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Book Review: Young Justice, Volume 1

Young Justice Vol. 1 Young Justice Vol. 1 by Art Baltazar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book takes collects the first few issues of the Young Justice Comic book series (based on the Cartoon Network TV series) takes a different tact from DCAU books which essentially told one or two part comic book stories featuring the characters in the TV series. This is much more a traditional comic book where characters are given their own story and arc.

This book begins with an alternate take on the beginning of the Young Justice team. There are minor mostly but definitely different. From there, the storyline seems to drift a bit. We get Superboy having a weird vision about the Justice League, a two part story where Flash, Aqualad, and Robin try to rescue a woman targeted the League of Shadows (on their own) and then we have a concluding story where Young Justice goes camping and talks about their origins. Wally West's is a bit weird and I have to say that Miss Martian's bears a striking resemblance to Wonder Woman's.

Thee's some good character stuff and a few action sequences that are good but my big problem with the book is that the characters we learn the most about and connect with most (Superboy and Miss Martian) are the ones who we see actually doing something the least. In some ways, the book is trying to mimic the TV's shows hinted at larger story arc but doesn't quite manage it with the same style. This is good but could have and should have been better.



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Published on December 28, 2014 18:21 Tags: young-justice

Book Review: Young Justice: Creature Features

Young Justice Vol. 3: Creature Features Young Justice Vol. 3: Creature Features by Greg Weisman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 14-19 of the Young Justice Comic book based on the popular Cartoon Network series and contains three separate two issue stories:

Issues 14 and 15 feature Aqualad, Superboy, and Miss Martian going to Atlantis where they encounter an undersea coup. This is a fun story made even moreso by Miss Martian who has some very fun moments in Atlantis particularly using her shape-changing ability.

Issues 16 and 17 catch up on what the rest of the team was doing. The idea behind Issue 16 is to show Robin, Artemis, and Kid Flash doing sidekick duties. in separate stories that do eventually come together. The book was too short to make the separate stories interesting and the coming together story was only so so.

Issues 18 and 19 has the team facing gorillas and encountering Grodd for the first time. Again, Miss Martain was a highlight and I really enjoyed their different spin on Grodd as the book sets up some key differences between the world of the Young Justice comics and the rest of the DC universe.

Overall, despite a weaker middle story, this book is a well-written all ages comic book and enjoyable in its own right even without seeing all the episodes the book revolves around.



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Published on June 03, 2015 05:58 Tags: young-justice

Book Review: Young Justice, Voume 4: The In

Young Justice Vol. 4: Invasion Young Justice Vol. 4: Invasion by Greg Weisman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Young Justice #20-#25. The second season of Young Justice was set five years after the first. This series seeks to fill the gap. It tells two separate stories: One, an event that happened just after the end of Season One and the second is an event with multiple alien invasions occurring at the same time, days before the start of Season 2.

Overall, this is a solid book. It's certainly not essential as you can understand the TV series without it, but it allows you to see events the TV show only hints at which makes it a winner for fans of the series. The book can be a bit confusing. That's not helped by the multitude of characters or the fact that the comic is trying to tell both stories over the course of six issues, so it's easy to get lost.

Still, this is an enjoyable book with a lot of Easter Eggs to reward fans of Young Justice.



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Published on October 19, 2015 22:58 Tags: young-justice

Book Review: Young Justice, Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse

Young Justice, Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse Young Justice, Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Lost in the Multiverse finds the Young Justice team trying to get home if home even exists as they journey through various DC universes.

This is a fun book, particularly in the first couple of issues as they visit some familiar (for old fans) universes. The book does do quite a bit of character stuff and eventually brings all the Wonder Comics characters together at the end, while leaving a big cliffhanger and many questions for the future.

While it's a bit padded at times, this is still a really fun book that leaves me wanting more.



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Published on July 24, 2020 22:11 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, dc-comics, young-justice

Book Review: Young Justice, Vol. 3: Warriors and Warlords

Young Justice, Vol. 3: Warriors and Warlords Young Justice, Vol. 3: Warriors and Warlords by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book collects the final eight issues of Young Justice. The plot with Superboy in the last volume is taken care of in the previous volume and then we get a bunch of individual issues that fill in continuity.

Overall, this wasn't bad. The art was pretty consistent and the stories had some interesting moments, but this didn't go anywhere and it was a little frustrating that a big defining for the team happened outside the book I was reading. This was okay, but I hope Young Justice returns with a bit more focus.



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Published on February 04, 2021 00:11 Tags: young-justice

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