In the six issue series Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Maxwell Lord uses the “Heart of Darkness” to take over key members of the Justice League. Batman had to rally the Suicide Squad along with Lobo to get things back in control.
Seeing how difficult it would be to contain the god-like members of the Justice League, Batman decides to develop his own team of mostly mortal members. He recruits Killer Frost, Black Canary, Lobo, The Ray, The Atom’s assistant (Ray Choi), and Vixen to be part of his Justice League of America.
The use of some of DC Comics lesser characters is a good move. They have a full stable of characters that could use some good “fleshing out”. Another good move on DC’s part is bringing back the original Lobo. The New 52 Lobo was lackluster and really turned off a lot of long time Lobo fans.
This first issue was more of a team building one. Batman had to convince all the characters to become part of a team rather than continue to fight crime individually. As we all know, Batman can be very persuasive.
Hopefully there will be a few issues devoted to acquainting us to the characters. It would be a mistake in the long run to just toss them into action packed battles without getting the reader to fully invest in the characters. Whether you like the characters or hate them, the story is better when you at least have some feeling towards them.