Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Young Justice #14 Review

Guest Stars Galore! 

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker
Art By: John Timms, Michael Avon Oeming, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2020

The questions continue as we jump back into Young Justice, where we wonder how this team not only remembers one another but how they were ever a team to begin with in this continuity....... not to mention, how the hell everyone they come in contact with seem to know them even though their fellow heroes don't.  It's all odd and it's all weird, but we'll continue our story, where our Young Justice team, teamed up with the Wonder Twins and Dial H's Miguel and Summer and now Aqualad, Sideways, Spoiler and Arrowette to go after Dr. Glory and hopefully find Superboy as they take her down.  Let's jump into this issue and see if anything has become clearer about how anything in this book makes sense or if it just digs itself into a deeper hole.  Let's check it out.

While I want to love this series so much because of how much I loved the original one from the late '90s, not to mention that the characters involved are some of my favorites, it seems that Brian Michael Bendis just won't let me because we've had this series for over a year and we still don't know anything about how these characters know each other or how they even got to a point to be forgotten....... except for the times where people on the streets just seem to know Impulse or other characters on our team just know about what's going on, don't ever seem to have forgotten, yet still don't talk like anything is weird.  It's pretty frustrating and so is this issue beyond the background problems that it already faces and continues to face here.

This issue is all about finding Superboy and going to New Mexico to Dr. Glory's STAR Labs location and somehow Sideways just opens a portal to Skartaris and saves Conner and we just get him back, leading to the Dr. Glory pleading for her freedom by telling our heroes that she knows why things are so wonky with our heroes' memories, but I doubt we'll ever learn anything from her because that would require some kind of progress in this series and if you've been reading this long, I think you know that we do anything but progress here.

All in all, the art for the majority of the story is great, but every time we deal with Skartaris and Michael Avon Oeming's art, I'm just not a fan, which is a shame because I usually only look forward to the art in this book because each and every issue Brian Michael Bendis makes it clear that he knows nothing about these characters and cares about them even less.  Here you get some guest stars on top of the guest stars we already had and what that amounts to is the majority of our characters having nothing to do and ultimately, it doesn't make for a really compelling issue.

Bits and Pieces:

The art is a mixed bag here and the story is just a mess, where we focus more on bringing new characters into the book than actually making the story make sense.  There's no real progression here beyond getting Superboy back, but him being sent away again in the first place was nonsense to begin with and only served to pad out the series since nothing has really happened from it...... or really since this series began.


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