Young Justice is a 2019 comic series written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Patrick Gleason, set to be the flagship title of Bendis' own Wonder Comics. The title will unite the original trio of Tim Drake, Conner Kent and Bart Allen, aka Robin, Superboy and Impulse, and they form the new iteration of Young Justice. Joining them is another iconic Young Justice character, Cassie Sandsmark aka Wonder Girl, and two newcomers in the form of Jinny Hex, the great-granddaughter of the legendary outlaw Jonah Hex, and Teen Lantern, a young hacker who has somehow hacked a Green Lantern Power Battery.
The first arc involves the team fighting off an invasion from Gemworld, which has been affected every time Earth had a major crisis (which is to say, a lot) and now they know whose fault it is. Amethyst appears in this series, and is set to get her own title down the line.
Not to be confused with Young Justice: Outsiders, which despite carrying the name and launching at around the same time, is not tied to this comic in any way.
Young Justice contains examples of:
- A Day In The Lime Light: Certain issues will focus on individual characters, and their stories. for example, issue 2 is about Cassandra Sandsmark.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Jinny Hex is the teen female descendant of Jonah Hex.
- Beard of Sorrow: Conner's grown a scraggly beard when he reappears. Living in Gemworld and becoming a farmer does that to you.
- The Bus Came Back: This marks the return of Young Justice after 16 years of dissolution.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Amethyst appears here and is set to get her own series later.
- Call to Agriculture: When Conner got sent to Gemworld, he ended up abandoning heroics and embracing the Kent in him by becoming a farmer.
- Continuity Nod:
- During the invasion from Gemworld, two ladies groan about their cafe getting wrecked again. These are the same two who had Rogol Zol's fight with Superman tear through their store in Action Comics #1000.
- In issue #5, when Zatanna accidentally unlocks Tim's memories of the pre-Flashpoint universe, we're shown not only most of the recognizable members of the original Young Justice, including Arrowette, Empress, Secret and Slobo, but also Grant Morrison's JLA line-up and past mentors Red Tornado and Snapper Carr.
- Continuity Reboot: As this is set in the post-Flashpoint/Rebirth continuity, the title is this to the original Young Justice.
- Somewhat averted, in that Bart alludes to there being a previous incarnation of the team in the first issue. Indeed, when Bart says that Young Justice is back, Tim flat out says "Not without Conn—". While Bart has been shown to have his pre-Flashpoint memories, Tim hasn't aside from his original origin. Issue #5 rectifies that by revealing that Zatanna unlocked those memories.
- Costume Evolution: Tim, Bart and Conner get looks inspired by their original Young Justice designs, but with added touches to keep them current.
- Dark Secret:
- Somewhere between the end of the New 52 Teen Titans run and the first issue, Cassie is going through something that makes her not want to use her powers. Before she joins the battle, she's obviously crying because of it. Issue 2 reveals that Zeus tried to recruit her to be a guardian of the realm, she refused because she was tired of people telling her what she should be and The Call Knows Where You Live.
- Issue 4 seems to suggest that Dark Opal has been running Gemworld in secret.
- One Steve Limit:
- Averted with Superboy. Conner and Jon Kent will be sharing the moniker, with Bendis reassuring fans that, no, Conner's return doesn't mean Jon gets replaced. He's said that the two will eventually address the use of the name.
- Also, there's Tim returning to Robin while Damian is also holding the title.
- Retcon: According to Bendis, Conner will have always existed and has simply been missing the whole time. It's implied that Conner was around before Dr. Manhattan caused the New 52 and him being teleported to Gemworld caused him to slip through the cracks.
- The Reveal: Issue #5 reveals that Tim Drake now remembers the original Young Justice and the old continuity, explaining how Tim remembers Conner when he didn't in "A Lonely Place of Living".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In issue #3, Conner ends up coming to grips with the fact that he's a clone and shouldn't be held down with the idea of living life normally, thus he dumps school.
- Ship Sinking: Bendis sunk the Conner/Cassie pairing in Issue #3 by revealing that Conner is a married man with wife and a kid on the Gemworld.
- Snap Back: Tim and Bart are now back to being Robin and Impulse again, as opposed to Red Robin and Kid Flash. While Bart's return as Impulse was shown at the end of "Flash War", it is currently unknown what would push Tim to take up the Robin moniker.
- Super Team: A team of mismatched young heroes with differing powers.
- Vague Age: It's not clear how old Bart is, at least biologically. At times he seems to be as young as he was when he was first created, at others he seems closer to Tim's age.
- Wham Episode: Issue #5 which reveals that Tim had his memories of the pre-Flashpoint timeline restored before the events of the series, which is why he was in Metropolis in the first issue.
- Wham Shot: Issue #3, the sight of Connor's Gemworld wife and child.