"Young Justice" may have found new life when its upcoming third season was announced, but writer-producer Greg Weisman doesn't want to stop there. In a recent blog post, he called on fans of the series to help him convince DC Comics to green light a new "Young Justice" comic series.
"Artist Christopher Jones and I are chomping at the bit to make more 'Young Justice' stories in comic book form," he wrote. "Producing a comic book takes considerably less time than producing television episodes, so if we got a green light on a comic book series now, you could theoretically have new stories in a matter of months."
And just how does he plan to convince DC to make more "Young Justice" comes? By having the fans buy digital copies of the original "Young Justice" comic series, of course! "We just need to convince DC Comics that there's a market for 'YJ' comics even before the third season premieres. Which begs the next question: How do we convince DC of that? And the answer is again simple. BUY THE COMICS THAT ALREADY EXIST!" he explained.
Though physical editions of the four "Young Justice" trades are out-of-print, he added that digital copies of the comics still exist on the DC app, ComiXology and iTunes. "If you do find hard copies online or in a store, those are secondary sales, and DC won't know about them," he wrote. "So you need to buy them electronically. Put money in DC's pocket and they'll want more of that green. Buy a lot of 'YJ' comics and it just follows that they'll order up more 'YJ' comics."
He also confirmed that the events of the comics will tie into the upcoming third season of the show, saying, "ALL of these stories are canon to the series, with time stamps and everything. In fact, stuff in Season Three will play off of stuff from Seasons One and Two AND from the comics."
"The more the existing comics sell, the more DC will want to make more. And if more sell fast enough, you'll be getting more YJ stories sooner!" he concluded.
While "Young Justice" Season 3 is in the works, it'll be a while yet before fans see the fruits of Weisman's labor. As he explains in the post, "making animated episodes takes a LONG time." That is to say, episodes of an animated series take ten months to make, at minimum. So, if fans want some "Young Justice" to tide them over in the meantime, it looks like DC Comics will be the way to go.
“Young Justice” ran for two seasons on Cartoon Network from 2011 to 2013. The show featured a large roster of characters from DC Comics, and starred a team of younger heroes including Robin, Superboy, Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Aqualad, who acted as “The Team” — a covert group under the auspices of the Justice League . It shared a name with an earlier DC Comics series primarily written by Peter David also featuring young heroes but was not an adaptation, though David did write several episodes of the show.
"Young Justice" Season 3 does not yet have an official release date.