At the memorial service for the lost Justice League, Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark is pondering life as a teenage superhero. And death.
Heavy. Her mood actually worsens when she sees former Young Justice pals Tim (Robin) Drake, Bart (Impulse) Allen and Conner (Superboy) Kent.
And by the time she joins them after the service, along with onetime YJ stalwart Cissie (Arrowette) King-Jones, she’s feeling almost murderous.
That ‘Bloop’ was Tim, Conner and Bart vanishing, prompting Cassie to ask Cissie to help her track them down.
Now, I get Cissie wanting to swap the hero game for college – being a superhero is a deeply weird life, and certainly not conducive to studying for a degree – ask Dick Grayson and Wally West. But after being pushed into superheroing by her mother, she found she enjoyed being teen archer Arrowette and was a committed YJ member for a long while – she wouldn’t turn her back on Cassie.
Even a Cassie this dark. Who is this young woman taking such a harsh view of her best friends? And why is she acting as if it’s been years since she’s seen any of them? Young Justice got back together only recently and got on pretty well, yet Cassie’s remembrances don’t go past the Geoff Johns Teen Titans run. Wonder Girl is actually wearing her most recent costume (the super-drab one).
So that was confusing. As is Cassie’s burying the lede when she asks the Flash family for a hand.
I’m sure Wally would have been a tad more concerned had she bothered to mention Bart hasn’t just gone off-grid, he was apparently kidnapped by teleporter along with Tim and Conner.
This tie-in to DC’s event du jour, Dark Crisis, becomes a lot more fun as we see where the three boys are.
So much for Cissie’s dismissal of Bart; Tim and Conner are being pulled into this new/old world, while Impulse is focused on solving the mystery of why they’re where they are – YJ didn’t even exist in 1992, the year Superman died.
The person supposedly in need of help is the epitome of distraction.
Well, there’s someone I never expected to see again, a very minor baddie from one of Peter David’s satirical YJ scripts. Her rematch with the lads makes for a fun few pages leading to a most intriguing ending.
Quibbles apart, I’ll certainly be buying the second issue of this mini-series. Being tied to a bigger story involving multiverses and timelines allows for all sorts of nonsense, so perhaps we’ll find out why the recent YJ run is being ignored. If not, I’m sure I can enjoy this on its own terms; I may not agree with some choices – why is no one mentioning other YJ stalwarts, such as Empress and Secret? – but Cassie should certainly be admired for her doggedness. It’s safe to say that Meghan Fitzmartin has me intrigued with her story.
One thing I could have done without was this moment.
Dearie Lord, worrying about x-ray vision as an invasion of privacy? These people are vigilantes, they’re constantly behaving in ways that don’t bear up to scrutiny from a legal viewpoint. I feel I’ve read another recent DC book – maybe Superman: Son of Kal-El – in which x-ray vision was talked of as if its very use was a criminal act. Or perhaps it was a CBR article by some well-meaning young soul. Whatever, can’t we just relax and enjoy a fun, useful, visually interesting super power that’s been around as long as our grandparents?
Laura Braga’s illustrations are beautiful. Every page is replete with great-looking characters, and there’s some fine ‘acting’ going on. The storytelling is sharp, and Braga deserves points for differentiating the equally blonde Cissie and Cassie beyond their hair choices, and handling the superhero crowd scene that opens the issue. Bart’s costume could do with looking more consistent – the lightning design is often way off – but overall this book is blessed to have Braga.
And it also has colour artist Luis Guerrero, who adds a real shine to proceedings with bright and beautiful tones. Letterer Pat Brosseau brings his own art to the story, with personal fonts and fun sound effects galore. Guerrero colours the cover by Max Dunbar, which is a logical design, stylishly executed (dunno what Superboy is doing with a holster, mind).
With five issues to go, this mini has the potential to rebuild Young Justice from the ground up. If it doesn’t manage that, I’ll settle for Cassie cracking a smile…