Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Young Justice #12 Review

Getting Cramped

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

It's back to Port Oswego we go to check in on our Young Justice team, who after a jaunt through the Multiverse, came to meet DC's newest hero, Naomi, when they finally made their way back home.  Yeah, we still haven't learned much about Naomi..... Hell, we haven't learned how Young Justice is a thing either or how any of the members remember each other or know what Young Justice is, but we continue to move forward, where now we find Superboy sent to Skartaris by the evil STAR Labs director, Dr. Glory.  Let's jump into this issue and see if our story moves anywhere or in any decent direction, but if eleven issues of nothing so far is any indication... I'm not counting on it.  Let's check it out.

For this story we see Wonder Girl and Teen Lantern make their way to the Hall of Justice, where they're detained by the Wonder Twins...even though Tim Drake said that the Hall of Justice was on lockdown in the previous issue, but inconsistencies aside, these two heroes are trying to call in the cavalry because even though it seemed like Young Justice believed Dr. Glory's story of Superboy freaking out on her and leaving for Gemworld once again last issue, here they all believe she's a liar and can't be trusted... and since she was already outed as being a bad guy in Superman months ago and no longer with STAR Labs, this progression feels real off and loses any kind of weight.

Really though, besides for Teen Lantern and Wonder Girl's travel to the Hall of Justice  nobody really moves anywhere in this issue besides for Bart who has finally come back hours later from getting donuts but can get to the Hall of Justice in a second, but inconsistencies aside, all we have in this issue is everyone agreeing that Dr. Glory is bad and Wonder Comics jamming everything they have into the Young Justice title because by the end of this issue we not only have Naomi join Young Justice, but we also have the Wonder Twins and Miguel and Summer from Dial H For Hero join as well... that's a little too much for me when all I care about are the regular characters that Bendis refuses to address or even find a way that any of this makes sense.

All in all, the art continues to be great in this title, but that's about the only thing that's great here because there's barely any story here and a lot of things in this issue that don't make a lick of sense for who knows what about Young Justice and who doesn't and how the characters just don't seem like themselves not to mention the sing-song Bendis speak that everyone has.  Really though, there's no consequence to anything that happens in this issue because Superboy is barely seen, we already know Dr. Glory is bad so nothing about our heroes' speculation really matters and having the Wonder Twins and Dial H in this does nothing for me because their books are usually more nonsense than this one and that's saying something.

Bits and Pieces:

If you enjoy great art,  you'll get that here but really that's about all you get because nothing happens in this issue beyond adding characters to a title where the main cast of heroes still haven't been explained or explored, not to mention the person they're going after has already been outed as a bad guy in the Superman book months ago.  There's really nothing here worthwhile and I'm so sad that this book is so bad because I desperately wanted to be a fan of Young Justice again.


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