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Kyle Bastian

Subj: Re: Justice League United-related Coincidence
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 09:48:37 pm EST (Viewed 237 times)
Reply Subj: Justice League United-related Coincidence
Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:46:28 pm EST (Viewed 18 times)

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I'm still excited about the new Justice League United (aka Justice League of Canada). However, many of the members pretty much have counterparts with the Avengers. Here's the case in point:

Adam Strange=Hank Pym
Both are scientific geniuses that leave the swashbuckling to their wives.

Both are winged wonders.

Green Arrow=Hawkeye
Both are archers.

Animal Man=Beast or Tigra
Both have animal-like powers.

Martian Manhunter=Hulk
Both are green-skinned brawlers.

Stargirl=Captain America
Both wear stars on their uniforms and carry a weapon.

Supergirl=Ms. Marvel
Both are alien-endowed superwomen.

I didn't forget about the new First Nations girl, but I couldn't figure out her Avengers counterpart.

Also, someone wrote on Jeff Lemire's Twitter asking if the Atom (preferably Ray Palmer) is going to join Justice League United. Jeff replied with the poster to read Future's End for the answer to the Ray Palmer scenario. I, for one, would like to see the Atom join the JLU in the near future (possibly around June or July).

Now, on to the awkward part, we know Catwoman will be returning to her shady past, but what's going to happen to Katana, Vibe, and Simon Baz? My predictions:

Katana---she'll be in Green Arrow's Outsiders or back in the Birds of Prey (I'd like to see Black Canary join the JLU pretty soon as well).
Vibe---I'm not too sure where he will pop up or his fate. I never liked Vibe, especially the 80s one.
Simon Baz---I was hoping to see him in the JLU, but he could take Hal's place in the regular Justice League.

Most of those Justice Leaguers appeared well before their Marvel counterparts and indeed inspired those counterparts creation, so it's not DCs fault Marvel copied and/or Xeroxed most of their stock...!

Green Arrow - 1941
Hawkman - 1940
Supergirl - 1959
Martian Manhunter - 1955
Adam Strange - 1958
Animal MAN - 1965

But to be fair in return it isn't Marvels fault DC have remodelled their universe along the same lines as theirs, to the extent the Justice League under Geoff Johns shamelessly mimicked the Avengers format, with SHIELD becoming ARGUS etc.

As for Vibe and Baz, I tend to think Vibe will slip into obscurity along with OMAC, while Baz' fate is hard to guess. Does earth really need another earth lantern? If he isn't a part of the Justice League where does Simon Baz have a place in the DCU?
I would say the harsh truth is he doesn't. He was created to fill a function, thin though it was, and now that that function and the writer who sponsored him is all gone he has nowhere to go. There are already four earth Lanterns in the DCU, Baz is surplus to requirements, dead wood.