Young Justice #1 (DC Comics)
Now that he’s settled into DC Comics, it’s time for Brian Michael Bendis to really shake things up, and for starters, he’s bringing back Young Justice. The title that brought Robin, Superboy, and Impulse together was a big hit back in the day, but the DC universe is very different from the one that birthed that series. But just because it’s different, that doesn’t mean that Bendis and artist Patrick Gleason aren’t going to do their best to bring a new team together that includes the return of Connor Kent, Superboy.
When the Knights of Gemworld attack Metropolis, it leaves Tim Drake, Wonder Girl, and Jenny Hex to pick up the pieces and rescue the citizens of the city. But when Impulse and Power Ring show up, things get a lot more hectic. Now the heroes not only have to save the citizens, they have to put up with each other too. But out of the crisis, a team is reborn: Young Justice.
I’ll give Bendis this: he wastes no time getting the team of Young Justice together. While it’s admirable that he didn’t want to wait the entire issue for the team to assemble, there is a very rushed, madcap feeling to the book that hinders some of its readability. At times the action and dialogue moves so fast that it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on. That being said, though, Bendis has a great handle on the characterizations of the different team members, and while I don’t think the Gemworld is a particularly big threat for these characters, I am curious about Connor Kent’s involvement in all of this.
Patrick Gleason has already proven himself to be a strong talent at DC, and Young Justice is no exception. Gleason has shown that he can draw pretty much anything, but with Young Justice it’s hard not to be impressed by his art. There’s a big sense of scale and action with his pencils here, and Gleason makes the issue feel like the kind of thing you’d see on the big screen during the Summer.
Young Justice may move a little too fast in the narrative department, but it’s got a sense of confidence and fun that’s honestly hard to deny. There’s an infectious energy to the series that makes it ideal for slightly younger comic book readers, and if Young Justice can inject some new blood into the comic shops, then it’s job is done.