Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Young Justice #19 Review

No Means No, Grandpa 

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker
Art By: Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 6, 2020

It's the penultimate issue of Young Justice and for this issue, we're going to be dealing with Cassie Sandsmark, Wonder Girl, and her defiance towards her Grandfather Zeus and him wanting her to join the Pantheon. Now if that was just some weird Walmart Giant side story that didn't matter with the overall DC Universe then that concept would be fine, but let's jump into this issue and see how little Brian Michael Bendis knows about the larger Universe that he tries to write these characters in. Let's check it out.

So in Young Justice #2, we saw a flashback to when Zeus came to Wonder Girl and originally offered her a place among the Pantheon and in that issue it told us that this meeting took place before Wonder Woman #37........ because, in that issue, Zeus died. Here we are so many issues later and it seems that that aspect doesn't matter anymore because we're just going to have Zeus out and about and offering Cassie the same thing that he did before. Now I know what you may be thinking. Yeah, the Gods have been known to resurrect after they've been killed and if that is the case all I would need is for some kind of reference to that happening...... but you don't get that here. If that wasn't enough, it seems like Bendis can't help but fuck things up at every step because on top of Zeus being here all fine and dandy, you also have Poseidon show up and that was a God that Cheetah killed with the Tear of Extinction.  

Now both of those aspects are weird and could have been a part of a cool story explaining what the Gods are up to with them not only dying at these two moments but also what they are doing after the Source Wall was destroyed and other elements of the Sphere of the Gods like New Genesis and Apokolips were destroyed. Instead of something cool though, you have Cassie be overdramatic about Zeus being mad..... as in crazy when he just wants to test her to show her where she really belongs and at both moments of this test, where you'd actually get some awesome action with Wonder Girl fighting a mythological monster in Metropolis and Poseidon and a giant Octopus, this issue just goes to narration and says... "Cassie won" and you don't actually get to see anything cool. So ultimately, with the second to last issue to this series you get Cassie just saying the same thing to her Grandfather as she did in the second issue and that's all you really get here, while the book just completely disregards anything cool that it could have done and also has no idea what the continuity of DC Comics is at the moment.

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this issue. I love the way that Scott Godlewski draws these characters and I love Gabe Eltaeb's colors. My biggest complaint about the art is more from a story standpoint where we didn't get to see the actual action that was supposed to be going on in this book and that's a shame. As for the story as a whole....... there's really no story here and we're at the same place at the end of this issue that we were at the beginning, while the continuity made no sense to anything else that's going on in DC Comics leading up to Death Metal. That's no real surprise though. Bendis has proven time and again that he doesn't care about this Universe and just throws things out there whether it makes sense or not, which is probably why this book is ending next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

While there could have been some really cool action in this issue, not to mention a discussion about how the two Gods featured in this book are actually alive or what the Greek Pantheon are doing after the Source Wall was destroyed, we instead get none of that and Wonder Girl just coming to the decision that she doesn't want to join the Pantheon........ as she stated in Young Justice #2. That's it...... the art was good though.



  1. Man, its like DC editorial doesn't know they are publishing comic books and think we don't need to see the action, just lots of dialog that isn't even good.