Following the lead of the television show, the latest issue of Young Justice jumps out teen heroes five years into the future. Well, sort of. Issue #20 is an odd mix of storylines taking place five years apart.
Although the structure provides some fun comparision moments (such as Dick Grayson‘s birthday kiss from Zatanna on five years apart), it’s also a little confusing. The small character moments work well, and I really like the introductions of new characters such as Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, and Batgirl.
Where the comic struggles is explaining how the bigger picture is connected between a young woman speaking out against the dictatorship of Qurac today and Superboy and Miss Martian‘s mission with Superman in the same country years before. Oh, and then there’s the sudden appearance of Braniac.
For the introduction of the new team, and particularily Nightwing’s interactions with them, the issue is worth a read. However, as a jumping point into a brand-new arc it’s a little messier than I’d like. For fans.