You know what DC doesn’t really have? The Defenders. They don’t have a team of, as Graeme McMillan put it: “Some friends and the random folk who get sucked into their adventures.” I love the Defenders concept. I always have. But I also love the DCU, and with the whole New 52 thing going on I wondered what would be the right kick-off for a DC-Defenders team. And then it hit me. The Justice League Detroit.
For those that don’t know the old JL:Detriot, they were this odd Justice League team made up of Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and all new characters. It didn’t go over well with a lot of readers. Eventually they were pretty much all killed. The problem was – I totally dug the JL:Detriot concept (even if the book itself didn’t seem to always live up to it).
And I think we could redesign the four new heroes, and make the JL:Detriot into the DCU’s Defenders. To assist me in this grand undertaking I have recruited the always effervescent Robert Wilson IV. A great artist, he will bring life to my crazy ramblings here and be designing the new versions of the characters. Please note the character names (code names and real names) are not ours. We didn’t invent Paco Ramone. I swear.
So who are they? Well…