It’s the morning after the fight before and the members of Young Justice are helping with clean-up. Having teamed up with the Justice League to fend off the Legion of Doom, the teenage heroes are helping Metropolis get back on its feet. But it’s not only superheroes who are doing good.
Meet Yolanda and her dad, ready to refresh and feed. As the young woman hands out water, some of the young heroes catch up with their older counterparts.
There’s Wonder Girl and Wonder Woman…
… Tim and Batman…
… and Impulse and Flash.
The feels aren’t all inter-generational, as Conner Kent is deeply touched to find Bart Allen snapped a picture of him punching Lex Luthor.
The groups split up to go home, except for Conner, who’s off to the Fortress of Solitude/Action Comics with Superman to interrogate their relationship. But not before Superman has a final word.
I loved that. How many times have we heard adult heroes tell younger set to butt out, leave the fighting to them. But not here, the Justice Leaguers are fair gushing with pride. Heck, this issue could be retitled Warm and Fuzzy Justice, so full is it of sweet moments – there’s another one at the end as we find out just where Miss Yolanda Chan – darn, I would have bet on Montez – fits into this imprint that is Wonder Comics.
That bit between Bart and Grandpa Barry is part of two pages of them getting reacquainted after being parted by a spot of multiversal realignment. In a nice touch, writers Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker have them running as they talk, so they can swap information at super-speed.
This gives artist Scott Godlewski the excuse to draw everyone else as frozen figures, and colourist Gabe Eltaeb picks up the baton by toning them like statues against Speed Force reds and yellows.
I’m not sure how I feel about Barry’s advice to Bart to put aside thoughts of working out what’s up with the timeline. From their point of view, living it, it makes perfect sense, it’s their best chance of not being driven to distraction while waiting for the other cosmic shoe to drop. On the other, DC writers keep putting the questions out there, so is it right to drop the matter? Maybe Messrs Bendis and Walker know there’s a nice, clean continuity coming after the current Metal storyline (Dark? Heavy? Pedal to the…? I honestly can’t remember) but as I’m snubbing that, a recap here of the results would be lovely.
For this issue, I think, the writers simply wanted to cheer everyone up; for once the heroes get to take a breath as they bask in a win, while seeds of future storylines are sown, such as the House of Kent Superman Family matter, and a godly trial for Cassie.
Speaking of whom, I loved her calling Wonder Woman ‘Auntie Diana’. While I’m not a fan of both Wonder Gals being actual blood Olympians, as that’s what they are for now, why not have them act like loving family members? Diana basically crowning Cassie leader of Young Justice was great.
Great, too, is the art by Godlewski and Eltaeb, and not just in that super-speed chat – the book is filled with dozens of colourful characters but never looks cluttered. Everyone is on model, can be easily picked out in a crowd and the storytelling is first rate. The only person who doesn’t look good is Tim, still in that brown costume and still insisting we call him Drake. Shall we not?
It’s a shame we don’t hear what Batman and Tim talk about, but there’s some manly patting so presumably all is OK – maybe Bruce is offering to find Tim a better look… has anyone seen Crazy Quilt? Detroit League Vibe? Nineties Thor?
Oh, and did we know cowgirl Jinny Hex was gay? I’m actually more interested in finding out what’s in her box of tricks than in who she fancies. Come on kind writers, you are allowed to finish the odd subplot!
A nod to Wes Abbott for the attractive letters, and regular artist John Timms, and Eltaeb, for the cover, though it’s odd that different looks weren’t chosen for the spare Bart and Conner. Tim times two has no such problem. His problem is the ruddy awful new costume (not even a cape!). Have I mentioned that already?
I really enjoy time out issues and this is a thoroughly engaging, great-looking one, full of positive vibes.
Now, bring on the bad guys…