Demythify: Is A New Justice League International JLI Series Coming After Forever Evil? (DC Comics New 52)
by John Babos on October 7, 2013

Before I get into this week’s abridged Demythify column, I want to congratulate my Comics Nexus colleague James Fulton whose The Weekly Round-Up column will reach #200 later this a.m. We’ve been doing Monday comics related columns here for years, but I bow to James who is our site’s iron man (more like Baltimore Oriole baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. than Marvel’s Tony Stark). Cheers James! I wish you all the best as you embark on your next 200 columns!

Ok, onto this week’s Demythify!

We’re looking at the previous Justice League International tease by artist R.B. Silva and how it actually materialized at your local comic book store. A bit of a slight pivot first; in other “Justice Leagues” news, DC Comics has finally revealed the covers for October’s Justice League family titles that they had kept under-wraps until recently. We now know what the Forever Evil related covers for Justice League of America #8, Justice League #24 and Justice League #24 look like. Interesting stuff.

With regards to the JLI, in January 2013, around the time Trinity War was being teased, the internet was swept up by some pretty cool DC Comics New 52 art by artist R.B. Silva formerly of the current Superboy ongoing DC series.

As I wrote at the time:

    Well, it does appear that R.B. Silva is on such a project featuring Shazam, Nightwing, Black Canary, Batgirl, Red Tornado and a previously spoken for Hawkman. Check out the pic from Silva’s Instagram below.

    BTW, did you notice the Justice League International hashtag in the second pic above? Hmmm. With that, here are some of those JLI heroes as drawn by Silva on his instragram: Shazam, Booster Gold and Black Canary.

The images and the “JLI” reference was just enough to get fandom frothy. And, at that time, the post Trinity War DC Comics New 52 wasn’t known yet; Forever Evil hadn’t been announced. A new JLI series with R.B. Silva seemed very plausible.

Well, it seems that if there is a Justice League International series coming after Forever Evil, this isn’t it.

Turns out R.B. Silva did the package art for DC Comics New 52’s “DC Comics Deck-building Game: Heroes Unite” from Cryptozic Entertainment.

The game is billed as follows:

  • Play as Shazam!, Hawkman, Red Tornado, Nightwing, Black Canary, Batgirl, or Booster Gold.
  • Each Super Hero has a unique special ability that will open up different strategies to the player. Follow that strategy or break away with a plan of your own!
  • Card combos, strategy, and fun abound in this game where every card is a well-known, fan-favorite card with amazing art.
  • This is a standalone game, but also an expansion to the hit DC Comics Deck-building Game released in late 2012. Mix the two sets together for the ultimate showdown!
  • Easy to learn, entertaining and engaging gameplay.

More on this announcement and on the new deck-building itself here. Plus check out the art and game below.

Very cool that DC Comics New 52 is also having its top artists do some of the ancillary products as well. That is a pretty neat spread by artist R.B Silva.

I actually like that rag-tag crew though. Will we have art inspiring art? Will deck game concepts make their way into the comics the same way CW’s Arrow TV show recently inspired the introduction of a character in the Green Arrow comic book.

This edition of DC’s deck-building game, follows the previous version – still available – that had the New 52’s A-Team Justice League depicted by several top artists, including DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, as the packaging art.

Anyhow want to share their DC deck-building experience with us? Feel free to do so in the comments section below.

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