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Preview: Young Justice #18

Young Justice #18

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker
Art by:
Scott Godlewski, Michael Avon Oeming

At last, the coolest couple in the DCU gets the spotlight! Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown have sacrificed so much. For each other. For their families. For Young Justice. Now, Tim and Stephanie must take control of their destinies as Young Justice gathers together to help overcome their criminal pasts!

Young Justice #18

Preview: Young Justice #17

Young Justice #17

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker
Art by: Scott Godlewski

This very special issue focuses directly on the friendship at the heart of Young Justice: Conner, Tim, and Bart-a.k.a. Superboy, Drake, and Impulse. As younger men, these three iconic heroes built Young Justice on their friendship. Now their dream has grown and changed as much as they have. And with the demands of adulthood pulling them in different directions, they realize that nights like this one may never happen again.

Young Justice #17

Review: Discombobulated: The Exploration

DISCOMBOBULATED: THE EXPLORATION

There are times in our lives where we question everything. When we wonder if we are living a lie. In these instances, we ponder our circumstances and the people we surround ourselves with. It also begs us to question our choices in life and for those who we are responsible for.

This sometimes makes us take chances. This is when those closest to those of us may think we are crazy. In truth, we may be, but at least we lived. In the eleventh story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David decides to take a chance.

We find David, ruminating on what Annie told him and what his inner conscience has revealed to him. He ponders over the last year including his episode with K’Tel, which made him question his sexuality but opened himself to even more questions. David eventually looks to K’Tel for direction but not to be a guide, as simply a sounding board as he still doesn’t understand everything about bisexuality. By the story’s end, David becomes more aware of his ignorance.

Overall, a candid chapter about the creator. The story by David F. Walker is honest. The art by CM Dyer and Marcus Kwame Anderson is fantastic. Altogether, a story that shows the complications of choices as an adult.

Story: David F. Walker Art: CM Dyer, Marcus Kwame Anderson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: The Return: Back to Therapy

DISCOMBOBULATED: THE RETURN: BACK TO THERAPY

For many of us, time is all we have these days. Hours turn into days and days turn into weeks. For some of us, it’s a time for us to get to know ourselves. For others, it is a nice way to do those home improvements we have endlessly neglected.

We also tend to work on things that we never had time for before. So when we pick some of those things back up, it can be some work. Our excuses still exist but don’t matter as much. In the tenth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David decides to revisit this very comic.

We find David, utilizing those same excuses he has always, as his inner voice brings him back to reality, realizing the finger-pointing should go only one direction. As he attempts to bare his soul to his therapist, she reveals to him, that he never has taken responsibility for his marriage and divorce. He also tries to make amends with Annie, which goes as planned, horribly. By story’s end, David learns he has to be truthful with himself before moving on with his life

Overall, an honest chapter which shows why fans love this strip. The story by David F. Walker is comical. The art by DJ Parnell is spectacular. Altogether, a story that shows Walker’s openness with his audience.

Story: David F. Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Young Justice #16

Young Justice #16

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker
Art by: Scott Godlewski

Impulse unleashed! Bartholomew Henry Allen II has traveled to the edges of space and time-and along the way, he’s discovered truths that he’s kept from even his closest friends. Until now. The truth behind the legacy of Young Justice is revealed! What does tomorrow hold for Young Justice?

Young Justice #16

Review: Discombobulated: The Things We Tell Our Therapist

DISCOMBOBULATED: THE THINGS WE TELL OUR THERAPIST

In the time we’re living in now, it’s difficult to prioritize anything over staying alive. Many of the things we complained about before have become ridiculous. The people we had disagreements with suddenly aren’t on top of the pyramid of our worries. Our mental health is what will either sustain us or damage us during this pandemic.

A growing concern is if cabin fever leads to crimes within the household. An increase in domestic violence is a valid concern. Men in these situations often let their anger lead the way. In the ninth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David chooses a more peaceful path with Annie, one which he talks through with his therapist.

We find David, meeting with his therapist who gives him an unprofessional opinion, which he is an idiot for the way he reacted to Annie. This also when his therapist tries to lead him to the point that he also has an imaginary girlfriend, who more than bares a passing resemblance to She-Hulk. As an argument plays out in his mind, where his imaginary girlfriend, tries to break up with him, buy pointing out all his faults. By the story’s end, David’s imaginary girlfriend breaks up with him to go with his subconscious.

Overall, an interesting chapter which shows the inner workings of our protagonist. The story by David F. Walker is funny. The art by DJ Parnell is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that shows Walker’s skills with comedy.

Story: David F. Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: Mistook

DISCOMBOBULATED: MISTOOK

Misunderstandings happen every day which is why communication is so crucial. You never want to have your intentions, actions, or words to be misconstrued. As a single cisgender male, I often wonder if a smile or being friendly may be taken the wrong way. I cannot count on my hands how many times women have taken it as me hitting on them and just not being friendly.

Then there are times when I show interest and the women do not find me attractive or only see me as a friend. This is a constant struggle for most men. You want to be yourself but you don’t want to come off the wrong way either. In the fifth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, our protagonist has gotten caught up in a rather awkward situation.

We find David, free from Annie, out with a new male friend, who he soon finds out misconstrued their encounter as a date and assumed he was bisexual. As his new friend’s initial assumption is based on his social media profile, leading to why he thought David was in the first place. As David’s new friend starts to explain why he thought David was bisexual, he eventually objectifies him. By story’s end, even though David is not attracted to him, he attempts to break things off amicably.

Overall, a funny chapter that shows the complexity of perception. The story by David F. Walker is appealing and enjoyable. The art by DJ Parnell and Marcus Kwame is striking. Altogether, a story that shows how important first impressions are.

Story: David F Walker Art: DJ Parnell  & Marcus Kwame
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: The Alter(ed) Ego

DISCOMBOBULATED – “The Alter(ed) Ego”

As a child of the 1980s, I can honestly say I did not know how unique of a decade it was. This is when popular culture was at its height, as can be seen today in all the revivals in every medium. This is no coincidence as many of us who grew up then are now parents and in some cases grandparents. All of John Hughes movies are now considered classics and it also was the decade that gave us names like Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

As iconic as television shows of the decade were, there was something also unique about the movies. It gave us Goonies and Risky Business, and Revenge of the Nerds. As with many movies, not all were good, but many were well-intentioned, like the movie, Hunk, which was about how a computer nerd made a deal with the Devil to get a muscled up body. In the third story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, our protagonist has a conversation with his better self if he actually worked out and ate healthily

We find David, as he sees an athletic version of himself, as it tells him everything he knew but didn’t want to hear. As this alter ego digs more into his insecurities, even into his own racial identity, where its pointed out this version is darker in complexion. David finally realizes that those insecurities serve him no purpose, as everyone has them, and he should not feel bad for having them. By story’s end, he realizes his own self hatred is his own worst enemy .

Overall, a ruckus episode that is both self-deprecating and hilarious. The story by David F. Walker is appealing and amusing. The art by DJ Parnell and Von Porter is stunning. Altogether, a story that shows introspection is good only for a time.

Story: David F Walker Art: DJ Parnell and Von Porter
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobluated: Reconsillyation

DISCOMBOBLUATED: RECONSILLYATION

When it comes to most wars across the world, the facts of the war are pretty much not up for dispute. Historians can agree on what happened at the Battle Of Normandy. Then there are wars where “facts” depend on who tells it. Take, for instance, the Mexican American War, where they view Pancho Villa as a hero while America has looked at him as an antagonist.

James Bowie and William B. Travis, are considered heroes of the Alamo, while Mexican history has always looked at them as agitators. Then there is the whole drama behind the War Of 1812, where to this day, no one can agree who won that war. This becomes even more entangled in personal relationships, where no one can agree on anything. In the eighth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David tries to amicably come to terms with Annie.

We find David, meeting Annie, where she assumes he is there to apologize to her for any misgivings, but he is looking for a more equitable end. As David soon realizes that there is no middle ground with her, as she takes liberties with his amenability, as she thinks his olive branch is his way of them getting back together. David eventually takes his apology back and understands immediately that reaching back out to her was a mistake. By the story’s end, David finally realizes how silly reconciliation is and decides to go back to his therapist.

Overall, a fascinating chapter which shows the ills of dealing with exes. The story by David F. Walker is side-splitting. The art by DJ Parnell is wonderful. Altogether, a story that gives an honest look at reconciliation.

Story: David F. Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Young Justice #15

Young Justice #15

Young Justice versus S.T.A.R. Labs! What happens when a universe reboots right under you? Conner is about to find out! The entire Young Justice team confronts the evil genius behind S.T.A.R. Labs and the truth about Conner Kent. Young Justice #15 wraps up the current story arc while setting up what’s to come.

Conner Kent is back and the truth about how he fits into the DC Universe is revealed. Writers Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker wrap up this story arc with a fun and wild ride of a finale. Conner has been absent for years in DC, so where has he been? Bendis and Walker give us a simple answer in a way, an explanation that we’ve seen in other stories and media. It’s not a complicated reason and easy to accept and move on.

There’s a really intelligent direction about this in that it allows the reader to focus more on the interaction of the characters more. That’s where a lot of the strength of this series lays. There’s an energy and enthusiasm from the characters that’s fitting for their age. There’s also a sense of love and family that radiates from the page. You really get the sense these are heroes who are happy their friend is back, even the characters who didn’t know him. There’s lots of humor as everyone has their moment and quips fly around. It’s just a fun comic with a lot of energy.

Part of that enthusiasm is due to the art of John Timms and Scott Godlewski. Along with colors by Gabe Eltaeb and letterer Wes Abbott, there’s a lot packed in every panel. There’s a lot of characters here but it works. The fact there’s so many characters packed into the issue is a challenge, but Timms and Godlewski know exactly where to focus and where to put in some visual jokes as well. A facial expression or stance is used to tell the story and what a character might be thinking. Eltaeb’s colors pop on the page and deliver a vibe that matches the youthful exuberance of the series.

Young Justice #15 is a solid finale to the storyline delivering a simple explanation for a character’s absence. The reuniting of the team feels like the old friends back together like it should be. It ties into DC’s meta story well without shaking things up too much but also playing off of mysteries established years ago. It also sets up something to come that has been teased since this series launched. Young Justice #15 sets up an interesting team for the future bringing together the younger heroes in a large group that will hopefully rotate the members delivering something regularly new going forward. It’s a fun series that sticks to the more positive attitude of “Rebirth” and full of potential.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker Art: John Timms, Scott Godlewski
Color: Gabe Eltaeb Letterer: Wes Abbott
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


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