(The cover for JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 by Aaron Lopreseti;
The cover for GREEN ARROW #1 by Brett Booth and Rob Hunter)
Fresh off of his bestselling run as the writer/artist of BOOSTER GOLD, Dan Jurgens returns with two new series this fall: JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL and GREEN ARROW. Dan will be dividing his talents evenly as he serves as the writer for JLI and the artist for GREEN ARROW. He gave us a few teases about the series:
THE SOURCE: What about DC’s new 52 titles excites you the most?
DAN JURGENS: The clean slate. Let’s face it– over time, mistakes are made. Some of these characters pick up a little rust or other factors that weigh them down. This is a chance to scrub things clean, scrape away the stuff that needs to go and get back to the best aspects of the concepts.
How and why are you shaking up the series’ status quo?
In GREEN ARROW, we’re getting back to the basics of what makes Oliver Queen work. He’s accumulated a lot of baggage over the years and it’s time for some of that to go.
In JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, we’re really dealing with an entirely new DC Universe. For Booster, Guy Gardner, Rocket Red and the rest this is a new adventure …
What new characters will debut in the series?
GREEN ARROW will see sort of a “Team Arrow” approach. Given the nature of where we are in terms of communications and technology, it’s reasonable to assume that Oliver no longer operates alone.
In JLI, we’ll start with new villains and eventually get to a new member or two. This can’t simply be about recasting from the old molds. We have to build new stuff here as well.
Will we see new character designs?
Green Arrow will absolutely have a new look, though he’ll still be wearing green– naturally!
In JLI, several of the characters have cool, new looks!
What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had working on this character/book?
For GREEN ARROW, the hardest thing is getting back to the simple idea of drawing someone shooting a bow and arrow. It’s not as easy as it looks, especially if you want to make it dynamic and cool!
For JLI, the biggest surprise has been trying to keep the membership ranks on track. It’s been a wild ride with lots of changes!
What secret has been the hardest to keep?
The effort as a whole. It was so exciting and energizing to be involved with, yet you really couldn’t talk about it. Once it became public, I think we all got to breathe a sigh of relief and finally enjoy the fun of talking about what we’re doing.
What’s the unofficial tagline for this series, in your own words?
For GREEN ARROW: “Hit the bullseye!“ It can mean a lot, when you get down to it.
For JLI: “Big”. We keep talking about big stories, big concepts and big ideas.
What were your thoughts about the day-and-date digital announcement?
Day-and-date digital really seems to be the case of an idea whose time has come. The way we all access and enjoy media is clearly changing and changing fast. We have to embrace that, while also retaining the print version for those who prefer that.
Skitch Commentary: Kind of odd to see Jurgens writing JLI and drawing Green Arrow at the same time, but as a huge fan of both his writing and art, I am very glad to see him as such a big part of DC Comics Relaunch.
I also think this: “The clean slate. Let’s face it– over time, mistakes are made. Some of these characters pick up a little rust or other factors that weigh them down. This is a chance to scrub things clean, scrape away the stuff that needs to go and get back to the best aspects of the concepts”. is the most honest thing anyone has said about DC Comics Relaunch.
I am very curious why JLI seems to be getting a complete reboot. Also, I am glad that Team Arrow will still be around in some capacity.