“Young Justice: Invasion” Blu-ray Release From Warner Archive Now Available

The Young Justice: Invasion Blu-ray release is available starting today from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Warner Archive Collection specialty label. The two-disc set includes all 20 episodes from the second season of the popular fan-beloved animated series, along with two commentaries and a featurette. Young Justice: Invasion, featuring the adventures of the Justice League’s young covert team, can be found at wbshop.com to purchase for $24.95SRP. Please note the release will go wide to all online retailers starting December 2nd, 2014.

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Young Justice: Invasion

Synopsis: A lot can change in five years, as our super heroes are about to find out. And there’s some new residents to be found at Mount Justice: new team leader Nightwing, Wondergirl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Beast Boy. Young Justice will need all the help it can get as an alien presence has infiltrated Earth, while certain members of the Justice League are forced to stand trial at the criminal hearing off-world. Watch as The Reach, spearheaded by the quick-talking Ambassador and backed by the muscle of Black Beetle, manipulates a trusting public while maintaining its shadowy maneuvering with The Light. So report in for an epic 20-Episode adventure, as the risks have never been greater and the conflicts never so far-reaching. The epic finale will shatter everything you know!

Special Features: Commentary Track on series finale episodes “Summit” and “Endgame” with creators Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti along with vocal cast Jason Spisak (Kid Flash) and Stephanie Lemelin (Artemis), and a “Behind the Scenes” featurette.

Running Time: 440 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16 X 9 LETTERBOX ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO – 1.78:1
Format: Blu-ray
Audio Format: DTS HD-Master Audio 1.0
Box Type: Amaray Case

The Young Justice: Invasion Blu-ray release is available today from the Warner Archive Collection, retailing at wbshop.com for $24.95SRP. Details on how to order can be found at the official Warner Archive website. Please note the release will go wide to all online retailers starting December 2nd, 2014.

In Young Justice, teenage heroes Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis are tasked by the Justice League to act as their covert operations team. Armed with superior skills, weaponry and powers, the team must do battle against a wide array of villains from the DC Universe while trying to prove to themselves, and to their superhero mentors, that they too have what it takes to be a hero. The series, which ran for two seasons from 2010-2013, amassed a diverse, loyal fan-following. Check out the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite for more information on this fan-favorite series.

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Weisman Discusses “Young Justice: Invasion” Blu-ray, “Rain of the Ghosts” Book Series

The World’s Finest caught up with Young Justice executive producer Greg Weisman to briefly chat about the Warner Archive release of Young Justice: Invasion, a two-disc Blu-ray title collecting the final twenty episodes of the acclaimed animated series. Weisman answered a few quick questions about his involvement in the bonus material slated for the Young Justice: Invasion Blu-ray release, and also talked about his acclaimed book series Rain of the Ghosts. Young Justice: Invasion, now available for pre-order, will be available starting Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 for $24.95US from the Warner Archive. Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel are both currently available for purchase from retail and online outlets.

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The World’s Finest: Young Justice: Invasion is the first Young Justice home video release to feature proper behind-the-scenes bonus content. Is there any prep work that goes into bonus features (the commentaries and featurette) on your part?

Greg Weisman: Maybe there should be… but no. [Producer] Brandon Vietti and I have pretty decent memories for this kind of thing, and it’s just so much fun to watch the episodes again together and spend some time with great people like [actors] Jason Spisak and Stephanie Lemelin. So we just show up and run with it.

WF: Do you pull out notes and information to prepare yourself for both the commentary and the interviews?

GW: Not so much. We all have more stories than we could fit into the run time of any commentary. We’re not worried about running low and needing crib sheets.

WF: Is it exciting to get to share some of the experience in making this show, and relive it with colleagues?

GW: Very. We had such a blast making Young Justice, and so loved the folks we were working with, that getting to revisit the series in any way is a total joy.

WF: All 46 episodes are now out on Blu-ray. Does it feel like this kind of closes a chapter for you, that Young Justice is put to bed for the moment?

GW: Not at all. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic that the show is available in full now in a format that does it justice (no pun intended), but I think that Brandon and I would both jump at any chance to work with these characters and in this universe again.

WF: Did recording extras for the second set somewhat aid in that – getting a chance to put your final words on the property…for now?

GW: The key words there would be “for now,” because I’m not a big believer in final words. Never the end…

WF: Outside of your animated work, you’ve been keeping pretty busy with your Rain of the Ghosts book series, with the second installment released earlier this year. With the holiday season upon is, can you tell us why these make some solid gifts ….and particularly who for?

GW: Well, I’m biased, of course, as I’m very proud of these two books, but I think both Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam would make fantastic gifts. These books deal with some of the same themes and concerns that series like Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, W.I.T.C.H. and Young Justice have dealt with. So if you or your friends or family like any of those shows, I really think they’d like these two books. In addition, they are – technically – YA novels, so if you have kids, teens, etc., (girls or boys) who love a great yarn with interesting and diverse characters, then the Rain books could be just the thing. Finally, any student of mythology should find interest in how I’m taking the myths of the pre-Colombian Taíno people and bringing them forward into a modern fantasy/horror/action context.

WF: The Rain of the Ghosts book have a pretty wide appeal to them, even outside of the marketed pre-teen/tween group. For those who haven’t tried the books because they think they’re “just” for the younger set, what do you say to them?

GW: Again, I always write primarily for myself. It’s the only way I can prove out my passion for a given project. So if you’ve enjoyed my previous work on television or in comics, odds are you and I share a common sensibility. And if so, then you’re sure to enjoy Rain. The characterization, the plotting, the mythology, the backstory, the environment should all work for a younger audience, but I don’t believe in writing down to kids. So there’s plenty of meat on these bones for an older reader to sink her or his teeth into.

WF: Do you have any further comments on the new Young Justice: Invasion Blu-ray release, and anything to add about Rain? The Blu-ray and the book sure would make a solid one-two punch for solid entertainment. Why are both worth checking out?

GW: We’re very proud of Young Justice‘s second season. We told a powerful story, introduced a bunch of new fan favorite characters and took a big step toward adulthood for our Season One cast. Plus each episode is simply jam-packed with content and can easily hold up over repeat viewings. And, of course, I feel the same way about Rain, and am really hoping that more of my Young Justice fans check it out!

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Young Justice: Invasion arrives on Blu-ray from Warner Archive Collection, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment specialty label, and will be available starting November 18th, 2014 for $24.95US from the label. Please note the release then goes wide to all major online outlets starting December 2nd, 2014. The collection is currently up for pre-order through most online retails outlets.

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“Young Justice: Invasion” Blu-Ray Announced, Includes Commentary And Featurette

Warner Archive Collection, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment specialty label, has announced the Young Justice: Invasion Blu-ray is now available for pre-order. The 2-disc collection, featuring the final 20 second season episodes from the acclaimed animated series from Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation, inspired by the DC Comics characters, will be available starting November 18th, 2014 for $24.95US. In addition to the entire second season of Young Justice, the Blu-ray title will also include two commentary tracks and a featurette. Young Justice: Invasion will be available through most online retail outlets.

Initial details and cover art can be found below.

WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION OPENS PRE-ORDERS FOR
YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION VIA WBSHOP.COM
Thrilling Second Season of Popular Animated Series Comes to Blu-Ray
on 11-18-14 with Exclusive All-New Commentary on Final Two Episodes

Warner Archive Collection brings another outstanding Warner Bros. Animation television series to Blu-ray with the November 18 release of Young Justice: Invasion, the thrilling second season of the popular series. Pre-orders are now available via wbshop.com.

Taking this release to another level, Warner Archive Collection has added an exclusive commentary track on the series finale episodes “Summit” and “Endgame” featuring creators Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti along with voice actors Jason Spisak (Kid Flash) and Stephanie Lemelin (Artemis). The package also includes a Behind the Scenes featurette.

Young Justice: Invasion finds our heroes five years into the future – and a lot can change in five years, as our super heroes are about to find out. First, there’s some new residents to be found at Mount Justice: new team leader Nightwing, Wondergirl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Beast Boy. And Young Justice will need all the help it can get as an alien presence has infiltrated Earth, while certain members of the Justice League are forced to stand trial at the criminal hearing off-world. Watch as The Reach, spearheaded by the quick-talking Ambassador and backed by the muscle of Black Beetle, manipulates a trusting public while maintaining its shadowy maneuvering with The Light. This is a grand 20-episode adventure as the risks have never been greater and the conflicts never so far-reaching – and the epic finale will shatter everything you know!

Warner Archive Collection (WAC) and Warner Archive Instant (WAI) continue to serve as hosts to some of the most treasured animated productions of the past half-century. The most seasoned animation fan can find plenty of WAC and WAI offerings to their liking, running the gamut from Blu-ray releases of recent super hero favorites like “Young Justice,” “Beware the Batman” and “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” to classic 1950s and 1960s cartoons like Hanna-Barbera’s “Loopy Da Loop” and the landmark anime series “Marine Boy,” to the playful silliness of the 1980s with “Shirt Tales” and “Gilligan’s Planet.” All of these titles can be found at wbshop.com.

Young Justice: Invasion arrives on Blu-ray from Warner Archive Collection, and will be available starting November 18th, 2014 for $24.95US. The collection is currently up for pre-order through most online retails outlets. Stay tuned for additional details, including press details and additional artwork and imagery.

In Young Justice, teenage heroes Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis are tasked by the Justice League to act as their covert operations team. Armed with superior skills, weaponry and powers, the team must do battle against a wide array of villains from the DC Universe while trying to prove to themselves, and to their superhero mentors, that they too have what it takes to be a hero. The series, which ran for two seasons from 2010-2013, amassed a diverse, loyal fan-following. Further details on the series can be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

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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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