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Young Justice Vol. 1 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-04-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 25 user ratings
ISBN:1401233570
LANGUAGE:English

"This trade collects issues #1-6 of Young Justice (the tie-in comic for the animated series, not the original comic of the same name).

I'm a big fan of the Young Justice animated series, which created it's own ground up take on the DC Universe (instead of adapting any particular established title or continuity) to create a wonderfully deep and compelling narrative. It focuses on a core group of young heroes forming a covert ops team for the Justice League, draws inspiration from everything from Teen Titans to it's original namesake comic, and is one of the best animated shows I've seen in years. So with it's disappointing cancellation I'm finally getting around to the highly regarded tie in comic.

I actually read volumes 2 and 3 first as they were supposed to tie closer to the TV series and be better in general (an opinion I agree with). Reading the comic out of order didn't hinder me at all, but this series is intended to be a companion to the show and it is best to have seen some of it. This volume itself doesn't go very far time-wise and just the first few episodes would be enough.

These issues show what the team is doing while waiting for Batman to make a decision on their future and also shares the origins for this continuity of the five initial members. The tone and humor is a little uneven as the comic (and show) was still growing into it's style and atmosphere, but it's still a fun read. The background on the team and their headquarters and some hints about things later in the series are interesting and help flesh out the universe. The comic is more character focused than the show (which is heavier on plot) and thus really compliments it well.

While I enjoyed the later volumes more this is still a nice supplement for fans of the titular animation. This volume would be fairly accessible even without familiarity with the show, but you'll get a lot more out of it if you know what happens there.
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"I previously reviewed the second volume of this ongoing series, and had high praise for it. This is a review of the first volume, which was somewhat weaker, but still a good read. This book begins with the first issue, which takes up right after the first episode of the series Young Justice, and goes through the timeline for the first couple of episodes, telling the story of the team's exploits during the time not presented on the show.

This is one of the strengths of this volume, in that various story details and even previews (like the look and feel of the YJ universe's Joker, for instance) were given early. All of this was great, but there were a few problems. First of all, it is apparent that these early issues were not as heavily directed by show-runner Greg Weisman (of Gargoyles fame), in that the plotting wasn't nearly as good as in the later issues, where he had more of a direct role. The other weak point is really one of necessity. That necessity being that the plots were all really "lead-up" stories. The thing to understand is that Young Justice (both the cartoon and the comics) is very arc-heavy. The episodes have their own individual plots and resolutions, to be sure, but they all interconnect in a way that will remind some folks of shows like Alias, LOST, and Battlestar Galactica, for instance. What's more, these comic adventures were almost exclusively dedicated to setting up later plots that would appear in future episodes/issues. Therefore, unlike the later issues of the comic/most of the episodes of the series, these stories were without much of a "payoff" or ending of any kind. This was necessary, so I can't really be too hard on the writers for this, but it also made these early issues not as much fun to read, quite frankly.

One story that I loved that some other reviewers hated, was the campfire tales comic, where the characters all told their origin stories. The stories were quite poignant, actually. M'Gann (we later learn) lied to her team mates to hide her pain and fear. Kid Flash lied to hide his embarrassment and just look "cool", and Superboy fears he'll be a weapon and nothing more. Meanwhile, Robin silently goes over his story to himself (Batman forbade Dick to reveal his or Bruce's identities to anyone) and we can see (in his private thoughts) his genuine love for his mentor/father figure. Just a note here that the comics panels in Dick's thoughts were basically adapted from those in Batman: Dark Victory, which told the story of Dick's origins during Batman's third year of crime-fighting. It was a nice shout-out to adapt not just the story, but the art as well. I'll be the first to admit the campfire issue really had no action, but it still, in my humble opinion, was the best in the collected comics presented.

Overall, this was not nearly as good as Volume 2 was, but it was a fine start to the comic adventures of this team of young heroes on Earth-16.
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" Quick read. Takes place in between early episodes of the show after they recruit Superboy. Wally telling the story about how he became Kid Flash was a highlight. It has the same humor & action as the show. Will be reading vol 2! " said.

" Side-kicks only make for B-listed heroes. Not as interesting as the Justice League material " said.

" I'm always down for Young Justice and this comic was quite a treat. Can't wait to read the other three! " said.

" A fun tie-in to the excellent Young Justice TV series. These issues give some nice background on the team and show some of the differences between the Young Justice universe and the regular DCU. " said.

" Amazing! Oh my God, I don't know how to describe it, I just really loved it. About to start volume 2 right now. (I'll try to write more later). " said.

" It's about what I expected from a YJ volume. It's definitely a fun, all-ages read. " said.

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