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OUT NOW – Young Justice #21: INVASION 2 of 6

Young Justice #21

Young Justice #21 – Cover by: Min K. Su

Young Justice #21,  the latest issue of the DC Comics title based on the current Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. Young Justice #21 continues its initial arc featuring the characters and setting from the Young Justice: Invasion second-season story-arc. Official details and preview pages are available below.

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YOUNG JUSTICE #21: INVASION 2 of 6
Written by Greg Weisman
Drawn by Christopher Jones
Color by Zac Atkinson
Cover by: Min K. Su

• Aliens have arrived on Earth-16!
• Superboy and five Justice Leaguers have been abducted!
• Metropolis is in danger!
• Enter: BRAINIAC!

The cover price is $2.99US. 
Be sure to pick the issue up at your local comics shop or in digital form!

Young Justice: Invasion, and the entire DC Nation programming block, is currently on hiatus until January 2013.

 

The COLLECTED Young Justice!

YOUNG JUSTICE: VOLUME ONE
Features issues #0-6.
Released on January 11, 2012 (Out of print, but a 2nd Printing Coming Soon!)
Cover Price: $12.99

YOUNG JUSTICE: VOLUME TWO – TRAINING DAY
Features issues #7-13.
Release Date: November 14th, 2012
Cover Price: $12.99

and coming in 2013:

YOUNG JUSTICE: VOLUME THREE – CREATURE FEATURES
Features issues #14-19!
Release Date:
February 13th, 2013
Cover Price: $12.99

Coming in January: Young Justice #24

Young Justice #24

Young Justice #24

YOUNG JUSTICE #24
Written by GREG WEISMAN
Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
Color by ZAC ATKINSON
On sale January 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

• Deadshot attempts assassination!
• Batgirl fights alone against Match!
• Kylstar decimates Superboy and the Justice League!
• Nightwing’s team fails against Brainiac!

Batgirl vs Match? How bizarre!
The Invasion continues!

Young Justice #20 is still on the stands, and #21 will be out TOMORROW! You can find Young Justice at your local comics shop or in digital form!

ALSO – The COLLECTED Young Justice!

YOUNG JUSTICE: VOLUME ONE
Features issues #0-6 of the all ages series.
Written by: Art Balazar and Franco, Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps
Art by: Mike Norton, Christopher Jones and Dan Davis
Cover by: Mike Norton
Released on January 11, 2012 (Out of print, but a 2nd Printing Coming Soon!)
Cover Price: $12.99

YOUNG JUSTICE: VOLUME TWO – TRAINING DAY
Features issues #7-13 of the all ages series.
Written by: Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps
Art by Christopher Jones and Dan Davis
Cover by: Christopher Jones
Release Date: November 14th, 2012
Cover Price: $12.99

and coming in 2013:

YOUNG JUSTICE: VOLUME THREE – CREATURE FEATURES
Written by: Kevin Hopps and Greg Weisman
Art by: Christopher Jones, and Luciano Vecchio
Cover by: Christopher Jones
Collects Young Justice #14-19!
Release Date:
February 13th, 2013
Cover Price: $12.99

OUT NOW: Young Justice #20 – The INVASION Begins!

Young Justice #20

Young Justice #20

YOUNG JUSTICE #20 is written by Greg Weisman and drawn by Christopher Jones with color by Zac Atkinson.

The latest issue of Young Justice jumps five years ahead to mirror the hit animated series Young Justice: Invasion, and aliens have invaded earth! Meanwhile, Devastation, an escaped felon and known operative of Queen Bee, is on the loose in Metropolis. But why is she here, and what does she want? And the Young Justice team is about to recruit a new member … but will he be a good match?

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Be sure to pick the issue up at your local comics shop or in digital form!

Creating a Cover: Young Justice #23

It’s the long-overdue return of my Creating a Cover series! I promise I’ll go back and fill in the issues I’ve skipped, but I wanted to do a piece on cover for the just-solicited Young Justice #23 as it seems to have generated some interest.

This was another issue where we were able to sort through some cover ideas in email conversation so I didn’t have to do a bunch of sketches that weren’t going to be used. Since I knew our villain was a redesigned (by me) Kylstar, I thought it would be fun to do a close up of our bad guy and show the heroes facing him reflected in the facets of his crystalline form. Of course, we’d used that trick a couple of times before, most notably on the cover to Young Justice #09 which showed the team reflected on the surface of the metallic body of Captain Atom. (Check out Creating a Cover: Young Justice #9 for more information on that!)

Young Justice #09 cover

Young Justice #09 cover

Of course then it occurred to me – Kylstar is a Captain Atom villain! There’s a connection! Which means this could be an homage! Or at least that provided an excuse…

Young Justice #23 cover layout

Young Justice #23 cover layout

This is the “proof of concept” sketch I submitted for approval, based on email discussions with my editor Sarah Gaydos and series writer Greg Weisman. I posed Kylstar as similarly to Captain Atom as his very different proportions would allow. I also brought his hand up into the shot to further mimic the Captain Atom image. Having his hand in the frame also gave me more facets to play with for images.

On the Captain Atom cover I had one image of the team reflected across his body. With Kylstar, I thought it would be fun to have fragmented images of the heroes repeating across his various facets. I wanted to strategically feature good reflections of the heroes, but then fill other facets with random fragments of reflections. I didn’t want this to become a flat, two-dimensional mosaic of reflections, so I planned the shot to use edge lighting on the facets at fairly oblique angles to bring out the dimensionality of the Kylstar figure, while using the facets facing us more flat-on for the reflections.

This concept was enthusiastically approved, so it was time to actually draw the cover!

Young Justice #23 cover - inks

Young Justice #23 cover – inks

Notice that I repositioned Kylstar slightly in the finished artwork. The changes are subtle, but I was trying to maximize the dynamics of the composition. I made more obvious changes to what reflections went where.

You can see that some portions of this artwork are in black and others are in grey. The black image featuring Kylstar was drawn as one piece of artwork, and the reflections of the heroes seen here in gray were drawn separately. This allowed me to play with the placement of the reflections and have bits of the reflections repeat on different Kylstar facets. The artwork was submitted to colorist Zac Atkinson with the reflections as a separate layer, hopefully making it easier for him to work with them at the coloring stage. Or at least giving him the option of isolating them more easily, depending on his process.

YJ #23 cover tones & reflections

YJ #23 cover tones & reflections

I wanted to make sure that my original intent for how this should be treated tonally was communicated, so I applied the approach from my original proof-of-concept sketch to the inks to create this reference guide which I also sent to Zac.

Young Justice #23

Young Justice #23

Here is the stunning result of Zac’s coloring. I especially love the treatment he gave to Kylstar’s eyes. I’d originally imagined them a cyan color, but I think the burning yellow-orange makes for a great contrast with the cool blues of the rest of the image.

Look for more of Kylstar in coming issues of Young Justice! Issue #20 will be out THIS WEDNESDAY, which represents the comic’s shift to the Season 2 / Young Justice: Invasion time-frame. You can find Young Justice at your local comics shop or in digital form!

Coming in December: Young Justice #23

Young Justice #23

Young Justice #23

YOUNG JUSTICE #23
Written by GREG WEISMAN
Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
Color by ZAC ATKINSON
On sale December 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

• Batgirl takes on Match — alone!
• Alpha Squad infiltrates Brainiac’s ship as it hovers above Metropolis!
• Superboy and the Justice League battle their captor, Kylstar!

That’s the info from the official DC solicitation. The action is getting pretty epic, I can assure you! I’m still having a great time drawing the new Season 2 Young Justice characters, plus all the amazing guest heroes and villains! This is the full reveal of the cover I was teasing a few weeks ago, showing the villain Kylstar. He’s an existing character – a lesser-known bad guy from Greg Weisman’s days on Captain Atom – but he’s been given a bit of a Young Justice makeover. And the Justice League are in trouble! The Invasion continues!

Young Justice #19 is still on the stands, and #20 will be out THIS WEDNESDAY! You can find Young Justice at your local comics shop or in digital form!