Story: Joe Casey
Art: Deric Donovan
Colors: Bill Crabtree
Letters: Rus Wooton
Published by Image Comics
Youngblood created by Rob Liefeld
Oh, Youngblood. How I have missed you. Not in that long lost friend kind of way, but the way a comedian forgot a joke and its come back to him. The problem is, this series has not been a joke. Actually, its been pretty interesting to read, and very nice to look at. Is it possible? Can Youngblood actually be a readable series? I think so.
If you weren’t around in 1992 when Youngblood first started then you probably have an impression of it because of what you have been told. And that stigma that the name Youngblood has could really do some damage for this series and I think its unfair. Yes. I read Youngblood and enjoyed it for what it was back in the early 90s. I eventually stopped reading it when it kept starting and stopping but why this series? Why should you give this book a try? Two men – Joe Casey and Deric Donavan. These two guys have taken the idea of the Youngblood concept and characters and made it into something it was always meant to be and that makes for a really good comic book.
We’re three issues into this series, and we’ve had a pretty significant death at the end of last issue. This issue shows how the team deals with this lost and how the television execs feel they should deal with it. Also, some pieces start to come together for the team as they try and convince the television execs that the villainous rivals of Youngblood, Mayhem, Inc; are actually evil and cannot be controlled. Its interesting to see how heroes have to struggle to get these execs to see what seems to obvious showing ratings rule this team and it doesn’t matter what the team thinks.
The art in this book is great! I’m a fan of Donavan’s art and I’ve been looking forward to him grabbing a regular series such as this. I think Casey’s storytelling plays to Donavan’s art style, but balancing the action and the sit down moments. Bill Crabtree and Rus Wooton add to the art in this book providing this series with a strong artistic team.
I think this series so far has done an amazing amount of work to erase the stigma that the name Youngblood had developed in the 90s. Casey and Donavan are making these characters interesting and worth reading on a regular basis. I know people may not want to take a chance on this series, but I think there’s some worth here if you’re willing to be open and look for it.