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I quickly realized I was unconsciously trying to do something sly: telling a poignant story about a strained parent/child relationship but disguising it as my favorite sort of insane, anything-goes Eurocentric sci-fi. The two halves of that equation are quite neatly balanced within the idea that kicked it all off, which - I’m proud to say - bridges theme, character and setting. But, alas, I can’t say much about it, because it really is a doozy of a twist. -- Si Spurrier

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What happens, a lot of times, is that companies become very protective of intellectual property. DC in particular, they’re so used to everybody liking their characters and the characters being likable, so there’s a likeable question. If Deathstroke is running around, like... Deathstroke guest stars in a couple issues of Justice League, and he’s giving Cyborg a hard way to go, and he’s kind of a little rough with the language. So they’re being a little overly sensitive to it. But I told them when I started with the character that as I saw him he needed to be blunt and he needed to take the gloves off and a character like this is not going to necessarily be politically correct or worried about hurting somebody’s feelings. -- Christopher J. Priest

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I’m sick of Batman, he’s everywhere! He’s leading the Justice League, Justice League of America, he’s got his own team in Detective Comics, he’s got eight million Robins. Enough with this guy. Enough with this guy! So, I never liked him in the Justice League at all, because Denny (O’Neill) didn’t like him in it, and Denny was my mentor. So, right from the beginning I thought that was wrong. I just said, well, if a guy is juggling this many plates, soon for later one of them is gonna hit the floor and crack. And that’s what this whole arc is about. That one plate hits the ground. -- Christopher J. Priest

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I see Kal-El as a kind of buffed out Tom Hanks: an identifiable Everyman with whom I identify a great deal. As a minister and a person of faith, I try, every day, to do good, to be helpful. We live in a cynical world where people are perhaps rightly suspicious of strangers trying to help them, and it is frustrating to constantly be treated with suspicion. There are days when I tire of it, where I become anxious about it, where I throw up my hands in anger. But, the next day, I just get up and start over again. That’s Superman. -- Christopher J. Priest

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I can write the Big Monster, the Alien Attack, or the Treacherous Supervillain, but I’m not doing that here because that would be me doing what everybody else does with Justice League and competing with those other voices. With virtually all other thematic exits blocked, here’s the fire staircase most readily available to me: deconstructive realism. -- Christopher J. Priest

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Any group of people, be it a sports team, a rock band, or your office co-workers, is a political group. Here’s the business you bring to the group, and here’s the business you keep private. Here’s what happens when your private business spills into the office place. Here’s the business that grows like bacteria because somebody misinterpreted somebody’s words or intentions. I’m a guy who could wish someone a happy birthday and offend them. Drama is about finding stress points within the political group and applying pressure. Welcome to JUSTICE LEAGUE. -- Christopher J. Priest

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I do attempt to kick the shins of the long-in-the-tooth franchise. Pete Woods’ and my Justice League is like no other Justice League book ever published. Now, I’m not bragging. What I mean is it is a very specific animal. I’m not saying it’s actually any good - that’s for the readers to decide. But I can say you’ve never read a JL like this. Which, for me at least, is terrifying.

I got amazing hate mail for my Marvel Knights Black Panther, which seems funny 20 years later where that run has found an audience and retailers can’t keep the early volumes in stock. But, at the time, my take on Panther was so different (“How dare you give Panther an iPhone?!?”), we were just openly reviled. This Justice League is not nearly as big a turn in the road as that, but it is a new and unique voice. If history repeats itself, I (specifically) will be reviled and the book will be a huge hit in about 20 years.
-- Christopher J. Priest

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JOKER: LAST LAUGH #1 had Dick Grayson take Barbara Gordon out so she wouldn't focus on the Joker (locked up in the Slab). Being a superhero story, Barbara will blame herself for the Joker escaping (with a gang of Jokerized super-criminals) since "She only looked away once."

Anyway, two pages of Dick and Babs have them discussing if what the Bat-family does counts as revenge.

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IGN Comics: Are there any plans for you to write Wonder Woman down the road?

Pfeifer: It'd be interesting. I might actually be doing an issue or two that sort of ties in with Amazons Attack. I'm not quite sure when they'll be scheduled, but there have been some talks. These series are so tightly tied that maybe I'll take a crack at it. I'm not sure how that affects Jodi's schedule. I'm certainly not replacing her on the book, but there's been some talk of maybe me doing an issue or two. That'd be fun. It's certainly a high profile book, and a DC book that has been appearing since the early forties. It's always fun to take on those iconic characters.

Writer: Will Pfeifer
Artist: Pete Woods
Colorist: Brent Anderson

7 1/3 pages out of 22

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"That’s what it’s all about. Basically they’re both good guys, the New Gods are looking at the Universe from the top down, and the Green Lanterns are looking from the bottom up as the cop on the beat. Who’s right and who’s wrong? They both think they’re right from their own perspective." - Robert Venditti

Story By: Van Jensen, Justin Jordan, Robert Venditti, Charles Soule, and Cullen Bunn
Script By: Van Jensen and Justin Jordan
Art By: Ethan Van Sciver, Martin Coccolo, Gordan Sudzuka, Chris Cross, and Pete Woods
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo

13 out of 39 pages

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