You might know writer Andrew Kreisberg best as one of the creators of The CW's Arrow... But come February, he's going to be taking on another DC Comics' hero when he launches 'Justice League of America's Vibe.' Spinning out of the events of a series you can probably guess the name of, the Detroit based hero takes center stage in this solo ongoing, with art by superstar Pete Woods.
Like we did earlier today with Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire, and Ann Nocenti, we've got some thoughts on his approach to the series from Kreisberg, as well as a look at the cover. Say, is that Vibe fighting Parademons, with Darkseid looming in the background? Interesting:
I owe Vibe one…
A few years ago, I wrote an episode of the animated series, “Justice League Unlimited”. It was the one with Booster Gold, a childhood favorite of mine. In the story, the Justice League takes on the Dark Lord, Mordru, with the fate of the world at stake while at the same time, Booster faces an out of control black hole with the fate of the Universe at stake. Booster manages to save the day, but per usual, no one knows what he did. They are too busy praising the league member who defeated Mordru, the lesser victory that day, even if no one else realizes but Skeets.
As I was writing the script, I knew it shouldn’t be Green Lantern or Wonder Woman who stopped Mordru. No fun in that. I needed someone that would drive Booster crazy. Booster should think, “I saved the Universe and they’re all cheering for that guy?!” I asked the producers who was the least-respected super hero in the DC Universe. They were both unequivocal and unanimous. It should be Vibe, the early 1980s hero who, if he was remembered at all, was the world’s first break-dancing super hero.
So when Geoff Johns approached me with the idea of rebooting Vibe for a modern audience, I saw it both as penance… and an amazing opportunity to do something fresh and exciting. Anyone and everyone will turn out to read a new Superman or Batman title. But to get people to not only buy a Vibe comic but have them think he was cool… that would be a victory on par with Vibe’s in my episode of JLU!
And so we began the process of reimaging Cisco “Paco” Ramone. Cisco is a normal Hispanic teenager in Detroit... he goes to school, has a job, is ignored by his parents and both loves and loathes his ne’er do well brother, Dante. Normal… except that after being caught in the event horizon of a boomtube when Darkseid invaded Earth 5 years ago, Cisco has acquired the ability to generate vibrational forces. When we meet him, he has no plans to be a superhero. But when his powers become known to A.R.G.U.S. and Amanda Waller, Cisco is recruited by AGENT DALE GUNN. Detroit is an inter-dimensional hot zone. Any number of beings and creatures are able to enter our dimension through the motor city. Cisco is the only one who can sense these incursions… and fight them. And so, to save our dimension from dark forces from beyond our Universe, Cisco becomes the super hero known as Vibe.
And did I mention he also joins the Justice League of America?
I promise no break dancing. I do promise this book will be fun and epic while also emotional and heartfelt. I promise Para-demons and Gypsy and a few big surprises.
And I promise to make Vibe cool. Then Vibe and I will be even. Who’s with me?
Justice League of America's Vibe #1 launches in February from DC Comics! Here's a look at the cover to issue one: