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Review: Young Justice #1

Young Justice #1 kicks off Wonder Comics, the curated line/imprint of DC Comics headed by Brian Michael Bendis. The issue brings back the fan-favorite team but is this one all about nostalgia? Find out!

Young Justice #1 is by Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason, and Alejandro Sanchez.

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Review: Young Justice #1

Young Justice #1

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in Young Justice #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC!

Brian Michael Bendis‘ comic imprint, Wonder Comics, kicks off with Young Justice #1. And, as far as debuts go, this one is… good. I have no connection to Young Justice. I haven’t read the comics. I haven’t watched the show. Other than the characters in other series, I really have no thoughts on it all. So, coming in fresh, I went into the first issue judging if it was new reader friendly and thankfully, it is.

Bendis delivers an issue that’s kind of standard in that a disaster brings together a bunch of heroes and forces them to form a team out of it all. It just so happens that in this case, some of these heroes know each other. There’s reasons thrown out as to why they’re in Metropolis with most of it being thin but that’s all minor details to quickly move past. Instead, it’s about the interactions and the smart ass quips. And that’s pretty solid.

We don’t get just Robin, Wonder Girl, and Impulse, but we get two newcomers in Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern both of which seem like they could be interesting additions. Jinny especially with her guns adds a factor in there, especially with Robin avoiding killing.

Bendis delivers fun in this first issue with a youthful enthusiasm we’ve seen him deliver elsewhere. It works and works well with an energy about it all that at times is infectious.

That’s helped by Patrick Gleason‘s art and Alejandro Sanchez‘s color. The panel layouts and pages are just amazing in this issue with me lingering on some enjoying the chaos and crazy. The art is fantastic and the first issue wouldn’t succeed at all without. This is a case where the art helps make the story.

The first issue is good and fun. As an entry point for new readers, it’s perfectly fine with little knowledge needed and those who are long time fans should be excited to see folks together and about that final panel. This first issue isn’t groundbreaking at all but what it delivers is entertaining fun and some times that’s all you need.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Patrick Gleason
Color: Alejandro Sanchez Letterer: DC Lettering
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Young Justice #1

Young Justice #1

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t enough, Bendis reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!

Young Justice #1

Young Justice: Outsiders Gets an Official Trailer and Debuts January 4

From Warner Bros. Animation, Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young super heroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC universe, our heroes will face the new threat of metahuman-trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super-powered youths. Young Justice: Outsiders premieres January 4, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

Around the DC Universe: What to Check Out this Week in Movies, TV, and Comics!

Welcome back to Around the DC Universe Graphic Policy’s regular examination of the best and worst content on DC Entertainment’s premier streaming service.

Special Features

For the next few weeks DC Universe will be expanding their selection of issues from the original run of The New Teen Titans (1980) by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in the lead up to the premier of the Titans TV series (the first episode drops October 12th). DC is being cagey about how long issues will remain on the service so my recommendation is to read them as soon as possible because they are really good. Wolfman’s writing, while somewhat dated, holds up better than any of his contemporaries (with the possible exception of Chris Claremont) and Perez’s art improves with every issue reaching towards the pinnacle of his artistic achievement. It’s one of the best books of its era and a masterclass in the form that today’s creators can still draw upon for inspiration. Of particular note is issue #8 (“A Day in the Life”) a nice character piece that fleshes out the series three original creations (Starfire, Cyborg and Raven) and brings them closer to the characters we’ve come to know and love.

Movies and TV

Last week I warned you away from Superman: Doomsday and now I am happy to report that this year’s The Death of Superman is a much more successful adaptation of the original source material (which is still available to read). I love how the creators tied the escalation of the Lois and Clark romance into the fight between Superman and Doomsday. When Lois tells Clark that she loves him for the first time right before he sacrifices himself to save her and Metropolis I was moved to tears. The buildup to the climactic battle is great and the fight itself is even more epic than the one captured in the comics due to better staging and the fact that they used a much more iconic Justice League to really drive home how much of a threat Doomsday really was. The funeral sequence feels a little protracted but it is a nice coda and serves to really whet the appetite for Reign of the Supermen set to be released next year.

I know I’m a bit late to the party here but with the long awaited third season promised to drop soon I decided that it was past time to catch up on Young Justice. I really enjoy how they handle the broader DC Universe, pulling in odd little deep cuts here and there. They are fun easter eggs if you’re familiar with what’s being referenced but not completely confusing if you don’t.  If I have one criticism it’s that in the early episodes they tend to focus on obscure D-list villains in favor of more potent antagonists but this problem seems to be resolving about half way through the series with appearances by Lex Luthor, Ras Al Ghul and the Joker.  

Comics

Green Arrow is a really difficult character to get right. Thus far the best presentation I’ve seen is The CW’s Arrow  but Kevin Smith’s 2000 comic book run is a close second. In Quiver, Oliver Queen returns from the dead with amnesia. He believes that he’s just back from some hard travel with his friend Green Lantern Hal Jordan but years have passed and the world has changed. Regardless of what you may think of his movies Smith knows how to write comics well: his sense of action is flawless and his dialog pithy and on point. Phil Hester’s art is hit or miss for me but his simple sense of style works well here and is a nice complement to Smith’s wordplay. I can’t unequivocally recommend this book since there is some non-explicit sexual situations involving a young girl that some might find triggering (especially given recent events) and a supporting character who is pretending to be a fairly cringeworthy trope but if these are not deal breakers for you the storytelling is of a quality that it is worth reading. Available on DC Universe in Green Arrow (2000-) #1-10.

If you are looking for something a bit more modern there are several arcs available from Geoff Johns’ 2007 Action Comics run with Superman director Richard Donner. In Escape From Bizarro World (with artist Eric Powell) Superman must save Pa Kent from his imperfect clone and a planet full of his offspring (including a Bizarro Justice League). Braniac (with artist Gary Frank) tells the story of the first true confrontation between Superman and one of his arch foes, the evil alien mastermind from the planet Colu. While Johns’ brand of decompressed storytelling isn’t for everyone, this is a case where it works fairly well. It’s an interesting run as the writers seem to be intent on adding elements of both the pre-Crisis comics continuity and the Christopher Reeve Superman films into the stripped-down framework previously established by John Byrne in his 1987 reboot. These stories actually read better taken outside the context of the character’s broader continuity adrift  as they are adrift between major periods of the Superman canon. The tone of Braniac may also feel familiar to those who are following Mark Andreyko and Kevin Maguire’s current run on Supergirl making for interesting comparisons between the two. Available on DC Universe in Action Comics (1938-) #855-857 and #866-870.

NYCC 2018: DC Reveals Details on Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics Imprint including Young Justice!

At New York Comic Con 2018, DC Comics publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee hosted a “Meet the Publishers” panel to kick off the show. There was lots of news including the first details of releases from Brian Michael Bendis‘ imprint Wonder Comics, his personal curated line of teen-focused, in-continuity comics. They’re scheduled to debut in early 2019.

The line will be anchored by the return of Impulse (Bart Allen) and Superboy (Conner Kent), teaming up with Robin (Tim Drake) as the nucleus of an all-new Young Justice, which Bendis will write with art by his Action Comics partner in crime, Patrick Gleason. As a tease for his Saturday evening spotlight panel, Bendis also announced the rest of the first wave of titles:

  • Naomi, which Bendis will co-write with David Walker, featuring art by Jamal Campbell
  • Wonder Twins, written by Mark Russell with art by Stephen Byrne
  • Dial H For Hero, an updated take on the Silver Age classic series from the team of writer Sam Humphries and artist Joe Quinones

DC Universe Launches September 15th on Batman Day

The countdown to DC Universe is down to weeks. To celebrate Batman Day on September 15, 2018, DC Universe will launch a first-of-its kind digital subscription service to fans across the U.S. In addition, the debut date of the exclusive original series Titans was announced as October 12, 2018, with episodes released weekly on DC Universe. The first season of Titans will consist of 12 episodes. Warner Bros. Television will host a world premiere screening of Titans on October 3, 2018, in conjunction with New York Comic Con.

This news and more was revealed during the live stream event of DC Daily yesterday. The new daily news show, focused on all things DC, will be available on the DC Universe service, with select segments also available for viewing at no cost on additional online channels. In the Kevin Smith-hosted live stream, he unveiled the inaugural slate of talent and experts that will host, share news and provide commentary for fans including John Barrowman, Samm Levine and Harley Quinn Smith, among others.

In celebration of the countdown to launch, DC Universe is offering The Ultimate Batman Studio Tour Sweepstakes*. All fans who pre-order until Wednesday, September 12 (5:59 a.m. PT) will be automatically entered for a chance to win. DC UNIVERSE is giving one lucky member the chance to win a one-of-a-kind experience for the Ultimate Batman Fan! The winner gets to visit Warner Bros., take the WB Studio Tour Hollywood, visit DC headquarters, ride in the Batmobile, walkaway with an unbelievable prize package and more. All fans who have already pre-ordered are also automatically entered for a chance to win.

During the live stream, DC Universe features were also demonstrated along with a broad array of exclusive content and merchandise that will be coming to the digital subscription service when it launches on September 15. DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee walked viewers through some of the most exciting fan-forward features of the DC Universe service and shared his excitement for the launch.

Check out below for what was announced during the live stream:

WATCH:

  • The debut date of Titans was announced as October 12, with episodes released weekly. New talent shots and insight on the show’s origins and storyline were also shared
  • Show producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti discussed the much-anticipated season 3 of Young Justice, the exclusive original Young Justice: Outsiders, and previewed a never-before-seen clip of the upcoming series.
  • DC Universe members can catch the first two seasons of Young Justice starting on launch day while they await the debut of Young Justice: Outsiders in 2019.

READ:

  • Many of the comics that will premiere with the digital subscription service were shared, including: the first appearances of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Additionally, many other fan favorites will be available including Batman: Gothic, The Authority series, Green Arrow: Year One, Shazam, The New Teen Titans, Identity Crisis, The Batman Adventures, Jack Kirby’s New Gods, and many more DC classics.

EXPLORE:

  • DC Daily co-hosts were announced, including Tiffany Smith as the DC Daily news anchor. Additional talent introduced includes:
  • John Barrowman, known to DC fans from TV shows including Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Doctor Who. He also wrote the Dark Archer comic book series.
  • Samm Levine, actor, host and comedian known for his first breakout role as a member of the “geek” half of the acclaimed, landmark series Freaks and Geeks (1999).
  • Harley Quinn Smith, actress, comic fan and daughter of Kevin Smith.
  • Sam Humphries, comic book writer and photographer who is currently authoring Harley Quinn.
  • Hector Navarro, self-described “cartoon nerd” and host on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel as well as co-host of Cineverse on Hyper RPG.
  • Clarke Wolfe, popular correspondent for Nerdist, Collider, Syfy, has become one of the most prominent female voices within the nerd and geek culture space.
  • Brian Tong, known for his video segments covering geek culture, Brian will bring his fan-focused approach to DC Daily segments.
  • Markeia McCarty, actress, improviser, journalist and host of DC Movie News.
  • John Kourounis, Warner Bros. on-air personality and actor.

WIN:

  • Jim Lee created a drawing live on-set during the live stream and it was added to the prize package for the winner of the “The Ultimate Batman Studio Tour Sweepstakes.” Fans who pre-order before 11:59pm PT on Monday, September 10, 2018, will be entered for a chance to win.*
  • DC Daily revealed the winner of the Aquaman Premiere Sweepstakes held for pre-order members during Comic Con International, San Diego earlier this year.

SHOP:

  • Justice League animated exclusive action figures were unboxed and showcased along with exclusive tees and additional details about the Shop feature on DC Universe.

CONNECT:

  • Community features were highlighted and fan questions about the service were read and answered live by Kevin Smith and other talent.

DC Universe is a first-of-its-kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. At $7.99 per month or $74.99 annually, membership includes all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise. Additional fan features include opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. or DC who are 18 or older. Sweepstakes ends 9/12/18 at 5:59:00 a.m. PT. Limit 1 entry per person. For Official Rules, including odds and prize details, visit BatmanStudioTourSweeps.com. Sponsor: DC Universe.

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