6 Reasons You Should Read Young Justice #1

Young Justice–those are two words that when put together, comic book fans can’t help but get happy. There are two different versions of Young Justice–the comic book team and the animated series. Somehow, we’ve become so lucky, we’re getting both back at the same time.

Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason, and Alejandro Sanchez have the seemingly impossible task of bringing back the comic book team into the current continuity.

Whether or not you buy this comic book should be an easy decision. If looking at the cover or the creative team isn’t enough to convince you, here are six additional reasons why you should buy Young Justice #1.

There may be some minor spoilers below.

Jinny Hex

Jinny Hex is the great-great-granddaughter of Jonah Hex and first appeared in the Walmart-exclusive Batman 100-Page Giant comic. Having not read that issue, I had no idea how much I wanted to meet this descendant of DC’s toughest gunslinger.

There’s a bit of mystery and intrigue to the character. You wouldn’t think a character willing to shoot an actual gun would fit in with the rest of the team, but Bendis knows how to grab our attention.

When an inter-dimensional attack erupts, she doesn’t hesitate to jump into the action. We’ll have to wait to see what else she has in the back of her truck.

Tim Drake and Cassie Sandsmark

These two characters have history. Seeing them together reminds us of their time in the 2011 Teen Titans title as well as everything from before the New 52. With a single panel, you can see how Cassie has changed and grown since we last saw her. Tim will need her to help lead this new/old team.

She might be hesitant to jump dive into the fight, but when she does, it’s pretty glorious. It should be noted that Tim also strikes an impressive pose when facing the action as well.


Bart Allen, aka Impulse, is back. When the New 52 relaunch tweaked the DC Universe’s continuity back in 2011, we didn’t quite get the Bart Allen we knew before. In the recent Flash #50, Bart made his way back from comic book limbo. As you may remember and expect, he’s choke full of energy and charisma that reminds you why he was such a great character.

Young Justice is Back!

This is one should be obvious. The characters are all within the proximity of the big battle. Coming together happens almost naturally.

There is also the addition of another new character–Teen Lantern. She comments she should probably come up with a better name. Finding out what her story is will add to the fun.

Amethyst is (Also) Back and Not Messing Around

Amethyst had a short-lived series under the New 52 imprint. I’ll admit, I don’t remember what happened to her when her series ended, but seeing her meeting with Robin, what is said about Gemworld, and mention of the seven Crises that have occurred on Earth so far, we have a lot to look forward to.

Superboy/Conner Kent/Kon-El is (Somehow) Back

How can the Superboy we loved before be back? We get a good indication in a single page, but there is a lot to his story we’ll be dying to hear. Bart’s reaction to seeing Conner is pretty much what we’re all feeling.

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We definitely have some things to think about while we wait for the second issue. Young Justice being written by Brian Michael Bendis is fantastic. We’re also getting great art along with some really cool new and favorite characters. This book is going to be a great reminder why you started reading comics in the first place.

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