Young Justice #17

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker Artist: Scott Godlewski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 5, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 9
7.0Critic Rating
5.1User Rating

This very special issue focuses directly on the friendship at the heart of Young Justice: Conner, Tim, and Bart-a.k.a. Superboy, Drake, and Impulse. As younger men, these three iconic heroes built Young Justice on their friendship. Now their dream has grown and changed as much as they have. And with the demands of adulthood pulling them in different directions, they realize that nights like this one may never happen again.

  • 10
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 11, 2020

    Disconnected from the team's larger story, this is an issue you could skip without missing anything of huge importance but the writing in so good here and framing much of story through the eyes of Yolanda offers an Astro City vibe (damn I miss that comic) that hits just the right notes as Drake reminds the reader that there are many ways to be a hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Aug 6, 2020

    A very good issue. If you've been looking for a place to get into Young Justice, this is the issue you've been looking out for. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Aug 7, 2020

    Young Justice #17 is one of the finest issues of the series. It takes a break from the giant stakes and speedster-level pace and lets the characters carry the story. It's exactly the kind of issue that is Bendis' known specialty, and guest artist Scott Godlewski does a great job at selling the type of story that should be antithetical to good comics. Of course, Bendis still can't seem to shake this meta-commentary of the DC Universe and what a mess it is, and I think we could all do without that. Still, I hope to see more issues like this one going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 4, 2020

    Pacing-wise, there's still a few kinks to work out, but this is easily the best book starring DC's teen heroes we've gotten in years. Bring in some of the Outsiders crew when that series ends, please. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 7, 2020

    In a nice riff on the theme of the issue, she hears that Drake doesn't have powers but he still is there. Everyone should do what they can. That last panel of Yolanda steeling herself, or perhaps feeling a surge of inspiration is powerful. More great work by Godlewski, especially the lack of background. Yolanda has been transported in her mind here, lost in her own thoughts. You'll have to read the issue to see what she does next. Outside of the brief mind reset I needed to slot this issue into the current timeline, I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. It is almost a stand alone, teaching us about the characters and giving us some big themes to thing about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Aug 5, 2020

    Young Justice #17 was a very good issue, one that takes a step back from the fast-paced hell ride that the rest of the series has been. It was definitely a much needed change of pace. I feel that, if Bendis and Walker had kept up with the heart pounding action, I would've needed a new heart! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Aug 6, 2020

    Taking a break to clean up after the big mess of the Justice/Doom War, the teens of the team find friendship and clarity together. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 4, 2020

    This was a conversation heavy issue, which is a Bendis specialty so despite Drake, Superboy and Impulse wanting to dig into the mystery of their return last issue that subplot is shelved for a decent but largely inconsequential detour. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 5, 2020

    It's a housekeeping issue, clearing the decks and setting up new threads, but it feels slow and somewhat inessential, even with some good art. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Aug 7, 2020

    Young Justice #17 really does live up to its name. Every legacy character who has a counterpart in YJ has a heart to heart with him or her. It was nice, but it also meant that this entire book was all about spinning tires. It felt like filler. I don't really need filler. There are so many characters in this story who could shine, but they never get a chance because Clark and Barry and Diana all have to have their say too. Look. If Tim Drake is in a comic, I am going to read it, but he needs to actually be in the comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Aug 4, 2020

    Young Justice #17 isn't a bad issue, but it relies heavily on outside information for context which can make it alienating for some readers. It does feature an interesting outside point of view character and gives her a solid arc. It also takes time to showcase interactions between the core team members and while those moments are nice, they also don't feel earned and do little to advance the story. Generally, the issue feels more like a coda to Action Comics instead of a Young Justice book, leaving me wondering if anything that happened will be relevant going forward. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 4, 2020

    While you'll get a book full of your favorite young heroes that looks great, the story will ultimately do nothing to answer any lingering questions that this series has raised and maybe just leaves you with some more.  There's barely a story here and mostly focuses on these heroes just being sweet to each other and if that's all you need....... Well, maybe this is for you, but I personally need more than just surface-level nonsense from characters that barely feel like themselves. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 5, 2020

    There's a lot of personality and story to be mined with this cast, but Young Justice #17 simply tells readers why they should care rather than showing them a reason. Read Full Review

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