Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Young Justice #11 Review

Skartaris Bound

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 4, 2019

Okay, after having a jaunt through the Multiverse it's time to get our Young Justice team back to Prime Earth and with it some answers to how any of these characters know each other since there was never a Young Justice in this continuity.  Yeah, I know I'm asking a lot in expecting answers to a story that only wants to travel from world to world instead of actually doing any kind of progression, but maybe I'll get lucky....... or maybe 2019 just isn't my year and all my big answers will come in January..... Who knows, but previously we saw our heroes leave Earth-3 and wind up in Naomi's hometown of Port Oswego.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

So if you didn't think that you got enough answers about Naomi in her six issue mini or when she appeared in Action Comics......... Well, you'll continue to learn nothing about her here, except that she knows who Young Justice is..... and also knows the name Impulse.  It's all very odd, but even when you actually get our Young Justice team back to their Earth and starting to try and figure things out..... you really still won't get much out of this issue.

The main thing that you will get though is Superboy's disdain for STAR Labs' Dr. Glory, who we recently saw Superman out for being a bad guy, but I guess that hasn't happened here yet and when Superboy discovers that she is running the experiments on the inter-dimensional rupture that happened in Port Oswego, he runs off to confront the woman who originally sent him away to Gemworld as we saw towards the beginning of this series.  It's this part of the book that's the most intriguing because not only does most of the sing-song dialog that Bendis loves to write stop, but Dr. Glory talks about reality being shifted since he left, which could lead to some answers to what's been going on with the continuity....... even if everyone still remembers him from this reality... I don't get it, but it's the most we've gotten out of this series as far as any explanation and I'm not sure if I'm just supposed to be thankful that we actually got something or just angry because that this is all we've gotten.  None of this matters though because it's back off to our world trekking because Superboy is then teleported away to Skartaris.

All in all, I'm still enjoying John Timms' artwork of these characters and I'm happy that something was mentioned about what the hell is going on with this continuity, but besides for those two things, there wasn't much to like about this issue.  We spend too much time in dealing with Naomi again, where we learned nothing that we haven't already known from previous stories and the sing-song dialog was making me want to tear my hair out for how over-used it was here.  I wanted to smack the characters around because I don't know why everyone has to respond by questioning the last word someone says over and over again.  Really, there's just not a lot of progression here and the characters feel off and with us almost being a year into this series' run........ I don't know if that aspect is ever going to get better.

Bits and Pieces:

While I do enjoy John Timms' cartoony portrayal of our heroes, the story just halts any progression so that everyone can get caught up with what's going on with Naomi lately, while also continuing to not give us any new information on her.  It's a weird tight-rope of nonsense that Bendis continues to walk in writing his stories.  More than anything though, the sing-song dialog seems to be getting worse as we progress and soon that's all we'll have because the story is going nowhere. 


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