Comic Reviews: Young Justice and Captain Marvel!


dcwyj_01_300-001_hd_5c17f71c826424.06913733Young 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.


Captain Marvel #1(Marvel Comics)728701._sx360_ql80_ttd_

You may or may not know, but Ms. Carol Danvers has a movie coming out in a few months. To capitalize on this, Marvel has started up yet another Captain Marvel #1, with breakout Uncanny X-Men writer Kelly Thompson penning her tales and Carmen Nunez Carnero drawing. Captain Marvel has a had a LOT of new starts in the past few years, and while some have been a success, there are others that have floundered. But after reading this issue, it’s clear that Thompson and Carnero have something truly special planned for this series.

One of the big reasons why this debut issue works is Kelly Thompson’s script. Like Rogue and Gambit and her work on Uncanny X-Men, Kelly Thompson proves that she has a real gift for making her characters relatable, no matter what kind of superhuman abilities they possess. Sure, Carol Danvers can fly through the air and punch tanks, but she’s also a regular person with friends and family that she cares about. Thompson’s handle on the character rivals only Kelly Sue DeConnick’s in my opinion, and she could even surpass that writer with this series.

I’ve never seen Carmen Nunez Carnero’s art before this issue, but let me just say: holy crap. Carnero’s style is perfectly suited for this type of comic. It’s bold, confident, and packed with emotion and style. Able to jump from Carol knocking out a giant monster to her and Jessica Drew reconnecting, Carnero’s art is sure to draw people in who just flip through the issue on the stands, and will definitely give her some more attention at the company and with comic fans.

Those looking to see what the fuss is about with Captain Marvel should know, Captain Marvel #1 is pretty new-reader friendly. Like with any comic, there’s a few things you might need to google, but it’s pretty self-explanatory. Thompson and Carnero really come out swinging with this new series, and I’m pumped to see where they go with it.

Posted on January 9, 2019, in Comic book reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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