DC Comics has unveiled a trio of new heroes joining the world’s finest in Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis’s upcoming Justice League of America series: a series the company is hoping will be its most diverse roster of League members yet. UPDATE 2.15 PM EST: And now there’s a fourth member confirmed, Killer Frost!
Announced through a trio of reveals on Comics Alliance, Comic Book Resources, and Comic Vine, the Atom (the Ryan Choi version, specifically), Vixen, and the Ray will all be major heroes on the team when Justice League of America starts next February. UPDATE: The DC Comics Blog has now also confirmed that Killer Frost will be joining the team. Her one shot issue will come from Steve Orlando and Jody Houser, with art by Mirka Andolfo.
Each hero will get their own one-shot special issue in January leading into the debut of JLA the following month. Orlando will write all three (except for Justice League of America: Vixen, which will be co-written with Jody Houser), with Stephen Byrne, Jamal Campbell, and a currently unrevealed artist providing art for The Ray, Vixen, and The Atom, respectively.
All of them are perhaps best linked to their DC TV connections—the Ray Palmer Atom is on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, as is Vixen, and Ray Terrill is joining the animated side of the CW/DC universe in the near future—but as an Asian-American, an African-American, and a gay man, they’re a welcome addition to the League both in the DC comics universe and in ours.