Young Justice 13

Bendis is doing a great job crafting a compelling story

Connor Kent is still separated from his friends, and he’s starting to give up hope. But Young Justice is on the case!

Young Justice 13
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker
Pencils and Inks by Mike Grell, Michael Avon Oeming and John Timms
Colors by Gabe Eltaeb

With every new issue of Brian Bendis’ Young Justice series, I lose a little bit more excitement. Bendis brought back Conner Kent and Bart Allen and Cassie Sandsmark and Tim Drake from creative limbo, and I am very thankful for that. But we’ve now had 13 issues and the team is still trying to come together.

It’s a little disappointing, because the joy of the original YOUNG JUSTICE series from Peter David was in the interactions between the main characters – a bunch of kids trying to live up to the legacies of their mentors. Yes, the dynamic is a little different now, and Bendis is playing with more modern sensibilities, and the issues have been fun overall. I’m just longing to see everyone together for more than a couple of issues at a time before they get separated again.

While the majority of the team is putting together what happened to Connor and how best to go after the STAR Labs scientists who caused it, Superboy is still stuck in Skartaris with Warlord. Superboy is a bit depressed to be sent away from his home again, and the Warlord talks him through it while beating up on some lizard people. Unfortunately, Connor comes upon some Kryptonite in Skartaris as the issue comes to a close, so we’re no nearer to ending Superboy’s problems, it seems.

Hopefully, we get to see everyone come together at some, so we can get some more interactions between the main characters. Bendis is doing a great job crafting a compelling story, and it’s overcoming my trepidation over the continued search for reunion. But I really do want to see everyone together soon.