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YOUNG JUSTICE #3
Story: Franco & Art Baltazar/Art: Mike Norton

 

Review Information

Reviewer: Lee Stone
Review Date: April 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: DC Comics

7.5

out of 10

 

 DC Comics has done a mighty fine job of handling comics based on their licensed cartoons and YOUNG JUSTICE is no exception. Viewers of the Cartoon Network show will feel right at home reading the further adventures of the young team of heroes. 

 For those that are new to the book and are not familiar with the cartoon, here's the basic premise: Young Justice is a sort of Junior Justice League that gives the sidekicks of DC's bigger heroes something to do when they're not with their mentors. The group borrows a lot from the '60s TEEN TITANS and the previous YOUNG JUSTICE title. It even has a few similarities with the recent TEEN TITANS cartoon, although this outing is decidedly more serious in tone. 

 This YOUNG JUSTICE is set on an alternate Earth where Dick Grayson (who dresses and acts a lot like Tim Drake) is still Robin, Wally West (who looks and acts a lot like Impulse) is still Kid Flash and Aqualad is a whole new character. Martian Manhunter has a niece, Miss Martian, and Superboy is a clone of Superman (minus the Lex Luthor DNA). Speedy has just quit being Green Arrow's sidekick, becoming Red Arrow in the process, and the mysterious Artemis has taken his place. There are rumors that Wonder Girl will be joining by the end of the year, but there's no indication of whether it will be the Donna Troy or Cassie Sandsmark version. If conclusions were to be drawn from the other characters it'll probably an amalgam of the two with Donna's name. 

 This issue features Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash getting together and planning to foil an assassination attempt by the League of Shadows. The story reminded me a lot of the two-part series premiere for the show as we see the trio embarking on the mission in much the same way that they investigated Cadmus. That event led them to discovering Superboy and forming their own group.  The art by Mike Norton replicates the anime look of the show nicely, but while the feel of the comic stays true to the source material it still hasn't hit its stride. The full team hasn't appeared in action together and we're already on the third issue. The first two was primarily a spotlight on Superboy. Now he and Miss Martian sit this installment out and Artemis hasn't even popped up in the comic series. It's almost like we're not there, yet. 

 Part of this could be because Franco and Art Baltazar were tapped to launch the comic to coincide with the premiere of the cartoon. From what I understand, the writers of the show are going to be doing this book staring on #7 and they needed someone to cover them until then. Hopefully, we will get to see the team kick it into high gear when they arrive on the scene. Although they do deliver a fun story, it seems like the current staff is just doing their best to not overstep any of the plans that are lined up and are playing it safe.






 
 



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