How ComiXology's 'Youth' Redefines Teen Superhero Story

Youth Announcement - Publicity - H 2020
Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe/ComiXology
The new four-part series by Curt Pires and Alex Diotto begins Tuesday.

The next generation of superheroes is not what anyone expects. Amazon’s digital comics service ComiXology continues its line of original content with a brand-new miniseries redefining the idea of the teen superhero comic, which The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively reveal.

Youth reunites the creative team behind Image Comics’ fantasy series Olympia, Curt Pires and Alex Diotto, once again working with color artist Dee Cunniffe. This time around, they’re telling the story of two high school students in the Midwest navigating life as a queer couple, only to run away and discover an entirely different world than they could have imagined.

“I wanted to make a teen superhero comic that actually felt authentic to the uncertainty and beautiful confusion that encompasses the coming-of-age experience,” Pires said in a statement about the project. “There are lots of teen superhero comics, but most of them are written by writers closer to 47 than 17 and feel remarkably out of touch. I wanted to make something that captured the beauty and pain of the youth culture zeitgeist.”

The four-part series will be released on a weekly schedule starting Tuesday, and will be available for no additional cost to Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and ComiXology Unlimited subscribers, in addition to being available for purchase for Kindle and ComiXology.

Youth is also currently in development as an original series for Amazon Studios, with Pires attached to adapt. Former ABC Studios president Patrick Moran is overseeing the project as executive producer. The digital comic series has already been renewed for a second season in production, with two further projects from Pires also in the works.

An exclusive preview from the first issue by Pires, Diotto and Cunniffe is below. Letters on the issue come from Micah Myers.