Cartoon Network has announced a whole bunch of new shows, including an animated sketch comedy show based on Mad magazine and a new superhero show, Young Justice. DC’s Source blog has a more details on both shows, including a poster of the Young Justice team lineup (follow the link to see the whole image), the names of each character and a few sentences about what the show will apparently be about.
DC Comics fans will note it’s a rather unexpected roster. In addition to the three shown above, who were the original line-up of the Young Justice team (well, the teen speedster in that was called Impulse, not Kid Flash, but close enough), the team will feature Miss Martian, a Teen Titan who was introduced in DC comics less than five years ago; a dark-skinned, blonde-haired Aqualad; and “Artemis,” who combines the name of a Wonder Woman supporting character with Arrowette’s basic costume design and Green Arrow’s favorite color.
The Young Justice comic was launched in 1998, spinniong out of the miniseries JLA: World Without Grown-Ups by writer Todd Dezago and pencil artists Humberto Ramos and Mike McKone and one-shot Young Justice: The Secret #1, also written by Dezago.
Peter David replaced Dezago as the writer of the monthly before it even bagan, and David wrote the book until it was canceled with issue #56 in 2003. Todd Nauck and Larry Stucker provided almost all of the art for the entire run.
The line-up grew to include Wonder Girl, Arrowette and new character The Secret almost immediately, later to be joined by a teenaged version of Lobo and new character Empress. Both the line-up and the creative team were remarkably stable, particularly compared to the teen team title that Young Justice was canceled to make room for—Teen Titans.
The book featured a lighthearted tone, mixing superheroics, melodrama and comedy in a way that was evocative of the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League comics. It should be interesting to see if the show will lead to new Young Justice comics, either in the form of out-of-continuity cartoon adaptations as usually accompanies cartoons based on DC comics, or a relaunched DCU title that more closely reflects the line-up of the show.