Review: Young Justice #11 Begins A New Adventure BY Bendis And Timms

by Tony Thornley

For the last year Young Justice has been bouncing from one crisis to another, jumping from Gemworld, through the multiverse, and, finally, home on Earth-1. However, there’s no rest for the team, once they arrive right in the middle of a particular young heroine’s origin story…

Brian Michael Bendis, John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, and Wes Abbott continue the team’s wild adventure here.

The team is home, dropping into Port Oswego, Oregon, moments after Batman and Superman left Naomi McDuffie there in recent issues of Action Comics. The team is relieved to realize they’ve made it and are able to take a moment to rest. However, one member of the team has a revelation in the middle of the night that could change Superboy’s life forever!

Bendis takes a breather in this issue, and it makes it one of the strongest issues of the series for that. It allows him to develop his cast a bit more, as well as take a little more time with Naomi. It’s an enjoyable read, however its not without its flaws. 

First of all, if you’ve been following Naomi’s journey, you might realize that every one of her appearances – from her series to Action Comics to this issue – have taken place in the course of less than twenty four hours, which begins to strain believability. Then when you tack on the team’s adventure realistically only being a day or two, and Superboy’s fate, it’s a pace that is hard to keep up with. Hopefully in future issues, the story can slow down a bit without getting decompressed.

Timms is really a star here. His work is extremely expressive and helps the reader connect with the characters. These are young adults struggling through these traumatic experiences, and really just are hanging on, which Timms shows through how they practically collapse once they get the chance. He also nails Superboy’s anger, which makes the impact of what happens to him work really well. Eltaeb’s colors set a great mood, while also doing some fantastic things with power effects and portals.

Young Justice is headed for trouble, and I’m excited to see where this goes!

Young Justice #11 is available now from DC Comics.

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