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Youngblood Volume 1 Paperback – December 12, 2017
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But even among that group Youngblood seems unusually cursed. It was relaunched in the late 90s with the dream team of Alan Moore and Steve Skroce, only for the publisher to go bust after 2 issues. It was relaunched in the 2000s with Youngblood as the star of a reality show, only to be cancelled after 9 issues ending on an unresolved cliffhanger. It was relaunched in the 2010s only to be cancelled in a year ending on an unresolved cliffhanger. In between there were aborted miniseries that usually lased only one or two issues before disappearing.
And here we go again.
I've always felt that at its core Youngblood had a lot of potential. Superheroes as celebrities has been done before - Booster Gold, the Elementals and even the Fantastic Four - have gone down that path. But YB made it the core. Mix in the idea that half the team consisted of government-approved stone cold killers and you have a good recipe for stories.
With this book Youngblood is reintroduced for the hacktavist and mobile app era. The team has been disbanded after hackers released information on their dirty dealings. It's been replaced by a mobile app which allows users to summon and rate superheroes themselves. But now heroes are disappearing and a mix of old and new members must reunite to solve the mystery. And they also have to deal with... President Diehard.
I liked it. The art is clean and colorful, the characters come to life and it does feel like Youngblood is living up to some of its potential. Some of the vets on the team like Badrock and Shaft show a lot more personality than I might expect and the newcomers quickly establish themselves. Even better the monthly book has made it 10 issues without being cancelled and even kept to a monthly schedule.
I'll be back for more.
If you have yet to check out this series you are really missing out.