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  • F.T. Wolf

Review: Young Justice Vol. 1: Gemworld

Updated: Jun 5

Last week I took a look at my personal favourite story-arc of Marvels Champions and after finishing that review I was in the mood for some more teenage superheroes. So, let's jump to the competition and see what they're cooking up on that front at the moment, shall we? Most people nowadays will most likely think of the animated TV show when they hear the name Young Justice, but I can tell you now, that's very much a different beast than the comic book version. Young Justice is, for those of you who don't know, a superhero team made up of teenagers introduced in the '90s.

Compared to the Teen Titans, DC's most prominent young superhero team, Young Justice put more focus on a general sense of fun and was 'weirder', zanier. What I read of that initial Young Justice run, the book felt more like a comedy yet not without drama and even some really dark and kind off messed up moments (I'm looking at you Secret & Harm)! This tone, this combination of fun and excitement mixed with some real drama and situations relatable to teens is what, in my opinion, made the original Young Justice series so beloved by its readers. I think a combination of this love for the series, combined with DC trying to promote itself to a younger audience and lighten up the tone of its books and with the popularity and recognition of the name through the TV show is what made them decide to bring the team back under its new 'Wonder Comics' imprint.

So, how does this new incarnation of the team stack up to its original? Has Brian Michael Bendis successfully captured that original Young Justice spirit or are these book just a cheap imitation? Let's find out by taking a look at the team's first story together, collected in Young Justice volume 1, fittingly titled: Gemworld.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Kris Anka, Viktor Bogdanovic, Patrick Gleason, Emanuela Lupacchino, Evan Shaner &am