Sunday, August 26, 2007

Comics Disillusionment: Trying to Heal

Young Justice #7
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Last night I went down to my basement and was starting to put some stuff in order when I ran across the Young Justice run. My first thought was "OMG, they aren't all bagged and boarded, life is over" and my second thought was "I would really like to browse these issues again". With both thoughts racing through my head, I brought them upstairs, bagged and boarded them all, and proceeded to look through them.

Young Justice was truly a good book. Peter David and Todd Nauck worked well as a cohesive unit, and I really enjoyed reading about the young heroes as they gained confidence and experience. I fell in love with Wonder Girl and Arrowette all over again. I felt great sadness missing Bart Allen after remembering his sweetness and innocence here. When Arrowette says "Scarecrow, I think I will miss you most of all" to Bart, I completely understood where she was getting it from. Brilliant.

Issue #7 made me laugh my ass off and gave me a dose of what a good comic should be. There was emotion, sarcasm, and a wicked catfight. Then Nightwing showed up and it just continued to improve! I am a bit sad that DC decided to end the book and mix the Titans with the YJ characters. I think there was a bit of missing the boat for the sake of kililng Donna Troy and Lillith. It just didn't justify it for me.

Dammit. I want this book back.

To summarize: I found Young Justice to be bittersweet. I really liked this title. When I think about where all the team members are today, it makes me unhappy. Change for the sake of it isn't always best, so this has left me still reeling.

Back to the basement for more back issue healing...


Vaklam said...

Good find! I forgot about that run. I like almost everything David has written. I'm especially enjoying X-Factor right now.

I'm glad that something is restoring your faith in the medium.

Anonymous said...

"Back to the basement for more back issue healing..."

Love that phrase "back issue healing". Set it to the tune of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" and I think we'd have a mega-hit on our hands.

"I want Back Issue Healing
Back Issue Healing, oh baby
Makes me feel so fine
Helps to relieve my mind
Back Issue Healing baby, is good for me..."

Or maybe not.

Heidi Meeley said...

Vaklam, Young Justice is indeed good stuff. I am thinking about following it up with Peter David's run on Supergirl, which will keep it in the family so to speak. I am a huge fan of his work. Maybe Fallen Angel after that? Hmmmm...

Maybe Mr. David can help restore my faith in the medium. You are also helping with your fantastic support. I am a lucky girl!

Heidi Meeley said...

Mark, that is an awesome song- I smell a hit!! :-)

Seriously, the back issues are helping. Thank God!!