Article by Steve J. Ray
DC Comics’ imprint for younger readers, Zoom, has produced some beautiful books recently, each one accompanied by its own trailer. Today the comics giant revealed the latest video, for their Dear Justice League graphic novel.
Check out the press release:
TRAILER REVEAL! GET A FIRST LOOK AT ‘DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE’ BY MICHAEL NORTHROP AND GUSTAVO DUARTE
New Middle Grade Original Graphic Novel from DC Zoom
Hits Stores Everywhere Books are Sold on August 6, 2019
Available to Pre-Order Now
DC revealed today a new book trailer and preview artwork for DC Zoom’s forthcoming middle grade graphic novel, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, by New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop (TombQuest) with art by Gustavo Duarte.
In DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, I wanted to explore who these DC Super Heroes are behind the masks and answer the kinds of questions kids would have for these larger than life figures,” explained Northrop. “On a personal note, comics helped me become a better reader, a better storyteller and helped me fit in as a kid. Writing about these same characters is a dream come true and feels like coming full circle to where things began for me as a reader. I hope kids enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it and I hope it helps young fans see that everyone is going through something. Even when it seems like someone is perfect or has it made, they’re probably trying to figure it out just like the rest of us.
The Justice League (or The Super Friends to my generation 🙂 ) are some of most iconic characters in the world. Characters I’ve been living around, reading and watching since I was a kid,” said Duarte. “When DC called me to work on this book, it was a great to joy work with these old friends, and on a book that will introduce these beloved characters to new kids – like I was when I first met them. Plus. I could draw my favorite Super Villain of all time. 🙂 To work with Michael on this book was so much fun! Writing for kids is not an easy task or an exact science, and Michael is the best there is. He gives us a script with humor, adventure and spice. A delightful story not only for the kids, but for the whole family.
An exclusive excerpt from the original graphic novel will be given away for free on Free Comic Book Day on May 4, 2019 at participating comic book shops across North America. The full book is slated to hit stores everywhere books are sold on August 6, 2019 and is available to pre-order now.
- Written by Michael Northrop
- Illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
- On sale everywhere books are sold on August 6, 2019
- MSRP: $9.99
The greatest heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids!–courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte.
Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.
Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!
About Michael Northrop:
Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of Scholastic’s news multi-platform series, TombQuest. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children’s books of the year by the New York Public Library and was selected for NPR’s Backseat Book Club. He is originally from Salisbury, Connecticut, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, where he mastered the arts of BB gun shooting, tree climbing, and field goal kicking with only moderate injuries. After graduating from NYU, he worked at Sports Illustrated Kids magazine for 12 years, the last five of those as a baseball editor.
About Gustavo Duarte:
Gustavo Duarte is a Brazilian cartoonist, graphic designer, ad comics creator and currently resides in São Paulo. For the last 20 years, Duarte’s cartoons and illustrations have been published in some of the most popular publications in Brazil. In 2009, Duarte began publishing his own comics like Monsters!, Co & Birds and others. In addition to his own works, Duarte has also written and illustrated comics for major publishers including DC (BIZARRO) and Marvel (Guardians of the Galaxy and Lockjaw), among others.
Free Comic Book Day is always an event, and having a portion of this lovely book as a free giveaway is a great incentive in and of itself. Add the incredible DC Year Of The Villain one-shot, and a trip to your comic-book store is highly recommended.
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment