Bendis brings the first storyline of the new Young Justice series to a conclusion in the latest issue, which is very nicely balanced between revelations and action.
We learn about Superboy, how he wound up in Gemworld, and how he acquired a wife and child along the way. Impulse blurts out Superboy’s marital status in front of Wonder Girl, and her reaction tidily conveys that the romance between her and Superboy has not died, at least not for her.
We also learn more about Teen Lantern. I really hadn’t cared for this character at all up to now, but the resourcefulness of the Bolivian teenager won me over, and now I’m glad she’s a part of the new team.
While there are no big revelations about Jinny Hex herself, a Tarantino-esque box, with its tantalyling glowing interior, are in her possession, and will doubtlessly be further explored in issues to come.
With all that exposition, one might expect the climactic battle against Dark Opal to be a bit rushed. And, in a way, it is. But that’s not such a problem when Impulse is on the team, able to move some plot points along ridiculously quickly without detrimental affect on the story itself.
And yes, Young Justice does defeat Dark Opal. Is that a spoiler? I suppose, if one had never read a superhero comic before in their life. Timms art is solid throughout, but really comes to the fore during the big fight scene.
The story almost comes to a tidy resolution, until a betrayal leads to a major plot twist, setting up the next storyline.
A really well done introduction to the new incarnation of Young Justice. While it is not firmly placed into the core of the DC Universe, the mere fact that it is not, and actively deals with the mystery of where these kids have gone, and why they are not all part of continuity, makes it feel like it will be a very important book going forward.