Since DC Comics had announced that it would be relaunching its entire universe in September, one of the biggest pain points for fans was that The Justice Society of America (JSA) was not included in any of the announcements about the new books. Now, however, DC has confirmed that JSA will be returning as part of the relaunch event. Sort of, anyway. See, while DC hasn’t officially announced all the details of the new book, the rumors coming out of this weekend’s FanExpo in Canada seem to indicate that JSA will be taking place on Earth-2, an alternate reality in the DC Universe.
As you can imagine, fans are reacting to this news with mixed emotions. Earth-2 (previously known as Earth-Two) is an alternate reality in the DC Universe that’s been featured in comics since the 1960s. It was created by DC Comics to try and make some sense of the fact that DC’s Golden and Silver Age characters (The Flash being an excellent example) can inhabit the same universe at the same time. Earth-2 takes place around the beginning of World War II, which is when DC’s first superheroes first appeared. As a result of DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, this reality (along with three others) were merged into one DC Universe. So this is why you had a team of Golden Age era heroes operating alongside the modern JLA. Now, it seems, DC is resetting all that and re-separating the various realities. If this paragraph has left you with your eyes crossed, it’s okay. It really is that confusing.
So think of it this way. Most of the new DC books will take place in the modern day. JSA will take place in an alternate reality that is set during World War II. On Earth-2, the whole “superhero” thing is just starting, with the Justice Society of America being the first bunch. By separating things like this, DC is actually simplifying itself. Might the JSA of Earth-2 and the rest of the DC Universe merge once again? Hey, it’s comics, so anything is possible. It’s a good bet, however, that with all of this change, DC won’t be injecting that kind of confusion into its universe (again) anytime soon. Then again, I’ve been wrong about these types of things before.
So what are your thoughts on the inclusion of the JSA as part of the DC Comics Relaunch? Let us know in the comments below.
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