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Preview: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 (of 6)

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 (of 6)

(W) Meghan Fitzmartin (A) Laura Braga (CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Sep 20, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Young Justice against the world! The fake reality that Superboy, Impulse, and Robin are trapped in has completely turned against them, sending the full force of the JLA and the Titans they grew up with against them. It will take all of their combined might to fight through this onslaught and find out who is responsible for their imprisonment. Meanwhile, Wonder Girl, Arrowette, and Red Tornado head to San Francisco’s Titans Island in search of assistance, but all they find are bad memories.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 (of 6)

Preview: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3

(W) Meghan Fitzmartin (A) Laura Braga (CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Aug 16, 2022
SRP: $3.99

SINS OF THE OLD! In response to their lack of gratitude, the world holding Superboy, Impulse, and Tim Drake captive has brought back the three villains who have caused them the most pain to keep them in their place: Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, and Lex Luthor. Old wounds will open. Wonder Girl and her search team will have to hurry up before there’s no Young Justice left to save!

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3

Preview: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2

Written by: Meghan Fitzmartin
Art by: Laura Braga

Impulse, Superboy, and Tim Drake were just saved by Cassie Sandsmark, Wonder Girl in the strange fantasy word they’re trapped in. And she’s here to help them navigate their retro surroundings. But…Cassie Sandsmark is back on our Earth searching for her friends alongside Red Tornado and the superhero formerly known as Arrowette. Which Cassie is lying and who’s about to get burned?!

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2

Review: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

I don’t know a ton about Young Justice. There’s some small runs or stories I’ve read. I never watched the cartoon. I generally don’t know the history. So, when a comic has a lot to do with all of the ups and downs of a team in the past, you’d think it’d be hard to get into. Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 isn’t really that case.

Meghan Fitzmartin keeps Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 pretty simple. With the heroes gone, Young Justice is back together to mourn the “loss” of their mentors and friends. The team hasn’t been one for quite a while and Fitzmartin does a good job of delivering the basics as to what has happened to them through the years. For those new to the team and coming into it as an event tie-in, you’ll get what you need to know.

Where the comic does really well is where it goes from the drama. The men of the team, Connor, Bart, and Tim, are whisked away into what seems like the past. How? Why? Who knows!? That’s the gist of the comic as Cassie takes it upon herself to find her missing friends who everyone else thinks have gone off to mourn on their own. It’s a simple mystery and one that left me scratching my head enough to want to know what’s going on.

The art by Laura Braga is good. With color by Luis Guerrero and Pat Brosseau the characters look like themselves and there’s a lot of characters packed in at times. When the eventually battle happens, there’s some rather humorous placement and visual jokes as well. But, Braga’s style isn’t one I totally go for. It’s good and works but also not one that gets me really excited. There’s times, but this is one where it’s perfectly fine visually.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 is a perfectly fine offshoot of the event that has some interesting moments. The reaction of the older heroes has a lot of potential and says so much about how this group is seen. There’s definitely something here but overall this might be for folks who are fans of the characters.

Story: Meghan Fitzmartin Art: Laura Braga
Color: Luis Guerrero Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

(W) Meghan Fitzmartin (A) Laura Braga (CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Jun 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Crises have always had devastating impacts on the generation of heroes that make up Young Justice, and Dark Crisis will hit them even harder. Tim Drake, Impulse, and Superboy go missing during the Justice League’s funeral. The only person concerned enough to find them? Cassie Sandsmark, a.k.a Wonder Girl. But…the three boys of Young Justice aren’t on this Earth anymore…they’re on the world of their dreams, one they may never want to leave!

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

Preview: Trial of the Amazons #2

Trial of the Amazons #2

(W) Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and Joëlle Jones (A) Joëlle Jones, Elena Casagrande, Skylar Patridge, and Laura Braga (CA) Jim Cheung
In Shops: Apr 26, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Written by Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and Joelle Jones Art by Joelle Jones, Elena Casagrande, Skylar Patridge, and Laura Braga With the trial postponed and the greater evil revealed, the very existence of the Amazons is at stake! A foe from Diana’s past has come through Doom’s Doorway seeking revenge and anarchy to destroy Wonder Woman and her people once and for all. Only then can he escape Themyscira and bring Man’s World to its knees! Now the Amazons must unite to save their way of life and carry out the sacred mission of peace and justice passed down to them by the goddesses all those years ago. Led by Wonder Woman, these women are now ready for the battle they’ve spent all their lives preparing for. Can anything stop the combined strength of the Bana-Mighdall, Esquecida, and Themyscirans? Find out in the final chapter of our crossover that will change the world of the Amazons for good!

Trial of the Amazons #2

Preview: Trial of the Amazons #1

Trial of the Amazons #1

Written by: Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Joëlle Jones, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan
Art by: Skylar Patridge, Laura Braga, Elena Casagrande, Joëlle Jones

After the events of Nubia & the Amazons, the dangers of Doom’s Doorway have found their way to Man’s World and garnered the attention of not one, but all three Amazonian tribes. The Bana-Mighdall consider it to be a weakness in the current regime and have decided to return to the shores of Themyscira to stake their claim over the island. Little do they know, the Esquecida are not far behind, but instead looking for help to combat the evil unleashed. Tempers rise and swords are brandished as the women argue about the best course of action.

Now, Queen Nubia must show them all the way to peace by calling for one of the most famous Amazon traditions…the Contest. Who among them is worthy of leading them into the future? Find out as the bravest, wisest, and fiercest warriors compete to be champion of all the Amazons!

DC Comics proudly presents the first Wonder Woman crossover of its kind, brought to you by the writers behind Wonder WomanNubia & the Amazons, and Wonder Girl and some of the best and brightest artists in the industry. You won’t want to miss this monumental story that brings all the Wonder Woman titles and characters together and changes them for good!

Trial of the Amazons #1

Preview: Trial of the Amazons #1

Trial of the Amazons #1

Written by: Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Joëlle Jones, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan
Art by: Skylar Patridge, Laura Braga, Elena Casagrande, Joëlle Jones

After the events of Nubia & the Amazons, the dangers of Doom’s Doorway have found their way to Man’s World and garnered the attention of not one, but all three Amazonian tribes. The Bana-Mighdall consider it to be a weakness in the current regime and have decided to return to the shores of Themyscira to stake their claim over the island. Little do they know, the Esquecida are not far behind, but instead looking for help to combat the evil unleashed. Tempers rise and swords are brandished as the women argue about the best course of action.

Now, Queen Nubia must show them all the way to peace by calling for one of the most famous Amazon traditions…the Contest. Who among them is worthy of leading them into the future? Find out as the bravest, wisest, and fiercest warriors compete to be champion of all the Amazons!

DC Comics proudly presents the first Wonder Woman crossover of its kind, brought to you by the writers behind Wonder WomanNubia & the Amazons, and Wonder Girl and some of the best and brightest artists in the industry. You won’t want to miss this monumental story that brings all the Wonder Woman titles and characters together and changes them for good!

Trial of the Amazons #1

Preview: Harley Quinn #12

Harley Quinn #12

(W) Stephanie Phillips
(A) Laura Braga

If Superman had to deal with a bomb on a runaway train barreling toward Gotham, he’d just throw the whole thing into outer space like a football. Zatanna would do some cool magic thing. Aquaman would, like, summon an army of bomb-defusing dolphins or something. But I’m Harley Quinn…and I can’t do any of those things. So how am I gonna defuse the bomb, save Kevin, and stop Keepsake from destroying Gotham? Well…I’m workin’ on it, okay? Don’t rush me! But I’ve definitely, certainly, without a doubt got it handled. Probably.

Harley Quinn #12

Review: I Am Batman #5

I Am Batman #5

I love John Ridley‘s work. His run with this new take on Batman has been fantastic delivering something new and different. We know, Jace’s Batman will be heading to New York City to start a whole new direction, so, does the end of this arc leading up to that stick the landing? Sadly no. I Am Batman #5 has some historic moments but overall those fall a bit short in an issue that feels too rushed and missing Ridley’s usual character focus.

Jace is up against the next iteration of the Magistrate’s program which is being helped by his father’s technology. Things don’t look good and the issue does a solid job of delivering a fight where Batman feels overpowered. But, it all feels like beats to get us to the latter part of the issue where the real impact is meant.

Up to this point, Jace has generally kept his lower mouth covered. He was Batman not “Black Batman”. Removed only once (might be twice) this was a series about a hero attempting to find himself and doing things his way, not the way of Bruce Wayne’s Batman. Here, the fight is a tough one causing his lower mask to be shattered revealing his skin color to his pursuers, including his father.

This should be a moment with a lot of heft to it. Ridley is amazing at delivering that punch and forcing the reader and viewer to dive deeper than the initial moment. In this case, a police force is the cause of this sort-of unmasking. White officers revealing the identity of their Black suspect feels like it should be more of a thing, but it sort of putters. It feels like there should be deeper meaning or a deeper moment to that, but it doesn’t land.

That moment is saved for later as Jace and his father Lucius have a discussion each with cards on the table. There we get the statement of the impact of a Black Batman, what that means and how powerful it can be. The reader is told this is important instead of it being shown to be important. It deflates the moment in some ways taking what should be an iconic image and making it something a little less. There’s almost too much thrown in as Lucius also discusses his own struggles and how he himself can help raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental health. It’s important but like the face reveal feels kind of thrown in.

Things aren’t helped by the art. Christian Duce, Juan Ferreyra, and Laura Braga all contribute to the art. Unfortunately, their styles are so different the switch stands out. It’s jarring and there’s no reason storywise for it to happen. While I read, it took me out of the story the three are so different in their delivery. None really nail down those “moments” either. The art isn’t bad and the series has generally staid away from the typical Batman poses but this is an issue where it could have really been used and used in poetic ways to visually have Jace standing up as Batman who happens to be Black not Black Batman. The trio are joined by Rex Lokus on color and Troy Peteri on lettering.

I Am Batman #5 unfortunately falls short of what it could be. This is an issue that could plant a flag that there’s a Batman that’s not Bruce Wayne and not White. This is a new Batman going off in his own direction and who is an icon for multiple reasons. Instead, the issue feels rushed attempting to wrap up its initial storyline, giving us an important moment between father and son, and setting up the next arc. None of that really gets the amount of time it needs. It’s an unusual stumble for Ridley and hopefully one that lasts just this one issue.

Story: John Ridley Art: Christian Duce, Juan Ferreyra, Laura Braga
Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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