We’ve seen a few takes on comic book characters in different time periods, and today we get a look at the Justice League imagined as samurai characters.

The sum of a fair amount of work, and a very fun project. I recommend reading the individual deviations if you haven’t yet and are interested in the back-stories. I tried to include a lot of the themes and tropes of the jidaigeki heroes, while also staying true to the core elements of the various superfolk. There are lots of anachronisms in the designs and back-stories, but I’ll claim that most of that is true to the genre.

I know my translations aren’t always great, and I am not a certified expert on Japanese language or culture, I know enough of both to get myself into trouble. The romanization scheme is a mess, and I was totally inconsistant, haha. There are loads of hidden references in names and characters and what-not, some that I’m sure anyone could spot and others that will likely remain hopelessly obscure (because even I forgot what I was thinking).

The Team:

Fishman (Aquaman)
Chinese Mountain Monk (Martian Manhunter)
Lady Incredible ‘Lady Hero’ is a better translation… (Wonder Woman)
Steel Man (Superman)
Bat Demon Warrior (Batman)
Lightning Yuu (Flash)
Lantern Bearer (Green Lantern)

There is a ghost of a possibility that I might do a villain group deal, but only if there is a fair amount of interest. These, while fun, take a pretty long time to make!

via Deviant Art

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. September 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    I like these sort of re-imaginings that artists play with, and this is certainly one of my new favorites simply for the theme and overall look.

    Would be neat to see something like this with representatives of each of the Lantern groups, perhaps substituting aliens as either various creatures of myth or people from different parts of the world.

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