Column by Steve Bennett
Posted by Steve Bennett on January 9, 2019 @ 6:16 pm CT
Projects by publishers meant to attract new, younger readers are always of interest to me, the same way I'm always eager to read anything written by Brian Bendis. So when I read the announcement about a new project which combined the two, DC's teen-focused pop-up imprint Wonder Comics, let's just say it got my attention. And when I learned that along with being curated by Bendis, two of its initial four titles (Young Justice, Naomi) were going to be co-written by him, I was absolutely all in. Then I promptly forgot about the whole thing until I noticed Young Justice #1 was shipping this week.
Having read it, I can say Young Justice #1 (co-written by artist Patrick Gleason) did not disappoint. It probably should be noted though that, except for the title, this comic has nearly nothing to do with the new episodes of the Young Justice animated series streaming on DC Universe. Actually, seeing as how it features Superboy and Impulse, it has more in common with the pre-"New 52" Young Justice series written by Peter David. I know this will be good news for all of the fans who have been fretting about whether Conner Kent or Bart Allen was ever going to be a part of the DC Universe again.
But as so often is the case with me and these super teen teams, I tend to fixate on the frequently odder new characters. Which in the case of Young Justice includes Jinny Hex, a distant relation of Jonah Hex who has inherited a “trunk full of DC crap.” Or Teen Lantern, a girl from Bolivia who has (somehow) hacked into the main Green Lantern power battery.
If you're unfamiliar with this version* it’s because over the years she’s been repeatedly revamped and revised until all her authentic aspects have been removed. And she was reduced to someone that the standard male superhero fan could take seriously; just another generic magic-wielder. This Amethyst is currently a member of Justice League Dark, apparently. I’ll be honest, having never read an issue I had no idea this was the case until I looked up her entry at the Comic Vine Wiki.
Right now these hopes are being pinned on the recent announcement Bendis Working on Young Justice Spinoff with Major Female Creator. And while that creator has yet to be revealed, the spinoff is definitely Amethyst. To quote Bendis, "Amethyst has a major creator already signed on. This creator was my first and only pick for the project and she said yes!" So, here's hoping against hope that this time it actually happens.
Hopefully, I’ve demonstrated that I like super teens, I especially like them when they come in teams. And while I’m gratified that there are now more comics intended for a young adult audience being published by DC I do have to wonder. Do they all have to be about super teens? Which is a topic I'll get to next week...
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