IDW Launches Cartoon Network Crossover While Boom! Announces CN First Look Deal

Cartoon Network now has two major comic publishers working with their properties.

Now available for ordering from IDW Publishing is Super Secret Crisis War!, the first issue in a six-issue miniseries that crosses over The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Ben 10, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Ed, Edd, & Eddy. (All except the last also have individual comic titles from IDW.) That title tickles me, since I’ve seen too many goofy superhero crossovers with similar monickers!

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1 coverCartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1 variant cover

It’s written by the ever-talented Louise Simonson and drawn by Derek Charm, with a selection of variant covers. And of course, there will be tie-ins, with the following additional one-shots due later:

  • Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, written by Ivan Cohen
  • Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, written by Kate Leth
  • Johnny Bravo, written by Erik Burnham
  • Codename: Kids Next Door, written by Scott Peterson
  • Cow and Chicken, written by Jim Zub

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! can be ordered now from comic shops with the Diamond code APR14 0354. It’s due at the end of June for $3.99.

Meanwhile, Boom! Studios, publisher of Adventure Time and Regular Show comics, has announced that they entered a publishing “first look deal” with Cartoon Network Enterprises, the network’s licensing and merchandising arm. According to their press release,

“The partnership will give the award-winning comic book publisher the first option to license all-new Cartoon Network original comedies for adaptation into comics and graphic novels. [It] will allow Boom! to work with Cartoon Network Enterprises to introduce new animated comedy properties to the comic book and book markets closer to the debut of each show.”

First property under the deal is Steven Universe, which will be launched as a comic series in August. Since the Adventure Time comic won an Eisner for Best Publication for Kids, I’m sure expectations are high.

Looks like IDW is the publisher for old CN favorites, while Boom! is tackling the newer, younger-skewing shows.


3 Responses to “IDW Launches Cartoon Network Crossover While Boom! Announces CN First Look Deal”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Sounds like a neat concept. One thing I find fascinating is how corporate synergy doesn’t seem to work. Many DC fans are unhappy with CN because they don’t push the DC cartoons much, and have no qualms about pulling them suddenly.

    Yet when it came to comics, CN had to go outside of DC to find some success it seems. Look at this crossover for instance. Can you imagine anyone at DC caring enough to put the resources towards doing something this big?

    I’ll be very curious to see how the Star Wars comics do at Marvel, long run at least as I’m sure at first there will be a push. In comparison to at Dark Horse where they were a big priority.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, right, I was going to make that point, but I forgot. Yes, with CN and DC owned by the same company, it’s weird that CN has to go elsewhere to get their comics made. Then again, I bet the costs are cheaper at IDW and Boom!, since they don’t have a ton of VPs to pay for. Still, Marvel and Disney are showing how it could be done.

  3. James Schee Says:

    True Marvel seems to be doing well with Castle, Stephen King, Revenge and Wizard of Oz properties, as well as getting their properties in other media so they might be best showcase for this working.

    (though I wish in the Oz books they’d stop having black text on dark backgrounds, as they are impossible to read on the Marvel Unlimited ap.)

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