Young Justice Invasion: Volume 1 coming in December

Young Justice #20

Young Justice #20

Young Justice: Invasion – Volume One TP
Writers: Greg Weisman
Artists: Christopher Jones
Collects: Young Justice #20-25
$12.99 US, 160 pg

With Volumes 1-3 the collected tie-in comic for the Young Justice animated TV series in print, I had been hoping for some news on a Young Justice: Volume 4, but it seems instead that the last 6 issues will be collected as Young Justice Invasion: Volume 2.  It’s funny that they went that way – when we were talking about the comic making the jump to the timeframe from Season 2 of the show, there was talk of rebranding the comic as Young Justice: Invasion and getting a new #1 issue. But that didn’t happen – they just continued on with the existing title and numbering, just designating the “Invasion” storyline with a subtitle and numbering it as 1-6 of 6. I guess someone decided that Young Justice: Invasion Volume 1 was more marketable than Young Justice: Volume 4. Fair enough.

Young Justice #23

Young Justice #23

Young Justice #24

Young Justice #24

Young Justice #25

Young Justice #25

This was a fun run of issues to work on. Catching up with Season 2 of the show meant Dick Grayson as Nightwing and an influx of new characters such as Batgirl, Blue Beetle, Wonder Girl, and Lagoon Boy. Plus, our big Invasion storyline featured a trio of villains I got to design for Young Justice continuity – Brainiac, Kylstar and Deadshot. Plus the mutation of Match into our version of Bizarro. This was easily the most epic storyline we ever tackled in the comic, and I’m so excited to finally have it collected into a squarebound edition!

The book won’t be out until December. I’m not sure why there’s such a delay, but better late than never! Young Justice recently aired its final episode earlier this month on Cartoon Network. The series is set to remain in reruns for at least a couple more weeks before being shuffled out of the DC Nation programming block. A lot of people are looking for ways to show their support for the Young Justice series right now, and pre-ordering this would definitely be one way to do so! Or, you could just pick it up when it comes out because it’ll be a good read!

Until then, Volumes 1-3 of the COLLECTED Young Justice are available NOW!
Look for them at your local comic shop or bookstore, or order a copy online!


Collecting #0-06! $12.99


VOL. 2 – Training Day
Collecting #07-13! $12.99


VOL. 3 – Creature Features
Collecting #14-19! $12.99


  • By Yojimbo, March 29, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    I don’t know why but DC’s previous pattern for the other YJ trades was one in the beginning (Volume 1) and one at the end of the year (Volume 2).

    Too freakin’ bad, DC didn’t do a rebrand. Even if we got one more arc out of it, I would have been happy. Isn’t that GL:TAS comic still not cancelled? Sales couldn’t have been that bad. I don’t get it. :(

    One question, did you ever get asked to draw up new covers for the trades or were you never even approached?

  • By Christopher Jones, March 29, 2013 @ 1:10 am

    I never got asked about new covers. I don’t know if that’s because DC didn’t want to invest in new art, or if they figured that artwork previously seen by fans as a cover of the comic was more effective marketing.

    But like most things, I can only speculate about these things. They typically don’t explain their reasoning…

  • By Pfeiffer-Pfan, March 29, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    It’s a real shame that DC haven’t released your ‘The Batman Strikes!’ work in such comprehensive trade paperbacks…

    I hated the little digest things they were doing at the time. Oh well.

  • By Christopher Jones, March 29, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    I was never a huge fan of those either. Ironically, as a kid I *LOVED* the little digests DC Comics used to do featuring old material. The would do various “Best of” collections, and for some reason they did an ongoing Legion of Superheroes/Adventure Comics reprint series in that format. I have a couple of shoeboxes full of those things!

    But with Batman Strikes, which I already felt claustrophobic with the deep, over-saturated colors, it drove me crazy to see the art look even worse from being shrunk down and cropped slightly to fit the digests’ aspect ratio. I’d love proper trade paperbacks of the whole series, or at least to have the content made available digitally. The last I saw, DC had made the first 3 issues available digitally, but they haven’t yet converted the rest of the 50-issue run.

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