It’s been rumored and hinted at, and now it’s official: Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez are the new pencilers for Scott Snyder’s upcoming Justice League run.
Cheung has been making a name for himself over at Marvel recently, so seeing him sign on to a flagship DC title is a welcome surprise, and Jimenez is one of the best pencilers in the business right now, so having a team of this pedigree is a serious boon. Head on over to the Newsarama exclusive for some words from Cheung, Jimenez, and Snyder, as well as a great look at Jimenez’s cover.
Note too that, if the attached image is any indication, the roster for the title will line up almost perfectly with the original Justice League cartoon: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern John Stewart, and Hawkgirl. Aside from having Barry instead of Wally in the role of the Flash, this is pretty much spot-on with the beloved cartoon. Aquaman is notably absent, though I’m guessing he’ll still be part of the team in some capacity. We’ll see soon enough, though.
Justice League #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on June 6 and ship bi-weekly.
UPDATE: And in timely fashion, here’s the full press release from DC Comics.
ARTISTS JIM CHEUNG AND JORGE JIMÉNEZ DEBUT NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE IN JUNE
Comics Legends Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung and Rising Star Jorge Jiménez Launch the Justice League into a Cosmos-Shaking Mystery!
BURBANK, Calif. (March 19, 2018) – DC Entertainment continues to attract dynamic, top-name talent, announcing today that artists Jim Cheung (Marvel’s Young Avengers) and Jorge Jiménez (SUPERMAN, SUPER SONS) will join acclaimed writer Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL) in launching DC’s flagship JUSTICE LEAGUE comic book in June.
On sale June 6, JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 follows the events of DC NATION #0 (on sale May 2) and JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE (on sale weekly from May 9 through 30). The Justice League is launched into a mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…
“I am extremely honored, and happy, to be able to launch JUSTICE LEAGUE with Scott and Jorge,” says Cheung about headlining the new series. “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.”
Shipping biweekly, in JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 on June 20 by Snyder and Jiménez, the League is faced with an impossible decision…and now they must face the consequences! While Martian Manhunter and Batman attempt to recruit an old ally back into the fold, The Flash and Hawkgirl are blindsided by new challenges that could rewrite their mythologies!
“Working on JUSTICE LEAGUE is probably the most exciting opportunity I’ve ever had in my career,” says Jiménez. “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!”
“Justice League has been the golden ring for me since I came to DC,” says Snyder. “The story I have planned is something I’ve been building towards through DARK NIGHTS: METAL and I can’t wait to tell it in the biggest way possible. And to have mega star Jim Cheung as one partner, and rising superstar Jorge Jimenez as my other partner, I’m just thrilled to get to work!”
“One last thing for my friends, family and fans,” concludes Jiménez. “Quiero aprovechar para decir que el colorista Alejandro Sanchez es tan importante como el que más en este equipo LIGA DE LA JUSTICIA. ¡Tenemos entre manos a los mejores personajes del mundo del cómic! y prometo que daremos nuestro máximo esfuerzo para que luzcan lo más frescos, dinámicos y atractivos que podamos!”*
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 arrives in stores June 6, followed by JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 on June 20. Below is a first look at both Cheung and Jiménez’ covers for their issues. Fans can also expect variant covers by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. For the latest information on JUSTICE LEAGUE and all other DC news, check out the website at www.dccomics.com or the DC YouTube channel.
*Per Google Translate: I want to take the opportunity to say that the colorist Alejandro Sanchez is as important as the one in this team LEAGUE OF JUSTICE. We have the best characters in the comic book world! and I promise that we will give our best effort so that they look as fresh, dynamic and attractive as we can!