Young Justice: Gemworld by Brian Michael Bendis

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17 thoughts on “Young Justice: Gemworld by Brian Michael Bendis

  1. I like Bendis’ work, usually, but it pains me a bit to see him once again tackling teenage angst and development. How many times can you tell the same story and retain the freshness and enthusiasm of the beginnings? I like Miles Morales, I’m not too enamored with Riri whom I see as a bland gender variation of the old trope.
    That said, I am still curious about this new project of his 😉

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    1. Yep, it’s funny that he came back to that again with this pop-up imprint. He still writes Superman and Action Comics though, and some other stories for DC. I guess it’s just DC that wanted him to continue to do what he used to do and expand their audience even more.
      And, like you, I’m just curious to see everything he plans on doing for DC until he starts to repeat himself or tell really bad stories… Hopefully, not for a while…

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  2. As much as I want to shake my fist and say “Those kids….”, I am, upon reflection, very glad to see a line of comics aimed at the younger crowd. DC and Marvel have been living off of the 80’s and 90’s generation and it is time for comics to be for kids again.

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    1. Hahahah it is indeed nice to see some series intended for a younger audience, without necessarily excluding everyone else though. Then again, there are plenty of series out there for kids/young adults. I just don’t read them hahahah 😀 I like my heavy themes in dark settings after all. 😛

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  3. I love Young Justice so I was pretty excited to see that there’s a new graphic novel coming out, but it’s a shame that it jumps backward and forwards between timelines. I don’t think that’s always the most conducive way to tell a story, especially if there are so many characters being introduced as you say. I might still pick this one up at some point though. Great review! 😀


    1. I’m glad to hear you love the Young Justice! I do love their energy and that type of YA issues that often come with them. I think this is still pretty decent though. Especially if you know what you’re getting into (with the flashback narrative style). After all, the story arc is still interesting and the artwork is fantastic! Hope you get the chance to try it out someday, Kate! Thank you so much! 😀


  4. Impulse looks fun just from his mug on the cover! I like that they are doing comics like this… though I’d say the audience is more middle grade than teen. The idea of flashbacks to introduce everyone seems like a good idea but yeah it just makes a reader pause. Especially an adult one. Still I assume you’re going to be on the lookout for the next volume? I’d be interested to see if it gets better. 😉

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    1. Hahaha yep! Impulse has always been such a quirky and overexcited little kid and it’s nice that it was handled properly here. He sort of saved the story’s odd structure for me. I definitely plan on giving volume 2 a try to see if indeed it feels more MG than YA. If it doesn’t improve, I might be more inclined to pass afterward.

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  5. It sounds quite interesting to have teen superheroes, it reminded me of the Incredibles hahaha (is that the correct title in english?) 😂 The animated series reminded me of the hours I used to spend watching TV when I was a child 😂 Great review, Lashaan 😊

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    1. Hahahaha yes, it does have that Incredibles vibe to it, although it doesn’t share the “superhero meta-discussion” that comes with the movies. 😛 Oh man, that’s why I still watch animated stuff nowadays. It’s hard to say “no more” of those, even as I get older. 😛 Thank you, Caroline! ❤

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  6. Awesome write-up my friend, I’m a Bendis fan and was aware of the Young Justice line but I’m not sure it’d be my thing really as dismissive as that may sound! I do however plan to check out his forthcoming Legion of Superheroes run as that has me intrigued with some of the groundwork being laid in the Superman books.

    Alas, I haven’t caught up with the YJ animated series – you might recall that I started the first season only for it to get pulled from Amazon Prime and with no service yet carrying the DC Universe series I guess I’ll have to hang fire!

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    1. I’m getting a good grasp of Bendis’ abilities with what I’ve read so far and am willing to give anything he writes a try for now. This one is a bit less adult-y but still pretty cool! It’s nice to see how he fits the whole Gemworld universe into DC.

      Bruh. I don’t know what I could say to get you to watch and finish it but I’ll always remind you of it just so it will stay on your list. It’s really worth checking out. Best thing we got as an animated TV series for now. I can’t wait for the Deathstroke one they announced though. How amazing did that seem?!?!

      P.S. I am a bit meeeeh about the visuals though but I can get used to it if the story and action is as good as it was teased to be!

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