Scholastic to Publish DC Superhero Illustrated Novels
Scholastic has announced a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to publish a series of three illustrated novels based on well-known DC superheroes. Written and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, the DC Comics: Secret Hero Society series will debut in February 2016 with Study Hall of Justice, the first book in the series. It
presents a twist on the idea of junior sleuths, using comics, journal entries, newspaper articles, and doodles to reimagine Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as middle-grade students in a mysterious school.
In Study Hall of Justice, young Bruce Wayne is the new kid at Ducard Academy, a prep school for gifted middle school students. Bruce finds out pretty quickly that he doesn’t fit in: the faculty seems to not just encourage villainous behavior from its students, but reward it. Bruce makes friends with two other outsiders, farm boy Clark Kent and the regal Diana Prince. They soon discover that not only are the kids here special, they all seem super. The three band together to form a detective squad to find out why all of these extraordinary kids have been brought together at Ducard Academy, and to see just what the faculty is plotting.
The series will be published in hardcover and launch in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, demonstrating the global reach of the DC characters. Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs previously worked together on the highly entertaining Batman Lil’ Gotham comic. Scholastic is promising it will be new-reader-friendly, but will include “subtle references and ‘easter eggs’” for “veterans”.
The second book is due out in spring 2017 and features “more DC Comics favorite characters including Arthur Curry (Aquaman) [and] Victor Stone (Cyborg)”, with book three coming spring 2018.