A Review of Youngblood #2
Story: Chad Bowers
Art: Jim Towe
Colors: Juan Manuel Rodríguez
Letters: Rus Wooton
The original Youngblood is consistently ranked as one of the most influential comic series ever and rightly so. It was a creation of Rob Liefeld after his extensive run with Marvel on New Mutants and X-Force, and many of the tropes present in these series are also there in Youngblood. Despite initial poor reviews, at the time of its initial release in 1992, Youngblood was the highest selling independent comic. The second issue in this new adaptation picks up where Liefeld’s run left off with cliché storytelling and art that is just barely passable.
This issue mainly served as a way for all of the seemingly new central characters to meet up. Using the flashback’s as a way to see how Vogue forms the initial teams is somewhat effective. Nevertheless, it suffers from the fact that these character’s aren’t that interesting or believable yet. Sentinel sudden shift from not wanting to join the team to joining the team and even adopting the name “Sentinel” seemingly comes without reason. Speaking of which, why would not use a codename, that superhero rule #1. Besides the flashback everything else comes off as too corny or without reason. The villain is almost cookie cutter evil bad guy posing as a good guy, and his name is “The Diehard”(Really.)
It is still early in the run so there is hope that Bowers changes things up enough to add some intrigue, maybe by showing why Badrock and Margot take in the new super team or by finding out what happened to Man-Up. But as of now, this issue doesn’t offer much hope.
The art does a good enough job. The colors harken back to the early 90’s era X-Men issues with their bright colors and ridiculous uniforms. However, while the close-ups on the faces show a decent amount of detail some panels where there are more that one character look particularly muddled and out of focus. Some of the character design/ figures could use some reworking. Obviously these characters are modeled off of their X-Men counterparts, which gives Towe and his team some leeway. However, they could have interpreted something about these characters differently instead of having them be almost one to one comparisons. Also Badrock is supposed to be physically imposing, but in some panels he is quite lean and just slightly taller than the teen recruits.
Youngblood #2 picks up where issue #1 left off, which uncreative characters, a cliché story and inconsistent art. There is some hope that the series will pick up in quality, but as of this issue the spark is simply not there.