This series is still going strong. This issue was a bit confusing for me not knowing the history of the original Youngblood well enough. But it was still enjoyable. They’ve recruited another “Oldblood” and now the team is fleshed out further. There’s some in-fighting, and now Diehard (the president) knows that Badrock has been working with the reformed Youngblood. So there’s some more conflict there. All in all, a bit of a transitional issue, but still good.
I’m still loving this new Youngblood series. And sure, there’s the 90’s nostalgia. There’s no doubt that’s huge for me. But the truth is I barely read Youngblood back then. I knew of them. I had a friend who was really into them. But I basically knew of the comic just for those awesome covers. So what I love about this is that it really is a new series that seems like an actual sequel. It’s as if we’re catching up on Youngblood now – except I barely know them then. So it’s okay that I’m just getting in on the ground floor here and having fun learning what I am as I go. I assume it’s even better for longtime fans? Either way, it’s making me want to go back and read the old stuff too… soon enough.
The story here is cool – how this new team is coming together and wants to right the wrongs of the old team. And the art is fantastic. It’s totally fitting of all those awesome 90’s covers I recall.
A new Youngblood series hitting the shelves in 2017 was very exciting for me. Comic fans of the 90’s are sure to have a soft spot for Liefield and Image Comics. At least I know I sure do.
What’s great here is how organic it feels. It is certainly a throwback, sure. Its artwork is definitely fitting of the Youngblood name. But thank goodness it’s not just a hollow rehash. Instead it takes place now with new faces along old. There’s a new guard who wants to fill the shoes filled by the (mostly) forgotten Youngblood of old.
So yeah – it feels 90’s. But it’s also about a team of millenials who cut their teeth fighting crime via an app called Help! where users can call for a superhero the same way you can call for an Uber.
By the end of the issue we’ll see some old familiar characters meeting up with this new team, and I’m very excited to see where all this goes. Highly recommended!