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Don't call them sidekicks!The Justice League needs a covert team that could operate on the sly, so who better than experienced crime fighters Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad? Together with Superboy, recently rescued from the top-secret Project Cadmus, and the crush-worthy shape-shifting alien Miss Martian, these teens are ready to stop being sidekicks and start taking down th Don't call them sidekicks!The Justice League needs a covert team that could operate on the sly, so who better than experienced crime fighters Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad? Together with Superboy, recently rescued from the top-secret Project Cadmus, and the crush-worthy shape-shifting alien Miss Martian, these teens are ready to stop being sidekicks and start taking down their own villains—like League of Shadows and the Joker—all on their own. But Superboy may have a secret mission of his own to complete ... destroying Superman! Based on the hit Cartoon Network series!


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Don't call them sidekicks!The Justice League needs a covert team that could operate on the sly, so who better than experienced crime fighters Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad? Together with Superboy, recently rescued from the top-secret Project Cadmus, and the crush-worthy shape-shifting alien Miss Martian, these teens are ready to stop being sidekicks and start taking down th Don't call them sidekicks!The Justice League needs a covert team that could operate on the sly, so who better than experienced crime fighters Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad? Together with Superboy, recently rescued from the top-secret Project Cadmus, and the crush-worthy shape-shifting alien Miss Martian, these teens are ready to stop being sidekicks and start taking down their own villains—like League of Shadows and the Joker—all on their own. But Superboy may have a secret mission of his own to complete ... destroying Superman! Based on the hit Cartoon Network series!

30 review for Young Justice, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I watched this show a few months ago and got obsessed with it, so I decided to pick up the graphic novel ! Really fun and enjoyable if you've watched the TV series, but one thing I was annoyed by was Artemis is on the cover but she's not in the actual graphic novel at all...Other than that it was just really quick and a fun addition to the Young Justice story. I watched this show a few months ago and got obsessed with it, so I decided to pick up the graphic novel ! Really fun and enjoyable if you've watched the TV series, but one thing I was annoyed by was Artemis is on the cover but she's not in the actual graphic novel at all...Other than that it was just really quick and a fun addition to the Young Justice story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I finished watching the excellent first season of Young Justice and I was left wondering what to do before starting season two... There are Young Justice comics to read! I'd have been happy with some fun, additional stories, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this in-continuity series captures the same energy that makes the tv show such great viewing. It's appropriate for all ages, but also touches upon the maturity that comes with this often-troubled team. The artwork is absolutely spot o I finished watching the excellent first season of Young Justice and I was left wondering what to do before starting season two... There are Young Justice comics to read! I'd have been happy with some fun, additional stories, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this in-continuity series captures the same energy that makes the tv show such great viewing. It's appropriate for all ages, but also touches upon the maturity that comes with this often-troubled team. The artwork is absolutely spot on, with each character looking just like their tv counterpart. As you'd expect, the colours are bold and eye-catching and the panels aren't restricted by rigid layouts, while still being easy enough for younger readers to follow. While the early episodes of the first season gave enough information to introduce Robin, Superboy and co. to tv viewers, their stories and history are fleshed out across the course of this volume. Dick Grayson's origin story gets me every time and in a way, the Young Justice canon is even more tragic (view spoiler)[Dick loses an aunt and cousin who were also part of the Flying Graysons act, in addition to an uncle who survives, but is left paralysed (hide spoiler)] . The book retains the sense of humour that you'd expect though (Kid Flash is as subtle as ever) and it's remarkable how well it fits in with the timeline of the show. Familiar faces from the rogue gallery make an appearance, but given that this is the early days of the team, they don't always come out on the winning side. Consistently enjoyable and surprisingly engaging, Young Justice is an excellent addition to the tv show and a book that no fan should be without.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    The perfect companion to the TV series. Not only is DC's Young Justice an action-packed all-ages alternative to its less kid-friendly/continuity-heavy mainstream series, but it also provides additional back-up stories for Cartoon Network's series of the same name (currently in its second season). This first trade reveals the origins of Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian, and Superboy (where did Superboy get all of those black t-shirts?!?). It also sheds some light on events merely hinted at The perfect companion to the TV series. Not only is DC's Young Justice an action-packed all-ages alternative to its less kid-friendly/continuity-heavy mainstream series, but it also provides additional back-up stories for Cartoon Network's series of the same name (currently in its second season). This first trade reveals the origins of Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian, and Superboy (where did Superboy get all of those black t-shirts?!?). It also sheds some light on events merely hinted at in the cartoon, like why the Justice League abandoned Mount Justice in favor of the Hall of Justice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Absolutely loooooved the cartoon series, and this volume matches it pretty well in tone and even format (each new story is introduced by date and time!) And did I mention that I'm a huge Aqualad fan? Kaldur'ahm, baby! Definitely lived up to expectations, I'd read the next volume for sure. Absolutely loooooved the cartoon series, and this volume matches it pretty well in tone and even format (each new story is introduced by date and time!) And did I mention that I'm a huge Aqualad fan? Kaldur'ahm, baby! Definitely lived up to expectations, I'd read the next volume for sure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    Nice art and stories. Good read. Recommended

  6. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    I was a little hesitate at first when i saw they were making a young justice. I grew up on Batman, wonder woman, superman, green arrow and all of the original comics. I was mainly a big fan of Batman and so i already was familiar with Robin and again with most of the generations of the super hero's. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and i a very good way. It was well written, not over down and i liked the idea! I can not wait to read Vol.2 and see where the writers will take the young justi I was a little hesitate at first when i saw they were making a young justice. I grew up on Batman, wonder woman, superman, green arrow and all of the original comics. I was mainly a big fan of Batman and so i already was familiar with Robin and again with most of the generations of the super hero's. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and i a very good way. It was well written, not over down and i liked the idea! I can not wait to read Vol.2 and see where the writers will take the young justice league. After reading Vol. 1 i will enjoy seeing the next generation of super hero's fight as a team and learn from their mentors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    My son and I are excited to read this together. When I told him a copy was coming in the mail, he got very excited :) My 8 year old LOVED this book! It's a great book and i would recommend it to all comic book fans. My son and I are excited to read this together. When I told him a copy was coming in the mail, he got very excited :) My 8 year old LOVED this book! It's a great book and i would recommend it to all comic book fans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nikki in Niagara

    I had previously read 2 issues of the comic and greatly enjoyed them so wanted to try the series proper as I'm a Justice League junkie. The JL pops up now and then as the guardians and bosses of Young Justice but mainly they stay out of the picture. This first volume starts off with friends Aqualad, Robin and Kid Flash having just rescued (let loose) Superboy from Cadmus where he was being made as an ultimate weapon. He and Miss Martian also come along and the five teenagers form a covert team t I had previously read 2 issues of the comic and greatly enjoyed them so wanted to try the series proper as I'm a Justice League junkie. The JL pops up now and then as the guardians and bosses of Young Justice but mainly they stay out of the picture. This first volume starts off with friends Aqualad, Robin and Kid Flash having just rescued (let loose) Superboy from Cadmus where he was being made as an ultimate weapon. He and Miss Martian also come along and the five teenagers form a covert team that the JL will use on League cases where they think it will make a difference sending in the new YJ instead of themselves. First off Superboy has some time adjusting from the things done to his mind while at Cadmus and has a run in with the Joker (who is drawn like David Bowie from his Ziggy Stardust days. What a look!). Then Kid, Robin and Lad take off by themselves to try to figure out how to work as a team before the whole group training starts. Of course their egos get in the way until they can actually gather some effort to try teamwork. The last issue was great as it gives each character a chance to give themselves a background story as they all sit around a campfire and we learn which person each hero is and what their origin story is compared to DC Canon. Here Kid Flash is Wally West, Robin is Dick Grayson but he had more relatives die in the acrobat "accident" with one surviving in a coma. This is a great all ages kids' comic. Not just for little kids, aimed at older readers with the characters being mid aged teens 14-16, but the material is all ages safe and the story is exciting. It has continuity and a large cast of both heroes and villains. It does feel a bit like if I'd watched the show I'd have been a bit more clued in on things. I just had that feeling I had perhaps missed something and that may well have been something from the show. Otherwise, a top-notch comic for kids, but then that's what I've come to expect when I see Art Baltazar listed as an author!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Reading the comics in between watching the episodes of the TV show and it's been a fun experience! The premise of the sidekicks becoming superheroes is the best thing and I'm already sad that there are only two seasons of the TV show and four volumes of the comics. The characters are so well-developed and distinct and I like that the team is small as we get to have individual focus on everyone. The best issues are the last two because of the origin stories of the members. Superboy is probably the Reading the comics in between watching the episodes of the TV show and it's been a fun experience! The premise of the sidekicks becoming superheroes is the best thing and I'm already sad that there are only two seasons of the TV show and four volumes of the comics. The characters are so well-developed and distinct and I like that the team is small as we get to have individual focus on everyone. The best issues are the last two because of the origin stories of the members. Superboy is probably the most ridiculous but I'm giving him a chance. The focus on Kid Flash's crazy eating habits is so great and he's just the funnest. Finally getting to know Robin's backstory was pretty satisfying because there's always such an air of mystery around him. Aqualad has the most ridiculous name but he's the most sensible and Miss Martian is just so ready to go at all times, it's great. In all, it's exciting to be aware of some of the plotlines and characters and then seeing everything unfold in completely new ways in the Earth-16 setting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Like the cartoon to which this the companion, good, but not great. It definitely does not stand alone from the show: the comic issues take place between cartoon episodes, so much of the character development and plot progress takes place (and rightly so) off the page and on screen. It does make a nice extra, though: the tone matches, and I felt like I could hear the voice actors for each of the characters talking as I read. Possibly will improve as it goes on, or at least when Artemis shows up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Thanks to Goodreads.com I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

  12. 4 out of 5

    Azuma-chan

    I found about Young Justice in 2013 and finished both seasons in around 2 weeks or so. It annoyed me a lot knowing a show this great isn't getting a third season. I mean, this is a very good one nowadays were they don't make cartoons as good as they used to do back in the days. Then, I saw a screenshot for it in pinterest and was blown away when I knew there was a comic for the show. The story is like a fill-up in the timeline. A little bit more for those who didn't have enough from those 46 epis I found about Young Justice in 2013 and finished both seasons in around 2 weeks or so. It annoyed me a lot knowing a show this great isn't getting a third season. I mean, this is a very good one nowadays were they don't make cartoons as good as they used to do back in the days. Then, I saw a screenshot for it in pinterest and was blown away when I knew there was a comic for the show. The story is like a fill-up in the timeline. A little bit more for those who didn't have enough from those 46 episodes. In this vol. Superboy hangs around with Wally until the League decides what to do with team.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Enjoyable. The best part was when the characters are giving us their backgrounds. I'm hoping, though, that later volumes help explain some of the events that happen between seasons 1&2 and possibly 2&3. Enjoyable. The best part was when the characters are giving us their backgrounds. I'm hoping, though, that later volumes help explain some of the events that happen between seasons 1&2 and possibly 2&3.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Minh

    4 stars. Slow.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    I find these kinds of comics to be frustrating at times. Because as they use these well-known characters and add in events not previously covered in the show, I find myself going either "Okay that happened" or "nope, I don't buy it." It can be great for getting extra information, but sometimes that information just doesn't seem trustworthy. For instance, do I believe that Superboy stayed at Wally's after they rescued him from Cadmus? Yes, he had to stay somewhere and that makes sense. Do I belie I find these kinds of comics to be frustrating at times. Because as they use these well-known characters and add in events not previously covered in the show, I find myself going either "Okay that happened" or "nope, I don't buy it." It can be great for getting extra information, but sometimes that information just doesn't seem trustworthy. For instance, do I believe that Superboy stayed at Wally's after they rescued him from Cadmus? Yes, he had to stay somewhere and that makes sense. Do I believe they had a run-in with the Terror Twins at the mall? Maybe not. Still, it was great to have somewhere to go to heart the character's actual origin stories YJ-style. (How interesting is that that one of the Flying Graysons survived the fall but was paralyzed???) Additional thoughts: In regards to Superboy, the comic was able to leave a impression of me, that the show never quite hit. It has to do with the idea of what your purpose on this earth is. Conner was full-on created to defeat Superman and it really shows in this collection. Every question he asks is about Superman, and when he zones out in his dream of "destroying Superman" I felt a different kind of connection to the character. That right there is central to Conner's story and it made me see him differently. Of course he's so angry and grumpy-seeming at first, his purpose is to destroy. That twin desire of wanting to be acknowledged by Superman and needing to be capable of destroying him--there's something so beautiful about how it's handled. It added additional meaning to the Young Justice experience for me, and I'll be thinking about it for a long time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Slightly different than the television series, just as a warning. But that's not to say that this is a bad thing. I actually like the slight differences :) They don't go through the whole rescuing Superboy from Camus thing (it starts right after they break him out) but it still keeps pretty accurately to the TV show :) Great read for YJ fans! Slightly different than the television series, just as a warning. But that's not to say that this is a bad thing. I actually like the slight differences :) They don't go through the whole rescuing Superboy from Camus thing (it starts right after they break him out) but it still keeps pretty accurately to the TV show :) Great read for YJ fans!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emilce

    Amazing! Oh my God, I don't know how to describe it, I just really loved it. About to start volume 2 right now. (I'll try to write more later). Amazing! Oh my God, I don't know how to describe it, I just really loved it. About to start volume 2 right now. (I'll try to write more later).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jade West

    Teaser, there's no Artemis. Teaser, there's no Artemis.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allan Olley

    So I recently binged the second season of the Young Justice (Invasion) cartoon series, which I missed when it aired and was catching up on the series now that there is a third season. I realized watching the various extras on the blu-ray that the comic tie-in actually contained lots of unstated background material. I had downloaded a preview of the comic long ago and decided to give this collection (issue 0-6) a try. The stories are a bit thin but give some nice background and characterization to So I recently binged the second season of the Young Justice (Invasion) cartoon series, which I missed when it aired and was catching up on the series now that there is a third season. I realized watching the various extras on the blu-ray that the comic tie-in actually contained lots of unstated background material. I had downloaded a preview of the comic long ago and decided to give this collection (issue 0-6) a try. The stories are a bit thin but give some nice background and characterization to fill out the series a little. We get a few early looks at villains like the Terror Twins who appear later in the show. Also some filling out of the background characters including a vignette of Snapper Carr as teen mascot of the Justice League. The plot of these issues at least is pretty thin, not much of consequence occurs, but there are some minor battles, origins and motivations of the heroes are explored and filling out the mythos of the show. The artwork is a good match to the style of the show, a solid slightly stylized minimalist approach. I actually go this on ComiXology and it works well enough.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tania Reads

    I really like that we get more introspection with Superboy in the comics. He was my least favorite male character from s1. I'll probably still like him the least from the OG Young Justice show-verse but that's because I just love the other boys so much. Sorry "Supey" lol. Kaldur and Dick remain tied at number 1. And Wally's excessive flirting with M'gann has never bothered me because it's so cringey that it's impossible to take him seriously. I don't find anything he's said to be creepy, he's ju I really like that we get more introspection with Superboy in the comics. He was my least favorite male character from s1. I'll probably still like him the least from the OG Young Justice show-verse but that's because I just love the other boys so much. Sorry "Supey" lol. Kaldur and Dick remain tied at number 1. And Wally's excessive flirting with M'gann has never bothered me because it's so cringey that it's impossible to take him seriously. I don't find anything he's said to be creepy, he's just being ridiculous and incredibly cheesy, and Robin often calls him out for the flirting too (bless you Robin). There wasn't much on M'gann in here that I didn't already know, and she was also my least favorite of the girls in both seasons, but I hope to learn more about her that will make me like her more. And of course I'm excited to see my girl Artemis in vol 2!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Kaye

    After finishing season 2 of the show I wanted more young justice, season 3 isn't available in Australia so the comics would have to suffice. It's entertaining and has a very similar feel to the show. I can appreciate the balance struck here between the retelling of events that happened on the show and totally new comic-exclusive stories. While the art is quite flavourless, I dont mind it. Might read the next couple volumes and see if the series holds up. After finishing season 2 of the show I wanted more young justice, season 3 isn't available in Australia so the comics would have to suffice. It's entertaining and has a very similar feel to the show. I can appreciate the balance struck here between the retelling of events that happened on the show and totally new comic-exclusive stories. While the art is quite flavourless, I dont mind it. Might read the next couple volumes and see if the series holds up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Ejinaka

    Anime lovers, if you are a true DC fan and hates Marvels and hope that DC makes better movies in the mere future. Well sorry, because of now you can read the manga version of the new justice league. There called the Young Justice. They fight many foes and win because of the helps of the Justice League members, aka their parents. They learn respect, discipline, honesty, heroism and teamwork.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Pitkin

    I do like we actually get to see more of the Joker as I was disappointed Joker only got one appearce with the Injustice League. The rest is okay as we get to see more the group growing use to each other and explore the tv shows backstory for most of the characters as we really did not learn how any of them became sidekicks in the tv series so it was nice getting an in universe backstory.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Yeazel

    This was highly enjoyable, and just what I needed! I've been missing young justice recently, with the new season coming out soon, so I decided to read the comics. They're entertaining and fun, especially for those who have watched the tv show. This was highly enjoyable, and just what I needed! I've been missing young justice recently, with the new season coming out soon, so I decided to read the comics. They're entertaining and fun, especially for those who have watched the tv show.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kier Scrivener

    This is the companion comic series connected to one of my favourite animated shows. I especially liked issue 5 and 6 that delved into the backstories of the Team. It definitely gives contexts to the backgrounds that were merely alluded to in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester

    The comic book companion series to the TV show, it's lacklustre compared to the show but it explained the background of the main characters on the Team. It's kids friendly, which is rather disappointing, but it was still well written. The comic book companion series to the TV show, it's lacklustre compared to the show but it explained the background of the main characters on the Team. It's kids friendly, which is rather disappointing, but it was still well written.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    I'm always down for Young Justice and this comic was quite a treat. Can't wait to read the other three! I'm always down for Young Justice and this comic was quite a treat. Can't wait to read the other three!

  28. 4 out of 5

    James

    Side-kicks only make for B-listed heroes. Not as interesting as the Justice League material

  29. 4 out of 5

    ISMOTU

    A fun tie-in to the excellent Young Justice TV series. These issues give some nice background on the team and show some of the differences between the Young Justice universe and the regular DCU.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Faye Coy

    officially intrigued.

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