A preview for Justice League Incarnate #1, DC's new Multiversal Justice League, shows that the opening story arc of the new series, including the introduction of the new character, Doctor Multiverse, will involve the Retaliators of Earth 8, who are the DC equivalent of Marvel's Avengers.
Dennis Culver, who is co-writing the new series with Joshua Williamson, shared some preview pages (drawn by Brandon Peterson and Hi-Fi colors, with letters by Tom Napolitano) of the first issue, as well as its title: "THE WORLDS OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW." The title is a pun based on Stan Lee's description of the Marvel Universe as "the world outside your window," bringing a Multiverse spin to it.
The Retaliators and Earth 8 itself, debuted in the first issue of Grant Morrison and Ivan Reis' Multiversity back in 2014. The team is led by the American Crusader (a Captain America analogue) and its notable members include Behemoth (Hulk), Deadeye (Hawkeye), Red Dragon (Black Widow), Wundajin (Thor) and Machinehead (Iron Man). They are, themselves, updated versions of a previous alternate version of the Avengers that debuted in a 1970 issue of the Justice League of America, where the Avengers stand-ins were called the Champions of Angor.
The issue reveals the Retaliators have history with Doctor Multiverse, the mysterious new character who makes her debut in this first issue of Justice League Incarnate and the American Crusader is not a fan of the good Doctor.
It is reasonable that Crusader might be wary, especially as Doctor Multiverse arrives on Earth 8 carrying the head of Crusader's teammate, Machinehead. Machinehead is believed to have fallen victim to some sort of fluctuation in the Multiverse. When Crusader told Doctor Multiverse to get lost, she explained that something like this would draw people looking for the power involved. Sure enough, the Retaliators' old foe, Tartarus (a Thanos riff) has shown up to try to take advantage of the power.
The Retaliators are forced to assemble, using their famous battle cry, "Retaliators Rampage!" How much more the Retaliators will be involved in the story of Justice League Incarnate #1 will only be revealed when the issue is released next week on Nov. 30.
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