There are some superhero groups that almost everyone is aware of—your Justice Leagues and your Teen Titans, you realize the ones—after which there are the ones which are rather less well-known, like the Outsiders, Secret Six or Shadowpact. Their lack of movie star does not make them any much less essential, in fact, however you are in all probability much less possible to end up hanging up conversations with individuals on the road about them. And then, there are the ones that by some means sit proper in the center between the two extremes—groups that you’ve got undoubtedly heard of for one cause or one other however won’t know what they’re or the place they got here from.
Teams like Young Justice.
Now, in case you’re a DC Universe subscriber or only a fan of DC animation typically, likelihood is you’ve got seen the Young Justice TV present, and which will or is probably not why the identify sounds acquainted to you. But I am not speaking about the Young Justice cartoon, I am speaking about the YOUNG JUSTICE comedian, which, coincidentally, simply so occurred to drop a brand-new problem #1 this week by none aside from Brian Michael Bendis and Patrick Gleason.
It may be somewhat complicated, however the fact is the Young Justice comedian, and the group that stars in it, is definitely a completely separate entity from its animated counterpart. There are some member overlaps and a few clear influences shared between the two, however they’re truly utterly distinctive to each other.
The comedian is one thing of a contemporary basic, however it’s one you won’t acknowledge. It originally ran from 1998 to 2003 and targeted on Tim Drake, Conner Kent, Bart Allen and Cassie Sandsmark, alongside some lesser recognized heroes like Greta Hayes (aka Secret) and Cissie King-Jones (aka Arrowette), forming a workforce for the DC Universe’s youngest era of heroes.
Now, when you’re considering, “Wait, isn’t that just like the Teen Titans?”—the reply is sure! Young Justice truly match completely into the line of succession discovered inside the Teen Titans groups. The staff identify was dropped in 2003 not as a result of Young Justice disbanded, however as a result of the core members went on to turn out to be the new incarnation of the Teen Titans after the appropriately titled crossover occasion, TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY.
But now, in the Rebirth period, we have got a new new group of Teen Titans led by Damian Wayne, leaving the Young Justice area of interest large open and prepared for a long-awaited revamp. That’s the place YOUNG JUSTICE #1 is available in, bringing the acquainted faces of the unique staff members—Tim, Cassie, Bart and Conner—again collectively for the first time since the daybreak of the New 52.
Tim’s spent the majority of his time post-Rebirth over in DETECTIVE COMICS, whereas Bart solely lately got here again into the image over in THE FLASH—you will need to read FLASH WAR for that story. Both Cassie and Conner are fairly main returns making their first Rebirth appearances proper right here on this debut challenge—so don’t be concerned, you do not have to meet up with something they have been up to simply but. In reality, you do not want to meet up with anybody to bounce into this story. It stands utterly by itself…however you definitely can go decide up a commerce or two simply to bolster your background information, if you’d like to.
That’s actually the great thing about the Young Justice spirit, and what made them such a beloved pressure in the early 2000s. The staff comes from nearly each nook of the DCU at giant they usually’re all deeply related to a few of the richest and most impactful continuity the universe has to supply, however they’re all experiencing it and coping with it in an entire new method. It’s the good approach to ease into the greater image with out instantly leaping into the deep finish and with out having to return and dig by means of again points or previous tales to construct a basis. And in addition to, what higher method to study extra about Batman than by means of a Robin, or about Wonder Woman than via her former sidekick?
Of course, the Young Justice workforce itself is simply enjoyable, even with out the attraction of their mentors. They might not all the time be the greatest at what they do, however they’re very happy to hold making an attempt, and is not that what actually issues in the finish?
You can leap into this long-awaited new chapter of the Young Justice legacy this week with Young Justice #1, and catch the lengthy awaited third season of the different Young Justice over on DC Universe right now. No matter the way you slice it, it is a good time to be a Young Justice fan.
Meg Downey covers films, TV and comics for DCComics.com, and writes about Batman every month in her column, “Gotham Gazette.” She’s additionally a daily contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly tv column. Follow her on Twitter at @rustypolished.