DC has published a trailer and some preview artwork for Dear Justice League, the upcoming original graphic novel for middle-grade readers.
The animated trailer gives the first glimpse into the contents of the OGN, which arrives in August, featuring Superman, Aquaman and Hawkgirl answering questions from their young fans.
Dear Justice League is written by bestselling author Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte. Published under the DC Zoom imprint, which is targeted to middle-grade readers, the colorful and light-hearted graphic novel is centered on DC's heroes answering questions from children.
"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," Northrop said in a statement. "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," Duarte added. "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."
Comic shops across America will be handing out an exclusive excerpt of the original graphic novel on Free Comic Book Day, May 4. Dear Justice League hits bookstores August 6 and is available to pre-order now.