Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes march into Trinity War

July 19, 2013 | 5:06 p.m.
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A preview of Page 20 from "Justice League" No. 22, written by Geoff Johns with art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. The comic hits stores July 10 as three Justice League teams plunge into "Trinity War." (DC Entertainment)

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A preview of pages 22 and 23 from "Justice League" No. 22, written by Geoff Johns with art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. The comic hits stores July 10 as three Justice League teams plunge into "Trinity War." (DC Entertainment)

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A preview of Page 13 from "Justice League of America" No. 6, written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire with art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy. The comic hits stores July 17 as three Justice League teams plunge into "Trinity War." (DC Entertainment)

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A preview of Page 9 from "Justice League Dark" No. 22, written by Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes with art by Mikel Janin. The comic hits stores July 24 as three Justice League teams plunge into "Trinity War." (DC Entertainment)

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A preview of Page 10 from "Justice League Dark" No. 22, written by Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes with art by Mikel Janin. The comic hits stores July 24 as three Justice League teams plunge into "Trinity War." (DC Entertainment)

In planning “Trinity War,” DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns told a panel about the summer crossover event, a key question emerged: “What’s the most devastating thing you can do to the Justice League?”

His answer: Make its members “lose faith in Superman.”

In “Justice League” No. 22, the first chapter of “Trinity War” which came out earlier this month, Superman was seen killing Doctor Light, a new member of the Justice League of America — a government-sponsored team designed to combat the Justice League if necessary. But other forces were at work, and the resulting mystery –- who used Superman? –- drives the story.

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Wonder Woman thinks it’s related to Superman’s handling Pandora’s box, from which all evil sprang, but Batman is convinced there’s a scientific answer. They pursue answers separately. At the end of Chapter 2, in the already-released “Justice League of America” No. 6, Wonder Woman is seen turning to a third team — the magic-centered Justice League Dark.

“If Justice League is the world’s greatest heroes and JLA is the world’s most dangerous heroes, then JLD is probably the most freakiest,” said Jeff Lemire, who co-plotted “Trinity War” with Johns and co-writes that oddball team’s series.

The JLD’s leader, the manipulative John Constantine, who Johns says has a “massive role” in the event, takes action in a tie-in issue in his stand-alone series, “Constantine” No. 5, coming out Wednesday. Writer Ray Fawkes said the antihero, in trying to figure out what’s going to happen, concludes that Shazam has a hand in what may go wrong in the Trinity War and so tries to steal away his magic powers.

“There’s really no dirty tactic that John won’t stoop to,” Fawkes said, “and if he needs to take away the power of a hero …”

“From a kid,” Johns interjected, to audience laughter.

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“Yeah, from a 13-year-old boy,” Fawkes said. “He’ll do it, and he’ll do it with a smile on his face.”

“His superpower is the fact that he can’t get any more corrupt,” Lemire added later.

JLD’s ranks also include Zatanna, who Lemire said was so powerful he found he kept having to de-power her and hold her back in other stories. In “Trinity War,” she’ll be let loose, and the building tension between her and Constantine will come to a head.

Further “Trinity War” and beyond tidbits: The Question, the only member of the Trinity of Sin without his own title, is on a quest to solve the Superman / Dr. Light case and teams up with the Man of Steel. Vibe, who Johns lamented as “nobody’s favorite character,” has a key part in “Trinity War.” Lemire said he has big plans for Martian Manhunter next year. Johns said that Hal Jordan will be back in the Justice League next year.

The summer event leads into the villain-centric “Forever Evil” in September. That No. 1 lands Sept. 4. Among the things to expect? “Black Adam and Sinestro’s bromance,” Johns said.

Tie-in titles include “Forever Evil: Arkham War” (Oct. 9) by Peter Tomasi, which pits villains from Gotham’s Arkham Asylum versus those from its Blackgate Prison, “Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion” (Oct. 16) and “Forever Evil: ARGUS” (Oct. 23).

But there’s plenty do before then: “By the end of ‘Trinity War,’” Johns said, “every thread we’ve set up in the New 52 since the beginning will be tied up as we go into ‘Forever Evil.’ You’ll see a lot of big reveals…. We’re really going to take it to the next level, the next phase of the New 52.”

— Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon

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One Response to Comic-Con: Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes march into Trinity War

  1. Michael Allan Leonard says:

    “What’s the most devastating thing you can do to the Justice League?”

    Let Geoff Johns write it.

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