I love that we live in a world where books get trailers now. DC Zoom has released a trailer for the upcoming middle grade graphic novel, Dear Justice League. It’s not coming out until August, but fans can get an early sneak peek on Free Comic Book Day as the publisher is releasing an exclusive excerpt.
Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte, Dear Justice League has the greatest heroes of the DC Universe answering fan mail from kids. It is just as adorable as it sounds. We’ll finally learn the answers to questions that have bothered some of us for ages. Does Superman ever make mistakes? What did Wonder Woman do for her eleventh birthday? Does Aquaman smell like fish?
Writer Michael Northrop says:
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. 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.
Gustavo Duarte is the perfect artist for a book like this. I’m a huge fan of his work from his book, Monsters! & Other Stories from Dark Horse Comics, so I can’t wait to see what he does with these characters.
Artist Gustavo Duarte adds:
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. 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.
This is a book that wouldn’t really have a fit in the greater DC Universe under normal circumstances, however it should very much exist. We often take our super heroes too seriously and here’s a chance to have fun with them. This looks like it’s very much an all ages title so I’m looking forward to reading this with my kids.
Dear Justice League is set for release on August 6th, 2019. It’s currently available for pre-order at your local comic shop, book store, and Amazon.