Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1
Crises have always had devastating impacts on the generation of heroes that make up Young Justice, and Dark Crisis will hit them even harder. Tim Drake, Impulse, and Superboy go missing during the Justice League’s funeral. The only person concerned enough to find them? Cassie Sandsmark, a.k.a Wonder Girl. But...the three boys of Young Justice aren’t on this Earth anymore...they’re on the world of their dreams, one they may never want to leave!
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 picks up after the fall of the Justice League with a reunion of the original members of Young Justice. Framed from the perspective of Cassie Sandsmark, aka Wonder Girl, as she reflects on how her generation is impacted by the various crises of the DC Universe.
Meghan Fitzmartin opens the comic with wrought emotion followed by a level of melodrama that can only occur from the reunion of estranged teenage friends. It works with the setting of the story. The teens are forced to not only deal with the grief of losing their mentors and parent figures but also the trend of the younger heroes bearing a disproportionate brunt of the trauma of these cataclysmic events. Cassie’s awareness and internal reflection of the latter justify her frustration as she tries to find help from heroes who can’t be bothered.
The art by Laura Braga and colors by Luis Guerrero provide the tone and setting for the various scenes. The gravity of the memorial is established by the large crowds and contrasted with the more intimate shots of the various “families” erecting the statues of their respective fallen hero. As the story progresses, the art conveys the contrast between Cassie’s concern for her missing teammates and the other heroes’ dismissive responses.
Despite being an event tie in with a plot that is a literal dive into continuity, the story does the work to provide the necessary information in its own pages. The issue feels character-driven and doesn’t allow the event to create a barrier of necessary background reading to understand the emotional stakes.
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 sets the stage for a character-driven story that utilizes the situations of an event and the rich history of the characters without being bogged down by the context.
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1: Back to Back When
- Writing - 8/108/10
- Storyline - 7/107/10
- Art - 7.5/107.5/10
- Color - 8/108/10
- Cover Art - 8/108/10
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