More YOUNG JUSTICE Uncertainty: Comic Canceled in February
by Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Site Editor
Date: 14 November 2012 Time: 11:06 AM ET
DC Comics' February 2013 solicitations, Young Justice, the comic book tie-in to the animated television series, has been canceled with issue #25. The show, meanwhile, is currently on it's fifth major hiatus in its two years on the air, this one coming suddenly as episodes of it and DC Nation sister show Green Lantern: The Animated Series were recently pulled with no explanation hours before their scheduled airing. So what could the Young Justice comic cancelation mean for the future of the franchise? If it follows the trend of television tie-ins that have come before, the tea leaves aren't promising. Brandon Vietti, Producer, Writer, and Director for Warner Animation on Young Justice TV, said when the hiatus began that his team had put their all into "the last ten" episodes that have currently been produced. Looking at the history of Warner Bros' DC Comics shows and their comic book tie-ins reveals this early end to the comic to be a unique case.
DC Comics has released comic book tie-ins to every major animated series that Warner Bros has produced based on their properties since 1992's Batman: The Animated Series. That first tie-in comic was very popular, lasting five years beyond the cancelation of the TV series. Superman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans, and Justice League's tie-in comic books each lasted two years beyond their accompanying TV shows. Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century and The Batman Strikes both had runs that ended 9 months after the cartoons they were based on.