It’s their final issue so what better time for the teenage superheroes of the Young Justice league to choose a new headquarters?
Make that ‘an old headquarters’.
It’s the Secret Sanctuary of the original Justice League of America; also, the HQ of Young Justice a multiversal reboot or two ago (as well as the Doom Patrol, Justice Foundation and probably the Zoo Crew).
But while no team is currently occupying the fantastic premises, there is a familiar figure on site.
So why is he attacking the team he once watched over as the JLA’s official Young Justice liaison/babysitter? To be honest, the reason is – as we say in the UK – pants. And the fact that not one of the many YJ members suggests they just stop for a sec, as he asks, and try for a conversation is pretty poor on their part.
But, any fight scene that reminds comicdom just his powerful Reddy is, is OK by me. I know people take the Mickey out of the awesome android…
…but imagine the controlled power of a tornado in close quarters. Ally that to a computer brain programmed for super-speed tactics and Reddy is quite the threat.
Writers Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker begin the book with one member in a particular pickle, and we catch up to that situation after the bulk of the book, the windy war. And then the story, ‘Final Justice’, ends, with the promise of more adventures.
Young Justice #20 is bittersweet, a hugely enjoyable comic book that happens to be the last issue. But, the young league stands – once they pick themselves up after the run-in with Reddy – and friendships have been forged which can be followed up on in any number of DC comics. So I’m not too sad. I’m still grinning at the gags given our young cast by those wags Walker and Bendis. I especially like acknowledgments of the cracked continuities of our heroes.
I’m also smiling at the visuals supplied by artist Scott Godlewski and colourist Gabe Eltaeb. Godlewski’s storytelling is straightforward without coming within a million miles of dull – the ‘camera angles’ are varied, characters bust out of panel borders, the action is fast and furious… it really is time Godlewski was put on a Superman or Justice League book. And if he can bring the always inventive Eltaeb with him, so much the better – this is one vibrant book. There’s personality-filled lettering, too, courtesy of Wes Abbott.
The cover is by series regular John Timms, and it’s another vivacious effort, coloured by Eltaeb. Editing is by Brittany Holzherr and Bixie Mathieu – let’s hope they have another equally good book prepped to take this one’s place on the DC schedule.
I’d love this series to have gone on for longer – heck, we never did catch up with Empress and Secret (L’il Lobo I can live without) – but we’ve had almost two years of non-stop joy from Bendis’s Wonder Comics imprint. I’ll take that. Thanks guys.