Jeff Lemire Gets Ready To Introduce EQUINOX To The JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
We’ve known for a while that Jeff Lemire would be introducing a new female superhero into the Justice League of America when they jump the border and become the Justice League of Canada for a five-issue arc. The only thing we knew about the new hero is that she is a teenage Cree from Moose Factory, Ontario. While she’s been shrouded in mystery, today the name of the hero and a few hints at her powers have been revealed.
CBC spoke to Lemire about the new character called Equinox, a 16-year old Cree teen named Miiyahbin, that has powers that “stem from the Earth and changes with the seasons.” Lemire says of injecting some diversity into the Justice League:
Creating a teenage female superhero was interesting to me because, generally, most superheroes are white males. We need diversity and we need different personalities. You need very distinct voices for personalities on the team or else you just start writing the same character in a different costume.
Lemire created the character after numerous research trips up north where he spoke with grade school children and other Moose Factory natives. Introducing a new character isn’t always a successful venture, and Lemire says that he’s well aware of the potential controversy about a “white guy from Toronto” trying to tell a native-inspired story, but the writer thinks it’s all worth it in the long run. At the very least, he says that his research trips and chats with grade school students was rewarding. He told expands on that thought, saying “If I end up going [north] a few times and teaching kids how to draw or about comics, and 10 years from now some kid from James Bay ends up writing or drawing [his or her] own comics, then none of that other stuff will matter because the project was worth it.“
Along with the news and little teaser about Equinox and her powers, some new art was revealed for Lemeire‘s newly relaunched Justice League series. You can check out our first look at Equinox in action below. What do you think about the new character? Are you ready for her debut next month?
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Source : CBC