Review: The Youth Are In Revolt In ‘Young Justice’ #14 BY Bendis, Walker, Timms And Oeming
by Tony Thornley
For over a year now, the youth of the DC Universe have been after answers about their past. Young Justice #14 brings them closer to the answers than ever before, as the kids take on the establishment.
Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, John Timms, Michael Avon Oeming, Gabe Eltaeb, and Wes Abbott bring Young Justice answers.
Impulse has gathered a league of young heroes just as Young Justice stands over the source of all their troubles- STARLabs. Meanwhile Superboy is still trapped in Skartaris with a Kryptonite-armed wizard. Can the team rescue their teammate and find the answers they’re looking for?
Bendis and Walker blow the series wide open. Though the expansion of the cast is a bit too much they do keep most of the focus on the core six characters, allowing for an emotional resolution to their arcs from the past year of stories. The one exception though is returning Young Justice founder Arrowette who doesn’t get a lot of page time, but her reintroduction has a great emotional beat acknowledging her history and place with the team. Best of all, it’s balanced with action that makes for a fun read.
Timms and Oeming put the emotional arc of the story on the page. Timms gives the action a large scale, and shows the characters’ connection with one another. Oeming’s pages are more intimate, with an emphasis on their individual struggles. Eltaeb’s colors tie it all together, preventing tonal whiplash between the two artists’ very different styles.
The DC Universe is getting complicated for its young heroes, and it continues to be one of the most fun reads out of the big two.
Young Justice #14 is available now from DC Comics.