Updated: Jan 24
YOUNG JUSTICE #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Publisher: DC Comics
It's finally here, the return of Young Justice and the beginning of the Wonder Comics imprint. A few months ago I wrote an article about the need for a new Young Justice book in the DCU, little did I know that a couple months later they were going to announce YOUNG JUSTICE. To make things even more exciting, Brian Michael Bendis was going to write it, with Patrick Gleason on art, and it was the inaugural title in Bendis' new Wonder Comics imprint. He promised to bring back Conner Kent/Superboy and reuniting him with Tim Drake/Robin and Bart Allen/Impulse. That was all I needed to hear to be fully on board. I haven't been anticipating a new comic book as much as I have YOUNG JUSTICE. Not only did Bendis and Gleason deliver, they completely knocked it out if the park.
The story kicks off in Gemworld, where they have decided to go to war with Earth. Apparently every time there is a "Crisis" on Earth it has been affecting Gemworld. They talk of seven Crises impacting not just them, but the entire multiverse. While I'm not entirely sure which Crises Bendis is referring to, besides (COIE, Infinite Crisis, Identity Crisis, Final Crisis, and maybe Heroes In Crisis), it will be interesting to find out how this ties into the story.
As Gemworld invades Earth it is here we are introduced to our heroes. Jinny Hex is first on the scene followed by Robin, Wonder Girl, Impulse, and Teen Lantern. Jinny Hex already seems like she will be a fun and interesting addition to the team. While Teen Lntern doesn't get to much screen time, I definitely want to learn more about her. Seeing Tim, Cassie and Bart back had me smiling the entire time I was reading the book. Bendis has each of their voices down perfectly. The highlight of the book was Impulse, as there fighting he kept saying "It's Happening", and of course he meant that "Young Justice Is Back!". The final
page reveal of Conner made me scream "Yessss!" out loud. I can't wait to find out where he's been and how Tim and Cassie will react.
The writing was absolutely perfect, Bendis couldn't have written a better book if he tried. Everything about this issue made me feel like a little kid again, when I used to ask my mom to take me to go buy the new issue of YOUNG JUSTICE (The Peter David series). The story was intriguing and the dialogue was spot on. Then you have Patrick Gleason on art, all I can say is, WOW!. This book wouldn't have been the same without him. You can feel the love and joy in every image, I imagine him smiling with every image he drew. The colors by Alejandro Sanchez were a visual delight. The were bright and made every page pop. I really can't say enough good things about this book, it was perfect.
This was the perfect issue for longtime fans and new fans alike. I couldn't be happier to have these creators working on my favorite characters. I'm so excited to see where not only this book goes, but the entire Wonder Comics line as well.