Dark Crisis: Young Judge #4
Expected arrival in store: September 20, 2021
Cover date: November 2022
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Screenwriter: Meghan Fitzmartin
Artist: Laura Braga
Cover: Max Dunbar and Luis Guerrero
Variant Cover: Serg Acuna
Reviewed by: Craig Boehmer
Our trio of boys are engaged in extended fistfights with members of the Justice League and the Teen Titans. Connor is stuck in a crisis of conscience over the fight. He realizes that this world could take him back to a better time in his history, without the trauma he endured. Bart and Tim are fiercely opposed to this line of thinking, preferring to go home. Tim and Connor’s constant arguments over how Connor’s death and its ramifications on both of their lives arouse Bart’s anger and contempt. Bart replies that he is also dead and that their treatment of him is shameful.
Meanwhile, Cassie, Cissie, and Red Tornado enter the abandoned Teen Tower. Cissie is shaken by the mausoleum and sees the statues of the dead. They then head to Themyscira and board Diana’s invisible jet to find the boys. Both girls have their own relationship realization with which Cissie realizes everything she turned her back on leaving, and all the pain her friends endured in her absence. They head into space where a swarm of space mites attacks them, Cissie nearly dies but is saved by Red Tornado.
Back with the boys, the real villain is revealed. Mickey, the son of Mr. Mxyzptlk.
Story – 3: There are some great character moments in this issue. But the action seems flat because there is no stake. Bart’s accusation of being Tim and Connor’s third wheel was a great story point. It’s sad that no one cares about Tim and Connor, let alone Bart. Cassie and Cissie also have a defining moment in their relationship. This is because Cissie realized how turned away she had been when she left Cassie. It’s a shame DC messed up who the villain was months ago, it could have been an exciting time.
Art-4: The fight choreography could have been more dynamic. It just felt like the fight was an afterthought of the character’s moments. Not that that’s a bad thing in general, but there has to be better balance in a comic. Also… I hate Connor’s hair in this comic.
Coverage – 5: This cover is a great throwback to the late 90s of DC Comics. Seeing these Aquaman and Kyle creations made me very excited. Two quibbles, I (still) don’t like Connor’s hair, and Clark needs a mullet.
Cover variant – 5: This blanket is a beautiful tribute to Cassie’s life. Each image looks great in the background and showcases its story.
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