Bendis takes on Young Justice, but what does this Nineties classic have in-store for the Twenty-First Century?
With the re-launch of the Young Justice animated series on DC Universe, it wasn’t too big a surprise that the title would be coming back. As the launch drew nearer, I had begun to hope that the excellent (and canonical) companion series would hit shelves once again. I was surprised to see what was announced.
Brian Michael Bendis, the former Marvel go-to writer, has really made a positive impression since taking the reigns on the Superman titles. If nothing else, it has been clear that he has been waiting to write the character for a long time and had some interesting situations to drop The Man of Steel into. He also has exhibited a respect for the stories he followed. Superman has been consistent for nearly three years, and that’s something that’s nice to type out. I also feel that returning to a single character book plays off of Bendis’ strengths. Some of his biggest missteps came in his Marvel team book days. Bendis is also getting to scratch his Batman itch in his exceptional tale in the Wal-Mart exclusive Batman Giant. I know this hasn’t been on everyone’s radar, but it should be.
With DC’s two biggest characters already under his belt, Bendis and his editors made the right move in throwing a curve ball. Young Justice is not only a nice change for Bendis, but for DC Comics on the whole.
Joined by Patrick Gleason, who has become nothing short of iconic in the post-rebirth era, Bendis presents an action packed, joke filled vision of the DC Universe. I’m always wary of pouring too much humor into an adventure book but the characters presented all shine with this tone, including the newcomers. I won’t spoil them here, but if you’ve read anything online, their concepts might seem a little silly.
Ignore this instinct.
These two legacy characters fit this book, and I can’t wait to learn more about them.
“Legacy” is an important word here too. As a child of the late Eighties and Nineties, Tim Drake, Conner Kent and Bart Allen were all constants in my formative days. The Cassie Sandsmark version of Wonder Girl followed shortly after and joined them through the seminal Geoff Johns’ Teen Titans. Their return to form, for the first time in a long while, was thrilling on an emotional level. I’ll write my one spoiler here, Tim is back to being Robin, regardless of who else may hold that title. Add these legacies to the surprising one driving the plot and Bendis & company have crafted an intriguing and novel story that goes far beyond a cross-platform tie-in. Don’t expect the animated series to be reflected too heavily, this is a brand new era. In fact, this story may well be a key book in an upcoming crisis…