A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6 Micro-Review – Overdue Quality

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 6, cover, 2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

For yours truly, this mini has been the best part of the whole Dark Crisis experience. Every character has gotten a chance to to shine and be explored. What’s more, the art by Laura Braga and Luis Guerrero has been richly detailed and a joy to look at. These characters and this team have been long overdue for something of this high a quality.

Impulse has a line in this issue about hoping this isn’t the end of Young Justice. I second that. How about a new series written by Meghan Fitzmartin?

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5 Micro-Review – A Little Too Meta

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 5, cover, 2022, MAx Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This one got a little too meta for my taste. Our newly revealed villain, Mickey Mxyzptlk, has a big monologue about Young Justice being a “generation in limbo” that wasn’t “set up for success” by their elders. This story has had a meta layer to it from the get-go. But it lays it on a little too thick here.

Thankfully there’s still a lot of good stuff here, particularly about the Young Justice team being a family. Dark Crisis: Young Justice may still be the best thing to come out of the Dark Crisis event overall.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 Micro-Review – Young Justice vs. The World

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 4, cover ,2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero & Hi-Fi (Colorists), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Much of this issue consists of an all-out brawl between Young Justice and the entire mid ’90s DC Universe. Though the battle itself essentially takes a backseat to the existential conversations being had by our heroes. That feels a little bit wrong. But it’s still cool to see the the ’90s versions of all these heroes.

Incidentally, the ’90s Batman and Superman get a little too young and skinny early in the issue. Did Braga intentionally draw them that way so they’d look more like Conner Kent and Tim Drake? (I admit, I might be reaching on that one…)

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A Batman #127 Micro-Review – “He’s My Son!”

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TITLE: Batman #127
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Belen Ortega, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The early portion of this issue directly references both JLA: Tower of Babel and Batman: R.I.P. Fanboy cred points to Zdarsky for that.

The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is in this issue. On the subject of R.I.P., I remember how confused I was when that story showed me this version of Batman. Thankfully, Zdarsky does a pretty good job of explaining the concept to new readers.

There’s a nice moment in here where Bruce Wayne loudly asserts that Tim Drake isn’t just his soldier, he’s his son.

Incidentally, Jimenez draws a damn good Superman.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3 Micro-Review – The Goggle Conflict

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 3, cover, 2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue, and this story at large, is unabashed in its appreciation for all things DC in the ’90s and early to mid-2000s. And it’s a treat to see Braga and Guerrero draw things as they were back then. Especially once we get to the final page…

I can’t decide whether I dislike ’90s Wonder Girl’s goggles, or love them for just how hokey they are.

I think I’m enjoying this book more than the main Dark Crisis one. For nostalgia purposes, as well as the pure quality of the writing and art.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2 Micro-Review – The Benefit of Hindsight

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 2, cover, 2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dark Crisis: Young Justice is an interesting piece of business. It’s dripping with ’90s nostalgia, and the characters look the way they did in the ’90s. But Conner, Tim, and Bart are somehow all looking at things from their current-day perspectives. They have the benefit of hindsight. They can also wonder if things were better for them in the past…

This miniseries feels like it’s being done with a lot of love and affection for characters that, over the past decade, haven’t always gotten their share of love and affection. It’s a feel-good book in that sense.

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A Batman #125 Micro-Review – Business Casual Batman

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Batman 125, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #125
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Belen Ortega, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Zdarsky and Jimenez bring us an action sequence where Batman is wearing his mask and utility belt with a white dress shirt and slacks. I think I get what they’re going for. But it looked pretty ridiculous to me. What’s that look called? Business casual Batman?

The Penguin gets a good amount of shine in this issue. Jimenez gives him a very Danny-Devito-esque look. I’m always impressed when a creative team can make Penguin look like formidable opponent for Batman. That’s not always the easiest thing to do, despite his status as an iconic Batman foe.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 Micro-Review – In Good Hands

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 1, cover, 2022, Todd NuackTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Variant cover by Todd Nuack & Matt Herms.

RELEASED: June 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Meghan Fitzmartin has impressed the hell out of me lately. Not just with this issue, but her handling of Tim Drake’s emergence as bisexual. Tim’s new ongoing series is in good hands with her.

Fans of Tim, Conner Kent, Bart Allen, and Cassandra Sandsmark should lap this one up. It’s got nods and tributes to their history in and beyond the original Young Justice series. It also has a very relatable core story about this seemingly lost generation of heroes struggling to find their place in the world. I’m all in on this one.

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A Robin #12 Micro-Review – A Bogus Belt Buckle

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Robin 12, cover, 2022, Victor BogdanovicTITLE: Robin #12
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund (Inker), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Victor Bogdanovic.

RELEASED: March 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Look at Robin’s belt buckle. It’s stylized to look like a D. As in Damian. That’s lame. Like, really lame.

On the subject of the Robin costume, Damian fights an evil version of himself in this issue, who’s got alternate outfit that works well as a one-off. Honestly, sometimes I wish Damian’s gray suit was just a one-off. I miss the colors.

Roger Cruz isn’t the first to draw Damian with an older, slightly taller look. Is this becoming the norm? If so, that’s not bad. I’d just like to see it more consistently rendered across the DCU.

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A Robin #11 Micro-Review – An Unlikely Team

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Robin 11, cover, 2022, Simone di MeoTITLE: Robin #11
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Gleb Melnikov, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Simone di Meo.

RELEASED: February 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Damian may have finally found a team he’s suitable to lead in Connor Hawke, Ravager, and the others we see here. He only ever worked in the Teen Titans as a disruptor. Certainly not a permanent leader.

While I like the team dyamic on display here, and we get a pretty cool two-page fight sequence, by and large I think the story with Ra’s al Ghul, Talia, and the whole family has officially grown stale for me. Thankfully, Damian returns to Gotham next issue.

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