Month: December 2013

First Issue Of New “Teen Titans Go!” Series Now Available From DC Comics

The first issue of the new bi-monthly Teen Titans Go! comic title, from publisher DC Comics and DC Entertainment, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The new comic title is inspired by the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name. The bi-monthly comic book title features two 10-page stories per issue.

Each 10-page story is initially released monthly exclusively through digital outlets, including the DC Comics’ online store and Comixology, and then collected for print every two months. Details for the debut print issue of Teen Titans Go! can be found below.

TEEN TITANS GO! #1

Written by SHOLLY FISCH and MERRILL HAGAN
Art by BEN BATES and JORGE CORONA
Cover by DAN HIPP
On sale DECEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

Based on the hit new TV show, feast your eyes on this all-new, all-ages comic book series! Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hijinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren’t the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu…so dig in, Titans!

The cover price is $2.99US. Teen Titans Go #1 is now available through both comic book stores and digital outlets.

Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with regular re-airings weekend mornings at 10:30am (ET/PT) as part of the network’s DC Nation programming block. Teen Titans Go! follows the comedic adventures of the teenage superhero team as they deal with what happens between the major battles. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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New Image Released From Upcoming “Justice League: War” Animated Feature

Warner Home Video has released a new image from the upcoming direct-to-video Justice League: War animated feature. Wonder Woman is featured in the recently released content. Hitting shelves February 4th, 2014 courtesy of Warner Home Video, Justice League: War is an adaptation of the “Justice League: Origin” storyline recently published by DC Comics. Written by Geoff Johns with artwork by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, the storyline kicked off the comic publisher’s current ongoing “The New 52” comic-line initiative. Justice League: War features the formation of the Justice League and the team’s first battle with Darkseid. Click on the thumbnail below for a closer look at the image.

Main cast details for Justice League: War include Alan Tudyk as Superman, Christopher Gorham as The Flash, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman, Justin Kirk as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Astin as Shazam, George Newburn as Steve Trevor, and Steve Blum as Darkseid. Jay Oliva is directing Justice League: War, with Heath Corson adapting the original “Justice League: Origin” comic book storyline.

Additional details on Justice League: War are available here. Click on the thumbnail below to view the trailer in the MP4 720p Quicktime format, with additional formats available by clicking the links under the image.


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Justice League: War is set for release on February 4th, 2014 as part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Home Video, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Christopher Jones Discusses The “Young Justice – Volume Four: Invasion” Comic Collection

Last week saw the release of the new Young Justice – Volume Four: Invasion trade paperback collection, courtesy of DC Comics and DC Entertainment, to comic book stores and hobby shops everywhere. Now the collection is set to hit regular retail and book chain outlets starting tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. In this latest collection, the Team adds to its ranks in an effort to battle the impending invasion by The Collector of Worlds. Young Justice – Volume Four: Invasion collects the final six issues of the acclaimed tie-in comic series, issues #20 – 25, written by Greg Weisman with art provided by Jones. Jones took a few minutes to talk to The World’s Finest about this new collection and how Young Justice has managed to keep its fanbase strong.

WF: Young Justice – Volume Four: Invasion collects the final story arc for the Young Justice comic series. Care to tell us some of your favorite moments from the issues included in this trade – in terms of story and perhaps of your own work?

Christopher Jones: I’d really enjoyed all the stories we’d done in the Young Justice comic up to this point, but with the “Invasion” storyline it really felt like we’d ramped up to something bigger and more pivotal. I’d been the one to suggest Superboy meeting Clark Kent and having that give Superman a chance to get to know his clone/sibling without the pressure of Superboy’s expectations of him, so those sequences were fun to do. I really enjoyed getting to show Blue Beetle’s introduction to the team, and the beginnings of Miss Martian’s relationship with La’gann. I also had a great time with the Nightwing sequences that bookended this storyline (Dick Grayson you dawg!). And of course I was always excited by any opportunity to do new character designs and this storyline introduced several characters into the Young Justice universe who hadn’t already been designed for the show – most notably Kylstar, Deadshot and the Collector of Worlds (our version of Brainiac)!

WF: Young Justice tied very closely to the animated source material. What type of pros (and maybe cons?) came from having this comic so tightly affiliated with the cartoon?

CJ: I didn’t really see any downside, as I was such an admirer of the cartoon both in it’s conceptualization of the characters and their visual design. Phil Bourassa and his team did gorgeous designs that were a really comfortable fit for my own drawing style. And thanks to co-producer Greg Weisman writing the comic, not only the the storylines of the comic and the show tightly interwoven, but I always had easy access to all the visual reference I needed.

The only negative that came from the comic being based on the show was that because it was based on an animation property, DC Comics insisted that it be labeled as a kids book, which meant that it was segregated from the “mainstream” DC superhero titles in the solicitations and by most retailers, so I don’t think it ever got the amount of promotion and exposure it deserved.

WF: The Young Justice comic series definitely went out with a bang, thanks to this story. What would you have liked to have explored in future arcs if the comic continued?

CJ: We never got to do the Marvel Family storyline that Greg was planning, which would have told Captain Marvel’s origin and would have introduced Mary Marvel and Freddie Freeman as a version of Captain Marvel, Jr. It would have been fun to explore more of the 5-year gap, but at some point you have to stop obsessing over those gaps and turn your eyes to the future. The thing I’d have most liked to do was use the comic to tell the stories that went untold when Cartoon Network declined to greenlight a third season of episodes. That could still be done, and I’d love to see Young Justice return with “Season Three” stories as one of DC’s digital tier titles.

WF: You’re very active in the Young Justice fan community – interacting with fans, doing sketches, and so forth. What do you find to attractive and welcoming about the fan community? Why do you think it continues to be so strong?

CJ: Why would I not want to be involved with the amazing fan base Young Justice has out there? When I was drawing The Batman Strikes! there was nothing like the response I saw online to Young Justice. I don’t know how much of that is the difference in the fan base versus how much more developed social media is now, but Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter makes it so much easier for fans to share their passion for the show and it’s characters. I’ve had a great time interacting with Young Justice fans, and expect I’ll continue to do so online and at conventions for a long time to come!

WF: If fans want to see more of Young Justice, be it as digital comics and so forth, what would you encourage them to do?

CJ: I wish I had more faith in petitions and letter-writing campaigns, but the reality is that the powers-that-be are well aware that Young Justice has fans and don’t need to be convinced of that. What they need to be convinced of is that there is more money to be made by producing more of Young Justice in some form. That’s just the reality of the business. So the best way to lobby for more Young Justice is with your spending dollar.

Both seasons of Young Justice are available on DVD.

All 26 issues of the Young Justice companion comic have now been collected in four volumes.

The Young Justice: Legacy video game is available through several channels, and there is a Young Justice soundtrack CD.

Now, does this mean that you need to sell your possessions and go to loan sharks to raise money to buy Young Justice stuff? No. But you could do what I’m doing this year and giving Young Justice for Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Flying Spaghetti Monster Day) this year. It’s a double-win: You generate sales for the Young Justice property and grow the fandom!

Please support your local retailers. If they don’t have your Young Justice item in stock, ask if they can order it for you. If all else fails, you can always get the products from online retailers such as Amazon.com.

And writing to Cartoon Network or DC Comics to tell them you’d like to see more of Young Justice certainly can’t hurt, it just doesn’t carry as much weight as do Young Justice sales. And remember, when writing either company stay polite and positive! Focus on what you’d like to see them do, as attacking them for decisions you didn’t like just turns them off and doesn’t support your cause!

WF: To shift gears for a moment, can you give us a rundown on your upcoming projects? Let us know!

CJ: I just did a 2-part story for Batman ’66 featuring False Face. I’m a huge fan of the Adam West Batman series so that was a ton of fun! The digital version of those stories is already out, and the print version will be coming out in January. And now I’m hard at work on another mini-series that hasn’t been announced yet. It’s a science fiction property and hopefully would hold some appeal for fans of my Young Justice work, and I’ll have plenty more to say about it once I can talk about it publicly, so watch my social media for announcements!

WF:Last question – can you tell us why fans should rush out and pick up Young Justice – Volume Four: Invasion?

CJ: It was a great last hurrah for the comic book series, and great sales would be the best possible argument to convince DC Comics to produce more!

Check out the Christopher Jones Comic Art and Illustration Blog for more from Jones. Links to an assortment of his social media sites can also be found at his blog.

Young Justice – Volume Four: Invasion, currently available at hobby and comic book stores nationwide, will hit book store chains and larger retail outlets starting tomorrow, December 17th, 2013. Cover price for the comic book collection is $12.99US. Check out the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite for more details and content from the acclaimed animated series.

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Details For March 2014 Issue Of “Beware The Batman” Title From DC Comics

DC Comics has officially announced details for the March 2014 issue of Beware The Batman, the monthly comic title based on Cartoon Network animated series of the same name. Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld. The comic book will feature rotating artists and writers providing stories based on the continuity of the CG-animated cartoon, airing as part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block. Continue below for further details.

BEWARE THE BATMAN #6
Written by MATTHEW W. MANNING
Art and cover by LUCIANO VECCHIO
On sale MARCH 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

In a story told entirely from first-person perspective, Alfred Pennyworth searches for Batman, who’s in the midst of a fight for his life! Can Alfred get there in time?

Issue #6 of the monthly Beware The Batman series hits shelves March 26th, 2014 from DC Comics. Details on other issues of the Beware The Batman comic title can be found here.

Additional images and content can be found at the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite. Beware The Batman will make its Cartoon Network Canada debut on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 8:00pm (ET/PT).

Beware The Batman currently airs Fridays at 8:30pm (ET/PT) as part of the Superfan Friday programming block on Teletoon. Additionally, Beware The Batman is set to return to Cartoon Network in January 2014 with all-new episodes. Stay tuned for further updates Beware The Batman updates here soon at The World’s Finest, including exclusive content and more.

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Initial Cover Artwork, Synopsis For Special “Teen Titans Go! #1” Free Comic Book Day 2014 Title

The Free Comic Book Day Committee has announced some of the titles that will be available for Free Comic Book Day 2014 – being held Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, including what will be available from DC Comics. Among their slated releases, DC Comics is set to publish a special Teen Titans Go! #1 – Free Comic Book Day Special Edition one-shot featuring stories based on the hit comedy adventure series. This title is targeted at the all-ages demographic. DC Comics will also be releasing other titles for Free Comic Book Day 2014. A complete list of titles being made available specifically for Free Comic Book Day, from DC Comics and other publishers, can be found at the event’s official website. Cover art and the official description for Teen Titans Go! #1 – Free Comic Book Day Special Edition are available below.

TEEN TITANS GO! # 1 FCBD SPECIAL EDITION
Writers: Sholly Fisch & Merrill Hagan
Artists: Ben Bates & Jorge Corona
Cover: Daniel Hipp

This free issue is the perfect place to start reading the sensational series based on Warner Bros. Animation’s hit animated show featured on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation Saturday morning programming block. Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hijinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren’t the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu…so dig in, Titans! Includes two exciting, action-packed stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!

Teen Titans Go! #1 – Free Comic Book Day Special Edition will be available for free on Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. DC Comics will also be releasing other titles for Free Comic Book Day 2014. More details on Free Comic Book Day can be found at the official website for the annual event or at your local comic book/hobby store.

Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with regular re-airings weekend mornings at 10:30am (ET/PT) as part of the network’s DC Nation programming block. Teen Titans Go! follows the comedic adventures of the teenage superhero team as they deal with what happens between the major battles. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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