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Young Justice #4 Review
By Deejay Dayton

May 1, 2019 - 9:04

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis
Artist(s): Patrick Gleason, John Timms
Colourist(s): Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Sinclair
Letterer(s): Wes Abbott
Cover Artist(s): Patrick Gleason, Dan Mora
$3.99 28 pages

Amethyst and Gemworld get the focus in the latest issue of Young Justice, as the various heroes re-unite.

Pretty much everyone takes second place to Amethyst, though. Not that I have a problem with that. Bendis is doing a great job with his revival of the character, and her fascinating realm. Gleason and Timm do an extraordinary job of illustrating Gemworld. I particularly loved the full page panel of the “round table” council meeting, with the arched columns receding into the background.

And it’s about the right time in the series to give the focus to Amethyst. The big names have been brought back, and given attention. They get some good action scenes in this story, but it’s Gemworld and the various houses that rule it that need more of an introduction, not having been featured in an awfully long time. Yes, we did see a revival of the character during the New 52, but that run of Sword and Sorcery didn’t last long enough to really give a new reader a satisfactory taste of this realm. Didn’t even really try to, from what I recall.

Teen Lantern is still singularly failing to capture my interest, but perhaps all she needs is an issue to develop her character.

I find it interesting how much time is being devoted to Gemworld in this book. Not just in this issue, but the series so far has largely been based there. Is that going to continue? I wouldn’t mind, although I doubt that’s the plan. It would keep the Superboy and Robin from this series from overlapping with the second generation incarnations in the main DC universe.

I am also a bit hazy on the seven Crises that are being referred to throughout this series. I read an awful lot of books now that I am reviewing them, and it’s entirely possible I have missed or forgotten something, but I sure would like a clear listing of which seven events are being cited. Thankfully, the next issue blurb refers to this directly, so perhaps my confusion is about to be cleared up.

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