2:00pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Justice League' Comic Book Relaunch Lures Marvel Artist
DC Entertainment’s Justice League relaunch is all about the big guns — and not just inside the comic book series. Best-selling writer Scott Snyder will be joined on the June launch by artists Jorge Jimenez and Jim Cheung, who comes to DC after he spent more than a decade at competitor Marvel.
Cheung will draw the first issue of the new series, which will debut June 6 with subsequent issues released twice a month.
“I am extremely honored, and happy, to be able to launch Justice League with Scott and Jorge,” Cheung said in a statement from DC. “It has been many years since I've had the pleasure of working at DC, but when Scott first mentioned this opportunity, I knew I couldn't say no. His energy and excitement has been infectious, and I can't wait to share what we have in store! I can't think of a more perfect book to return to DC on! These characters are ones that I grew up loving, and the prospect of being able to leave my mark on them, leaves me thrilled.”
Cheung's new position follows Brian Michael Bendis jumping ship from Marvel to DC last year, with fellow artist Olivier Coipel also having left Marvel for an ongoing role as variant cover artist for DC's Batman series in recent months. Cheung's artwork was recently used by Marvel to promote its upcoming own comic book relaunch, Fresh Start.
The new series, which spins out of both Snyder’s current Dark Nights: Metal series and the upcoming Justice League: No Justice weekly series running through May, sees the biggest lineup change to the group since 2011’s New 52 reboot of the DC Universe, with new members Green Lantern John Stewart, Hawkgirl and the Martian Manhunter signing up for a tour of duty. (In the process, this transforms the team into the same core membership as the Cartoon Network Justice League series of 2001-2004, with the addition of movie member Cyborg.)
Cheung will trade off issues with artistic partner on the series, Jimenez. The Spanish artist, whose work has appeared in issues of Superman and Super Sons in recent years, put out a statement saying, “Working on Justice League is probably the most exciting opportunity I've ever had in my career. I feel more than ever that this is my moment! I have in my hands a script written by the incredible Scott Snyder starring most important DC characters — Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman! Even better, I have the hyper-mega-talented Jim Cheung beside me! I can't ask for more!”