DC has announced a new Justice League Canada series by Jeff Lemire. I'd say that this was some sort of weird, awful joke making fun of our neighbors to the North, but this is every bit as real as Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. [UPDATE: CBR is reporting that the series will be a renamed Justice League of America, not a new series.]
The series, which to our knowledge is not some sort of paid advertisement for Tim Hortons, will focus on a new iteration of the Justice League based out of rural Ontario. "I do want to create a cool, rural Northern Ontario headquarters for Justice League Canada, and I don’t want to spoil it yet," writer Lemire told the Star, who broke the news. "And it’s not a hockey rink, I promise. Although, of course, it did cross my mind."
While details are light, the new team will feature Adam Strange (a Canadian in the New 52) and a new Canadian superhero, whom we can only presume will have claws and a murderous tendency towards children. The cast will also feature several members of the current Justice League America (I'm willing to bet Green Arrow, also written by Jeff Lemire, will be one.) The cast will also enjoy superior universal health care, two dollar coins, and the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Lemire twice promised the Star that this wasn't a joke, although he admits that he didn't think Dan Didio was serious when he came up with the idea. We're honestly not sure what to think about the whole thing either, although you can probably expect a Justice League Canada bingo card full of Canadian references by the book hits shelves in spring 2014.
While there's no cover yet, DC did release this teaser image showing off the skills of unpaid intern Vlad Kozinkerkov. "They tell me 'Vlad, go make flag Canadian,'" said Kozinkerkov. "So that is what I do. "I work now on covers to Justice League Russia, whose glorious hockey skills are far superior to puny Canadians."