Friday, September 02, 2011

Young Justice #4 - July 2011

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"By Hook or By Web" by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Mike Norton.

It's Young Justice Friday!

by Shrine Correspondent Andy Luckett

This issue (entitled "By Hook or By Web", written by Art Baltazar and Franco, with art by Mike Norton) picks up where the last issue left off, with Aqualad, Robin, and Kid Flash captured by hitmen Hook and the Black Spider, agent of the League of Shadows:
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Things look bad for our heroes, as the League's target, CEO Selena Gonzalez, is also in the killers' clutches. However, Hook and Black Spider are feeling a bit chatty, and can't resist a bit of monologuing, which gives Robin time to break the trio free:
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The battle is rejoined, but this time Aqualad, having been taken out early last issue, emphasizes the need for strategy. After Robin and KF once again are overpowered, Kalder'Ahm steps up with a plan:
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Round and round the battle goes, with both sides at times gaining the upper hand, and poor Selena caught in the middle. Finally, thanks to Aqualad and Robin's finishing moves, the two assassins are defeated:
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Unfortunately, when the trio look around, Selena has vanished. After regrouping at their headquarters, the heroes surmise that Selena must have fled and gone into hiding. After watching a news report on the incident stating that Hook and Black Spider escaped custody however, they realize that there must have been other League members waiting outside, and therefore, Selena must have fallen into their hands anyway:
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The End...for now.


This issue was very much about action, being comprised of one long fight scene with a short epilogue at the finish. Along with last issue, where the three young heroes were basically handed a serious whuppin', this issue sees them pop back, Rocky-style, and pull out the victory. However, the ending is a downbeat one, as they realize that while they (temporarily) defeated the villains, the woman they were protecting was still captured. It seems they have learned a painful lesson about winning battles but not wars.

Aqualad thankfully gets a nice showing this issue, after being fairly mistreated in the last. He uses his water weapons to great effect, creating shields, deluges, and a small tidal wave from a downstairs bathroom at one point. Beyond that, he also mobilizes the team to think strategically in outthinking their foes, something that Kid Flash's impulsive nature usually resists. It's nice to see that after last issue's punching out of Aqualad, he regains his strengths and skills this issue.

I wasn't quite sure I was enjoying this storyline after last issue, but I think it finished strong. I do hope in the future that the Selena Gonzalez mystery is addressed and resolved, but for now it makes sense that this fledgling group would underestimate a professional group such as the League of Shadows. We'll see what next issue brings.

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