Young Justice 4
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils and Inks by Patrick Gleason and John Timms
Colors by Alejandro Sanchez and Alex Sinclair

Gemworld’s plans to attack Earth – and the internal politics of the planet’s inner council – get a lot of focus in this fourth issue, as Bendis explains what led to Princess Amethyst being imprisoned alongside Robin, Wonder Girl, Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern. Finding out about how the House of Opal is trying to expand its hold on Gemworld, with Princess Amethyst being the only one vocally opposing it, will make for a great story when Amethyst gets her own series in the Wonder Comics imprint.

That’s not why we’re here, though. Yes, Amethyst is a good character, and Bendis writes her well. But that’s really all secondary to the reunion of Robin, Wonder Girl, Impulse and Superboy.

Bendis is really making us work for the interactions we’ve all been waiting for. Thankfully, the build-up has been worth it. The pairing of Bart and Kon-El continues to yield great comedic moments, as Superboy is still the straight man to Impulse’s more, ahem, impulsive nature.

While we get the payoff of Superboy and Impulse rejoining Wonder Girl and Robin this issue, there’s so much more anticipation building in the story. The man himself, though, assures me that things will all make sense.

I’m not someone who is overly concerned with the continuity of the books. I just want to read a good story with good art starring my favorite characters. And YOUNG JUSTICE continues to deliver.