YMMV / Youngblood

  • Accidental Innuendo: On the part of the series' creator; The hero's codename is Shaft? Come on.
  • Cliché Storm: The series featured a team whose only non-powered member was also its leader, several Wolverine rip-offs including a Proud Warrior Race Guy, characters layered in pouches and shoulderpads, names like "Darcangel" and "Bedrock, oops, Badrock"," gun-toting anti-heroes with religious-sounding names (the hot new character when the book debuted was Marvel's gun-toting antihero Bishop — Youngblood gives us Chapel, Cross, and Prophet), and buxom women in skimpy outfits. And they had "Home" and "Away" teams.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In the relaunch, the team is fighting a giant robot. The battle abruptly ends when Badrock jumps out of a plane on top of it.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: In Youngblood #1 (2017), the On Patrol Montage of Petra Gomez, while we see the reviews she's getting on Help from the the people she's rescuing. Firstly, she's in a desperate firefight with an unseen assailant, with a car being thrown around behind her, with the review simply states "Sorry our party got out of hand. Phi Kappa Theta!". Next, we see her jumping out of a exploding building with the two-star review "Saved my life, but blew up my store. Finally we get an image of Petra injured and bleeding while the five-star review cheerfully proclaims "Rescued my daughter from human trafficking. Would use again! (Hope I never have to)"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Badrock is easily the most popular member of the team - and the only one to be in every single version of it.
    • In-universe, Troll was established as one to set up a bit of conflict between him and the equally in-universe popular Badrock. Out of universe, not so much.
  • Follow the Leader: The 2017 relaunch is essentially Image's attempt to rejuvenate the Youngblood franchise, celebrating its history while bringing in new fans, not unlike DC Rebirth, which started roughly a year earlier. The first arc is even called "Youngblood Reborn".
  • Fridge Brilliance: It's possible that Liefeld didn't just choose the name "Youngblood" because it sounded cool. After all, he had gained a lot of popularity with his X-Force work, and since "Youngblood" begins with a Y and "X-Force" begins with an X, anyone looking for his X-Force issues would be likely to see his new comic right beside them on the shelves of the comic book stores. This might also be the reason why Todd McFarlane, who'd previously worked on Spider-Man, named his new hero "Spawn."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Youngblood began as Liefeld's idea for Roy Harper leading a team of Titans working for the government. Two years after the first Youngblood issue, Roy Harper was leading the Titans for the government.
  • Memetic Mutation: Rob Liefeld's Shaft! 7" tall, fully poseable! Explaination 
  • Misaimed Marketing: In the 90's, there were plans for Fox Kids to do a Saturday Morning Cartoon adaptation. The franchise's entire claim to fame was that it was part of the trend of Darker and Edgier, Hotter and Sexier comics starring teams of violent Nineties Anti Heroes, which makes you wonder why someone would look at that and think "This would be GREAT as a kid's show!" (at least until you remember that violent films like the Rambo series and Robocop had animated adaptions aimed at kids)
  • Narm: "Badrock" isn't as cool a name if you're from Sweden, since it's Swedish for "bathrobe."
    • It's not much better in English as it brings to mind The Flintstones more than anything. Since Badrock's original name and battle cry was Bedrock and "Yabba-Dabba-DOOM!" respectively, this is clearly intentional, both in-universe and out.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Pretty much any of the relaunchs, due to the original 1992 Youngblood series being so infamous. Notably, the first issue of the 2017 relaunch has received overall positive reviews from critics and readers, many of whom admit they had low expectations for the series simply due to it being Youngblood.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Like many of Rob Liefeld's works this series was clearly "influenced by" similar Marvel and DC properties. This—among other things—gave Liefeld haters just that much more ammunition. Youngblood'' is the remnant of a Teen Titans spin-off Liefeld had created. The character of Shaft is clearly a Captain Ersatz of Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy. It doesn't take much that Cougar is essentially a repaint of Wolverine or that Sentinel is either Iron Man or War Machine without the helmet.
    • Also, we have Diehard, a character who throws a red, white, and blue circular shield that rebounds off of enemies and returns to him, and was the result of Project: Born Again. Original character, do not steal! We also get cyborg enemies who are known for saying "Resistance is futile; you will be assimilated," which is of course nothing like the Borg, and a planet called D'Khay ruled by the godlike villain Darkthornn, accessed through teleportation devices known as "crash tunnels."note  Also, Cougar (and Wildmane) are not where the Wolverine ripoffery ends (or Warwolf being a blatant ripoff of Sabertooth); this series actually has several. And speaking of Star Trek, the oh-so-imaginatively-named Combat is from a race of Proud Warrior Race Guys whose ships look exactly like Klingon ships. (Interestingly, they don't look much like Klingons, or like each other. One does look perfectly identical to Nova (Frankie Raye) from Marvel, though. The pointy bits on the mask/face are just extended until it looks ridiculous.) Liefeld must've really felt like giving his lawyers a workout!