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In May of this year, DC Comics launched Rebirth; a rebranding of a lot of their titles, characters, release structure and even price! Rebirth has seen some of the characters reinvented, the return of some old heroes and villains, and we even said goodbye to some.

One of the next changes will be the line-up of the Justice League of America — which will induct some fan-favorites from The CW's Arrowverse.

Image: DC Comics
Image: DC Comics

There have been many different characters coming in and out of the JLA since its introduction, and in January 2017, four more will be added to that list!

The Atom, Killer Frost, The Ray and Vixen will be joining the ranks. Each character will get their own individual one-shot comic before the team comes together for the first issue of JLA in February. These individual issues will explore the lives of each character and what brings them to the point of joining the infamous team.

In January 2017, kicking off JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (hitting shelves twice monthly starting February 2017) are four DC Rebirth one-shots. They make four bold statements that form the foundation of a team that will bring justice to places that have given up on hope; places that thought heroism would never find them. The Justice League of America goes there! They explore the Microverse, the Hidden Cities, the worlds within worlds; they go to the other side of the map and explode forward with the new face of Heroism.

But just who are the four newest additions? Read on to find out more.


While most people might be more familiar with Ray Palmer from the Arrowverse's Legends of Tomorrow, this version of The Atom is actually Ryan Choi.

Image: DC Comics/The WB
Image: DC Comics/The WB

Created by Gail Simone and Grant Morrison and making his first appearance in 2006's DCU: Brave New World, Ryan Choi is actually the fourth person to take on the identity of The Atom.

After Ray Palmer disappears, his protégé takes his place at Ivy University as a staff member, where he finds the size altering belt that his mentor used and officially becomes the new Atom.

Meet Ryan Choi, prodigious theoretical physics student, hyper-allergic, and crippling social anxiety sufferer. But little does young Ryan know, his first day at Ivy University will begin an epic journey that will take the all-new Atom into the very heart of the DC Universe.


You may have seen her as Mari McCabe in the Justice League Unlimited animated series or in her own animated series, Vixen, on CW Seed. We will soon see Amaya Jiwe (Mari's grandmother) take on the Vixen mantle in the Arrowverse when she joins the Legends of Tomorrow in Season Two!

Image: DC Comics/The WB
Image: DC Comics/The WB

Way back in 1981, Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner created the character of Mari Jiwe McCabe a.k.a Vixen, who first appeared in Action Comics #521.

A totem, which would give the wearer all the powers of the animal kingdom, was created for the warrior Tantu, who became Africa's first hero as he used to totem to protect the innocent. After being passed down through a line of descendants, the totem finally reached the hands of the McCabes.

She’s one of the country’s most successful businesswomen, an iconic fashion pioneer, a crusader for social justice, and an incredibly powerful member of the Justice League of America. But Mari McCabe life wasn’t always this way. Follow her path to becoming the heroic Vixen in this crucial special!


The Ray made his only appearance on TV in multiple episodes of Justice League Unlimited, although he never actually had any lines - but will be the focus of his own upcoming animated series on CW Seed, Freedom Fighters: The Ray.

Image: DC Comics/The CW
Image: DC Comics/The CW

Raymond C. Terrill was created in 1992, first appearing in The Ray #1, and was created by Jack C. Harris and Joe Quesada.

Told by his father that exposure to direct sunlight would kill him, Raymond Terrill was hidden away in his dark home. It wasn't until his father was on his deathbed that Ray was told that the sunlight would in actual fact activate his own dormant powers.

Locked indoors, raised in the dark, and told his medical condition could be fatal to himself and anyone he meets, Ray Terrill is dangerous. A freak. Broken. Or is he…? Witness the amazing power of realizing your true self and stepping into the light in this moving DC Rebirth of a long lost hero for a new generation.


Probably best known for her appearance in Season Two of The Flash, Killer Frost has also made appearances in multiple DC animated TV series and movies.

Image: DC Comics/The WB
Image: DC Comics/The WB

Since first making her appearance back in 1978, Killer Frost has been the evil alter-ego of three women: Crystal Frost, Louise Lincoln and Caitlin Snow.

Killer Frost has the ability to absorb heat and then turn them into waves of cold. With these powers she can create objects made of ice, can freeze things via physical contact and create and ice-skin across her entire body.

See Killer Frost in action The CW Arrowverse below:

For these reasons, it's no surprise that all three Killer Frosts are the arch enemies of Firestorm!

What happens to a supervillain on their last day in Belle Reve Prison? Against all odds, Killer Frost is up for parole from the Suicide Squad, but you can bet Amanda Waller isn’t going to make it easy for Frost to take her place on the new JLA.

The Atom one-shot will be released January 4, Vixen on January 11, both The Ray and Killer Frost on January 18 and then Justice League of America in February.

This will be very interesting to see how these four characters come to join the team, especially Killer Frost. A villain, one who is being paroled, joining one of the most well-known superhero team... sounds like something we would expect to see in a Suicide Squad comic!


What do you think of the new JLA line-up?



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