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New “Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories” Paperback Collection Release Now Available

The new Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories trade paperback release from DC Comics, collecting The Batman Adventures: Mad Love and a host of other The Batman Adventures comic stories, arrives in comic book stores today. The original hardcover edition of this title was released in May 2009. Official details on this new collection, along with a seven-page preview, can be found below.

BATMAN: MAD LOVE AND OTHER STORIES

Written by: Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Glen Murakami
Art by: Bruce Timm, Mike Parobeck, Matt Wagner, Dan DeCarlo, Klaus Janson and Glen Murakami
Cover by: Bruce Timm

Tales by two of the creators behind the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series TV series are collected for the first time in hardcover! The centerpiece of this fantastic collection is the Eisner Award-winning The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, the surprisingly dark origin of Harley Quinn, co-starring The Joker and Poison Ivy as well as Batman. Also included are tales by Dini, Timm and others that feature the Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl and more, from The Batman Adventures Annual #1 – 2, and stories from the The Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1, Adventures in the DC Universe #3 and Batman: Black & White #1!

The cover price for the Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories trade paperback release is $17.99US.

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Large-Size Images Released From Upcoming “Batman: Year One” Animated Release

Four large-size images from Batman: Year One, the next installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line set for release on October 18th, 2011, have been made available from Warner Home Video. Please note that while the images are of large size, they are not in high-definition quality. Click on the thumbnail images before for a closer look at each image.

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Details on the home video release of Batman: Year One, including a rundown of Blu-ray extras, can be found here, along with the official trailer. Warner Home Video is expected to cross-promote the release of Batman: Year One with Batman: Arkham City, the latest entry in the Batman videogame franchise from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is also scheduled for an October 18th, 2011 release.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature debuts October 18th, 2011 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Artist Christopher Jones Takes Closer Look, After-Thoughts On “Young Justice” Issue #7

Young Justice comic series artist Christopher Jones provides The World’s Finest with a closer look at Young Justice issue #7, the latest issue of the monthly series published by DC Comics. Below, Jones breaks down the issue, providing his thoughts and taking a looking closer at certain aspects of the issue. Click on the thumbnails for a closer look at each image. Young Justice #7 is now available both in print and digitally.

I’ve been really anxious for people to see this one, because this is the issue where you really start to get a sense of how vital a role the comic is going to play in fleshing out these characters and this world. It’s really exiting stuff if you’re a fan of the show.

Page #2: The “27 / Bludhaven” route information on the bus was my contribution. Bludhaven was a way of further indicating that Artemis isn’t in the nicest part of town, although this might not literally be Bludhaven. That’s just part of this bus’s route. The 27 is a reference to Detective Comics #27. It’s a number that I drop into anything Batman/Gotham related a lot.

Page #4: Here’s where we hint that Artemis has a sister who is actually Wonder Woman. No, wait…

Page #6: It was interesting finding ways to conceal the face of Artemis’ father. The way his head goes off the top of the panel on this page is something you’d never ordinarily do, but here it works. Note Artemis’ bare feet in panel one. Her boots are on the floor by her bed on page 04!

Page #7: I really liked this page. On a book like this you want to keep the art fairly simple and clean so you don’t want to go crazy with shadows on faces, but here was a great opportunity to use lighting not only for mood, but to give animation design faces a greater sense of weight and form in close-up than they might otherwise have.

Page #10: We went back and fourth a couple of times getting these thugs to look right. The script called for them to look big and tough – I guess so they looked like formidable opponents for Artemis rather than strung out punks who you might expect to be knocking over a low-end liquor store. But apparently my first pass on their ski-masks made them look to super-villain-y. I revised their masks to be even more rumpled and ill-fitting, and that seemed to make everyone happy. The thug with the shotgun was drawn to have bare arms, but a watchband got interpreted as a sleeve cuff and he ended up wearing a long sleeve undershirt in the finished art.

Page #13: I always wanted to do a spoof of the TV show cops set in Gotham. It would have consisted of an evening of following Gotham patrolmen around encountering stuff that was way over their head, or finding criminals tied up and left for them as Batman or some other Gotham hero is fleetingly spotted like a Bigfoot sighting.

Pages #14/15: The script called for a montage without panel orders. The motif of the arrows to help break up the layout was my idea. “No panel borders” is challenging enough when it’s just figures, but when you have to show a hit of a location or a scene to give those figures context, that’s tricky without creating panel boards of some kind. For those who enjoyed this spread, keep your eye out for similar sequences coming in issue #09!

Page #17: The sequence of Artemis climbing the tree was scripted as multiple panels, and I thought having multiple figures over a continuous background image opened up the visuals and gave the page more flow.

Pages #18/19: I didn’t get to do many full-page shots let along double page spreads during my days on The Batman Strikes, so epic shots like this are a treat. The challenge here was finding an angle on the action that reflected what was seen in the “Schooled” episode of the TV show, but also placed the characters to work with the order in which they were mentioned in the scripted dialog. This is the kind of thing that takes a lot of care when planning the artwork for a comic and isn’t that apparently when looking at the finished product!

Pages #20: Here we go. Lots of MONQI droids. By the end of issue #08, I’ve drawn enough of these guys to last me for a looong time! But you’ll have to check that out in a month’s time!

The World’s Finest would like to thank Christopher Jones for his participation and taking the time to do this special breakdown!

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New “Young Justice,” “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” September 2011 Episode Details

As previously reported, new episodes of the acclaimed animated series Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Young Justice will resume September 2011 on Cartoon Network. Now, the network has provided specific episode details for both fan-favorite shows. Both Young Justice and Batman: The Brave and The Bold will debut three new episodes during the month, beginning September 16th, 2011. Schedule details for upcoming episodes are available below, with unaltered episode descriptions directly from Cartoon Network.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#56 Scorn of the Star Sapphire!”

Batman teams up with Green Lantern Hal Jordan to face the evil Star Sapphire!

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#58 Time Out for Vengeance!”

The JLI travel to the past to try and stop a force that wants to wipe out all the incarnations of Batman throughout time (Cave-Batman, Pirate-Batman).

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 6:00pm (ET) – “#59 Sword of the Atom!”

When the Atom goes missing, Batman needs the original Atom and Aquamans help to find him!

Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Batman: The Brave and The Bold airs Fridays at 6:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. An updated episode guide for the series can be found at The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite.

Cartoon Network has also released episode details for the September 2011 installments of the acclaimed Young Justice animated series. The episodes of Young Justice airing in September 2011 will be the first batch of new episodes since March 2011. The episode breakdowns are provided below.

Young Justice
Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 6:30pm (ET) – “#10 Targets”

Red Arrows battle to prevent the League of Shadows from inciting a war, pits him against the worlds most dangerous assassins and allies him with someone more dangerous still.

Young Justice
Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 6:30pm (ET) – “#11 Terrors”

Batman assigns Superboy and Miss Martian to go undercover inside Belle Reve Penitentiary, a federal prison designed to house the worlds worst super-villains…

Young Justice
Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 6:30pm (ET) – “#12 Home Front”

When The Cave itself is attacked, can Artemis and Robin the two teens without super-powers save the Team (or even themselves) from the unknown invaders?

Young Justice airs Fridays at 6:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Clips from the upcoming Young Justice episode “Targets” are available to view here.

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“Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” Feature Moves Over 450,000 Units On Home Video


The Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature has moved over 450,000 units since its debut in early June 2011. According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights direct-to-video animated feature has settled into a steady stream of low-end sales after its front loaded debut in June 2011. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title continues to outperform the sales of the previous Green Lantern-centric release Green Lantern: First Flight.

Blu-ray sales of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights continue to remain higher than DVD release with nearly 60% of sales coming from the Blu-ray release for the title, equalling an estimated 265,000 Blu-ray units moved as opposed to the roughly 185,000 DVD units moved in comparison. These numbers cover sales from Green Lantern: Emerald Knights debut week on sale, the week ending June 12th. 2011 to the week ending August 14th, 2011. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature. Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Blu-ray release and check out the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights micro-site. Click here to view the trailer for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

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In related home video news, Warner Home Video has released cover art for the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release for the live-action Green Lantern theatrical film. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look. Additional material below includes the trade ad and attached press release for Green Lantern.


BRING GREEN LANTERN HOME ON OCTOBER 14TH FROM WARNER HOME ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
EXTENDED CUT OF THE FILM FEATURES ON BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK AND BLU-RAY COMBO PACK

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight take the oath to serve and protect when Green Lantern flies onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 14th from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Starring Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) in the title role, DC Comics legendary super hero soars to the edges of space, where a war has been raging between those who rule with fear, and those who protect life: the Green Lantern Corps.

Featured on the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is an Extended Cut of the film featuring new scenes not seen in theatres.*

In addition, the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and the Blu-ray Combo Pack will offer Sony PS3 users an access code to unlock the Sinestro Corp Batman Skin for the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham City video game. The skin will give users the ability to fight crime with the help of the yellow power of fear, giving Batman a unique yellow costume in the story campaign and in the challenge maps.

Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), Green Lantern also stars Blake Lively (TVs Gossip Girl), Peter Sarsgaard (Knight and Day), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett (Whats Love Got to Do with It) and Academy Award winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River). Also featured are the voice talents of Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine) and Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile).

SYNOPSIS
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite, powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. Warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Reynolds).

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hals humanity is one weapon no member of the Corps has ever had, and if with willpower, determination and the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Lively) Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax… he will save the Earth and all of mankind from certain destruction.

Green Lantern will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, featuring a 3D hi-definition, a hi-definition, a standard definition and a digital copy of the theatrical film, for $43.99, Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and a digital copy of the theatrical film, for $39.99 and on single disc DVD for $31.98. The extended cut will be in hi-definition on the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack only.

On October 14th, Green Lantern extended cut can be purchased for permanent download and the theatrical film can be rented on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles.

BLU- RAY AND DVD DISC ELEMENTS

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack:
Theatrical Film (3D & 2D)
Extended Cut (2D only)
Maximum Movie Mode with Picture in Picture Pods
The Universe According to Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern
Justice League #1 Digital Comic
Additional Scenes
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series
BD-Live

Blu-ray Combo Pack:
Extended Cut*
Theatrical Film
Maximum Movie Mode with Picture in Picture Pods
The Universe According to Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern
Justice League #1 Digital Comic
Additional Scenes
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series
BD-Live

DVD:
Preview of the Justice League #1 Digital Comic
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series

*Extended Cut included only on 2D Blu-ray Disc

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

Green Lantern will be available digitally in High Definition (HD) VOD and Standard Definition (SD) VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles. The film is also available for download from online digital retailers including iTunes.

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Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Comic Series Now Available Both At Stores And Digitally

Young Justice #7, the latest issue of the new DC Comics title based on the current Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. This issue features the addition of Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps to the comic book’s creative team. Weisman is one of the producers for the Young Justice animated series, and Hopps is a regular fixture of the show’s creative team. Official details for this issue are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #7


Written by: Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps
Art by: Christopher Jones
Cover by: Christopher Jones

When night descends on Gotham City, Artemis takes to the streets. Prowling the rooftops and the alleyways for the first time, this teen archer has a choice to make: Will she fight on the side of the angels or follow a darker path?

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #7 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

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Classic “Batman: The Animated Series” Joining The Hub Schedule Beginning Fall 2011

The ground-breaking Batman: The Animated Series will be joining Batman Beyond on The Hub beginning Fall 2011. The acclaimed 1990s animated series is confirmed to join the network beginning Tuesday, September 6th, 2011, the start of the network’s new fall season. Batman: The Animated Series is scheduled to air Monday to Friday at 5:00pm (ET), 7:00pm (ET), and at 1:00am (ET) on The Hub.

Additionally, Batman Beyond will now air Monday to Friday at 4:00pm (ET) on The Hub, with weekend slots planned.

The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, along with a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub reaches approximately 60 million U.S. households.

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Initial Details, Crew For Upcoming New Episodes Of “Batman: The Brave And The Bold”

With the final four episodes of the acclaimed Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series airing in international markets, initial plot details and crew information has been made available and now confirmed. The final season of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, beginning with the episode “Scorn of the Star Sapphire,” begins at 6:00pm (ET) on September 16th, 2011 on Cartoon Network. Continue below for more specific details on the final four produced episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Powerless!”
Written by Greg Weisman & Todd Casey & Kevin Hopps and directed by Michael Goguen, the episode finds Batman teaming up with Captain Atom, who struggles to serve with Justice League International when he is drained of powers.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Mitefall!”
Written by Paul Dini and directed by Ben Jones, Bat-Mite finds himself growing tired of Batman: The Brave and The Bold and concocts a scheme to cancel it.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Crisis 22300 Miles Above the Earth!”
Written by Steven Melching and directed by Ben Jones, a plan to bring together the Justice Society of America and Justice League International falls apart when Ra’s Al Ghul attacks Batman.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold “Four Star Spectacular!”
Directed by Ben Jones, Batman guest-stars in four short stories featuring Adam Strange, Flash, ‘Mazing Man, and Creature Commandos.

The Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Four Star Spectacular” features no ‘written by’ credits since it went straight to storyboards without a script, though artists Ben Jones, Matt Youngberg, Stephen deStephano and Adam Van Wyk receive storyboard credits.

Additionally, actor Henry Winkler provides the voice for a special character appearing in the episode “Mitefall!” “Mitefall!,” though not the final episode produced, is considered the series final for Batman: The Brave and The Bold by the creative team behind the series.

Cartoon Network is currently slated to air the final four episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold during the show’s upcoming season, starting September 16th, 2011. There are currently no specific airdates for the above listed episodes, though stay tuned for further updates.

Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Batman: The Brave and The Bold airs Fridays at 6:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network.

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Artist Christopher Jones Discusses The “Young Justice” Comic Series, Upcoming Issues

As Christopher Jones settles into his gig of providing artwork for the ongoing Young Justice monthly series, published by DC Comics and based on the acclaimed animated series, Jones took a few moments of his time to let us in on his artistic style and his approach to working on a comic series. Exclusive artwork is included. Continue below for more.

The World’s Finest: To start things off, how long does it take for you to pencil an issue of Young Justice, or any comic you’re working on? Does the time differ between working in your own style and when having to adapt to a style?

Christopher Jones: The fastest I’ve drawn a 20 page comic book to date was 12 days. To meet a deadline on my second issue of Young Justice I had to draw 15 pages of it in five days. Those were not five fun days. And that’s not a pace I can keep up. It comes at the expense of all other commitments – social and otherwise – and at the expense of sleep. I can comfortably draw a book in 2-3 weeks depending on the style and the content. I did three weeks pretty regularly on The Batman Strikes.

I had tried to draw my most recent issue of Young Justice in two weeks to try to bring the book forward in it’s schedule, and wasn’t able to do it in under three. I blame the recent heat wave, which made my 2nd floor, sun-facing corner studio not the easiest to work in, and the fact that the issue had several pages of Artemis fighting MONQI droids in trees, which made for very detailed pages that weren’t quick to draw.

I don’t know that working in “my own style” or not makes much of a difference. If I’m being asked to draw in a simple, cartoony style that can make things quite a bit faster, actually. But not until I’ve learned the style enough that I’m not still working to learn it. Young Justice is actually a much more realistic art style than either my Justice League Adventures or The Batman Strikes work. Outside of slightly stylized faces, it’s pretty close to what would be a “natural” style for me.

WF: For Young Justice, and how integrated the comic is with the source cartoon material, do you privy to episode spoilers? Does knowing what is happening in the show help when getting a script and envisioning how to translate it to the page?

CJ: I’ve had a *few* spoilers about what’s coming up in the series because of reference material that’s been shared with me (Yes, that IS Wotan in Young Justice #6). I also got to have some conversations with Greg Weisman a few weeks ago, but those were more about what’s coming up in the comic than plans for the series.

I think the comic is a lot more integrated with the source material than is typical for this kind of tie-in book. And I think that’s all due to the involvement of Greg Weisman. From the start I think it was important to him that the comic be an integral part of things, and not that he and Kevin Hopps are scripting the comic, the tone matches the show pretty seamlessly. We’re introducing some characters in the comics before they show up on the TV show, and we’re getting revelations about the main characters before they they are revealed on the show. And as a big fan of the show, that’s all very exciting to me!

WF: Looking through back issues of The Batman Strikes, Justice League Adventures, Gargoyles: Bad Guys, and now Young Justice, no matter what style you’re asked to adapt to, all of your characters share the same general look (I guess, for lack of better term). They all look like they could exist in the same world, connected. Do you think this is because of the basic similarities to the character designs for all the shows (simplified but with enough details and changes to appear different) make it easy for you to just draw your own way, or that your style is tailored-made for these properties?

CJ: I think to any extent that’s true it’s evidence of what I’ve said all along – that more of the artist’s individual style comes through on a project like this than you’d think, even if the characters are “on model” for the source material. When I started working on The Batman Strikes (based on the animation designs of Jeff Matsuda and his team) after drawing a number of Justice League Adventures stories drawn in the “Bruce Timm” style, a lot of people asked me if it was hard to learn to draw like Jeff Matsuda. And while I knew what they meant (and yes, it took a while to figure out that style), I never drew that book like Jeff Matsuda would have if he’d been the artist on it. A lot of your drawing always shows up in the look of the characters in addition to the storytelling and composition sensibilities you bring to every page of comic art.

WF: As a semi-follow-up, your The Super Hero Squad Show artwork is a dead mimic of the cartoon, but completely different than what we usually see of your work. How was it to work on those designs? A challenge?

CJ: It was a challenge like it was to learn any other style. The biggest challenge with The Super Hero Squad Show was that I was often being asked to parody an existing classic comic book cover, and the proportions of the characters were so distorted it made it hard to keep the composition close to the original design.

WF: Do you follow a certain process when you jump on to work that requires you to adapt yourself to a set style? Is there homework involved, for lack of a better term, and research? Any type of preparation?

CJ: Usually you kind of have to hit the ground running. At first you’re pretty religiously referencing the model sheets you’re (hopefully) provided with. As time goes by it becomes second nature, which not only makes the whole process move faster, but the art becomes more fluid and a more organic blend of your own style and the source material. I feel like I’m a getting there on Young Justice, but given the nature of the stories I’ve drawn so far (I just finished my fourth issue – #8) I’m more fluent with some characters than others. At this point I know Artemis pretty well!

WF: Young Justice producer Greg Weisman and writer Kevin Hopps are joining you beginning with the next issue. How does their approach differ from Franco and Art Balazar?

CJ: Well every writer has their own style and sensibility. I know Greg worked very closely with Art and Franco and the series editor to make sure the early issues were in line with plans for the show. Given Greg and Kevin’s roles on the TV series itself, the comic now seems to feel like the show on the printed page.

WF: To wrap things up, care to give us a preview of what we can expect in the months ahead in the Young Justice comic series?

CJ: Well I think I’d have several people cross with me if I revealed too much. I can tell you that the next several stories are all two-parters. Issues 7 & 8 focus on Artemis and her back story. We even get to see her first encounter with the Young Justice team from her perspective. Had you wondered why she shot that arrow through the window during that fight with Amazo and then disappeared? Read the comic and you’ll find out!

The solicitation is out for #9, so it’s no secret that we’ve got a Captain Atom story coming up. You may know that some of Greg’s earliest work in comics was co-writing the Captain Atom series for DC Comics, so that character is near and dear to his heart. The Young Justice story is a murder mystery with espionage overtones and it involves a lot of the old Captain Atom supporting cast. It’s told for a Young Justice audience that’s new to these characters, but it should be a real treat for any long-time fans. And it’s very much a Young Justice story. The team is absolutely in the thick of it all. It’s great stuff.

After that is a two-parter I haven’t seen any scripts for yet, but I’m working on the cover for part one right now. All I can say is that it involves a villain I’ve badly wanted to draw since my The Batman Strikes days, and never got to. So I’m very excited.

The World’s Finest would like to thank Christopher Jones for his participation!

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Young Justice #7, featuring art by Christopher Jones and co-writers Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps at the helm, hits shelves on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011. More details on the issue are available here. Stay tuned for further coverage on Young Justice here at The World’s Finest.

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Initial Details, Package Art For New “Young Justice – Season One, Volume Two” DVD Title

Warner Home Video has released the cover art and initial details for Young Justice – Season One, Volume Two, the new DVD release collecting four more episodes of the acclaimed animated series. This is the second in a planned series of multiple releases collecting the new animated series from DC Comics, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation. Young Justice – Season One, Volume Two will hit DVD on October 25th, 2011 from Warner Home Video. Cover artwork and initial details can be found below.

Synopsis: Animated DC Universe cartoon series for a new generation starring Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. Combined these six teenage heroes are Young Justice the Justice Leagues secret weapon against the forces of evil. Based out of The Cave, the teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the League proper (with its incandescent star-power) to handle covertly. In addition, these kids are in constant training to take their place alongside the great heroes. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training, and Batman will hand out their assignments. And of course, Young Justice will push their missions, often turning a simple assignment from Batman into something much larger, often discovering that what theyve been tasked to do is just the tip of the iceberg.

Producer: Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman

Voice: Jesse Mccartney, Khary Payton, Jason Spisak, Nolan North, Danica Mckellar, Stephanie Lemelin, Bruce Greenwood

Episodes: Schooled, Infiltrator, Denial, Downtime

Announce Date: 8/17/11
Order Date: 9/20/11
Street Date: 10/25/11

Young Justice – Season One, Volume Two will hit DVD on October 25th, 2011 from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates on this release, including full press details and much more, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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