Young Justice Vol.1

I’ve just read the first arc of Young Justice Vol.1, from back in the late 1990s. Really liked it, largely because it includes the Tim Drake iteration of Robin, who is at this point my absolute favourite DC character, but also because of Impulse, who is just plain adorable.

I read this as DC Graphic Novel Collection Vol.35, which collects Young Justice Vol.1 #1-7, Young Justice Secret Files and Origins Vol.1 #1, and Flash Vol.2 #92.

Read my review on Goodreads here.

That was a lot of fun.

I love Tim Drake – he’s the absolute best Robin ever (as far as I know; I don’t really have much experience with Dick Grayson as Robin, and none whatsoever of Jason Todd, Stephanie Brown or Damian Wayne – while I know the characters and their histories, I simply have not read any comics with them in those roles). Superboy is a wonderfully stereotypical 1990s teen alpha. Impulse is just adorable in every way possible.

… and then there’s Cassie, Cissie and Secret, too. Hmmm. They… were there, I guess.

The book feels very 1990s, which is absolutely appropriate, as that’s when it was published. It was eerie reading it and thinking how Twitter would react to a lot of it these days, especially Superboy’s comments about seeing how a villain goes when he’s not fighting girls, or Tim’s worries about leaving the female heroes alone, or Cassie and Cissie’s mums being worried about them going camping with teen boys, but those were perfectly reasonable at the time, reflect the views of the target audience and reflect those characters’ personalities, attitudes and beliefs. That makes it good writing.

Really enjoyed it, definitely going to watch the TV series, will read more of Young Justice Vol.1 if I can find it readily.