Review: ‘Young Justice’ #13 Returns To The World Of Warlord

by Tony Thornley

Since DC Comics’ Wonder Comics imprint was founded last year, it’s brought back multiple classic DC concepts and given it a modern polish. In Young Justice #13, one of the most unique concepts in DC history returns, with one of its most notable creators.

Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, John Timms, Michael Avon Oeming, Mike Grell, Gabe Eltaeb, and Wes Abbott take the team to Skartaris!

Superboy is trapped on Skartaris, but thankfully he’s been found by none other than Travis Morgan, the Warlord. It’s a good thing too, because his friends are on the way but they may be too late. After all, Skartaris is a dangerous and unpredictable place…

Bendis is joined by new co-writer Walker, and it gives the series a breath of fresh air. The scenes between Superboy and Warlord have a fun spark, advancing the plot while delivering enough exposition that any reader unfamiliar with the world of Warlord will get it by the end of the issue. They also juggle the large cast back on Earth deftly. Though not every character gets significant panel time, they all get a moment, each perfectly in character.

Though we get three artists in the issue, each set different tones and have different roles in the story. Oeming’s scenes between Superboy and Warlord carry the weight of Conner struggling through everything he’s been through in the last year. Grell provides a batch of great pin-ups, setting the tone for Skartaris. Meanwhile Timms continues his strong character work, anchoring the story.

Young Justice is diving deep into the DCU’s history, and readers are clearly in for a wild ride.

Young Justice #13 is available now from DC Comics.

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