The long tradition of DC Comics publishing their annual holiday special continues this year with DC’s Very Merry Multiverse. Like last year’s DC Nuclear Winter Special #1, which told stories set in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, this year’s special will take readers on a holiday vacation through the Multiverse.
This year’s holiday special will introduce the newest team of teen heroes from Earth-11, Teen Justice. In the DC Multiverse, Earth-11 is where the Amazons of Themyscira imposed their law on the whole world, changing it forever, with new technology and philosophies, inspiring generations of women to take the lead in creating the future. On this Earth, the premiere team is The Justice Guild’s made up of the members Aquawoman, Batwoman, Superwoman, and Wonderous Man.
The upcoming The 8-page story written by Ivan Cohen (Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace), with art by Eleonora Carlini (Buffy Hellmouth) will focus on the Earth’s next generation of heroes, Teen Justice . The story will also connect to the upcoming event Future State featuring the Flash, Jess Chambers, who goes by the name Kid Quick and is genderfluid (non-binary), who dons the Flash mantle Future State: Justice League series.
In an interview with ScreenRant, Cohen talked about his upcoming contribution to the new holiday special. When asked who Teen Justice is, Cohen said,
Teen Justice is a new super-team on Earth-11, the world where there’s a Justice Guild instead of a Justice League and the heroes are gender-flipped versions of the heroes of the traditional DC Earth. And while a lot of E-11’s history is a fairly straightforward reflection of the mainstream DCU, things are different enough that Teen Justice may in fact be the first kid-hero team in that world, so their mentors have no experience in how to deal with the dynamics of their sidekicks and proteges setting out as their own independent team. The membership of Teen Justice includes Aquagirl (Jacqui Hyde), Supergirl (Laurel Kent), and Robin (Talia Kane), who all only seem familiar. Aquagirl is this world’s Aqualad, Supergirl and Robin are the children of Superwoman and Batwoman, respectively. More-offbeat characters I doubt anyone would expect are Donald Troy – Titans fans know better than to ask “Who is…” – Zatara’s protege, Klarienne the Witch Girl, inspired by a Kirby creation given bigger life by Peter David and Grant Morrison, so you know we’re in seriously weird territory; and the super-fast Jess Chambers, aka Kid Quick, whose aunt is Jesse Quick.
Cohen also said that his story in the DC’s Very Merry Multiverse is a New Year’s celebration full of Alien Starfish, a beloved tradition for super-team debuts, who Mind-controls their mentors into fighting their sidekicks.
The Future State event spinning out of the current Dark Nights: Death Metal event is a two-month, line-wide event that will bring readers to a new DC future where new versions of heroes and villains exist, and the new Teen Justice team will debut in DC’s Very Merry Multiverse, on shelves and digital platforms December 9th.
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