Young Justice: Targets #2
Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 23, 2022
Cover date: October 2022
Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Christopher Jones
Cover: Christopher Jones and Jason Wright
Variant Covers: Meghan Hetrick
Reviewed by: Tony Parker
At the Royal Memorial Hospital in Star City, November 9th, 18:02 PST, Harlan, Jim, Artemis, Will, Cissie and Roy think over the kidnapping of Queen Perdita, and the attack that has bedded Dr. Roquette, Oliver, and Dinah. Artemis is sure of Sportmaster’s culpability, and the group believes the attack was targeted on Oliver and Dinah. Unsure of why Vertigo would kidnap Perdita, the group is suddenly contacted by Oracle, who connects them to a call with the League, the Team, and the Outsiders.
King Byron tells the heroes not to enter Markovia, as they are not granted permission to enter it, and that he will handle it himself. Of course, the league decides to send a covert team (Nightwing, Spoiler, Orphan, Mist, with Thirteen missing as she is on Doctor Fate duty), as Black Lightning explains to Vic. Gar wants to go, no matter what anyone says, but Cassie manages to get him to stay put for now, promising he will go with them to save Perdita. She checks on the team she sent to Paris, and Robin says they are closing on the target.
Bryon takes his team, The Infinitors, to get Perdita out right away. Baazovi is unsure, but is convinced by the team, though he reminds Byron he must wait with his vengeance against Vertigo.
The Infinitors find the cabins where Perdita is located, and after a not so tough battle, Byron leaves with Perdita. Trajectory however goes to Baazovi in a different area, both seemingly doing something suspect. And then Pedita gets a strange, evil look…
A flashback reveals Oliver’s role that day in the assasination of Perdita’s father. He was planning to propose to Dinah, when he saw a familiar evil face. He arrived late, but managed to at least protect Perdita…
To be continued…
Story – 3: I’ll admit, a bit of a less interesting issue. I didn’t mind it, the story went on well, and the final scenes were fun, but I felt a lack of character moments outside of Beast Boy’s scene with Wonder Girl, and Oliver’s flashback. A fine issue, but nothing remarkable. So much so, that I really don’t have much to say.
I liked the action, I am intrigued by the mystery, but I felt like it could have had a larger hook. Maybe a few extra pages, maybe a scene with Perdita’s POV on all this. Maybe more on Will, who seemed to be the main character of the proceedings.
But yeah, solid issue outside of that, thought Byron was interesting as he seems to be a bit of a darker hero, and I liked seeing some of the softer moments.
Art – 3: Nothing as amazing as last time, solid like the story, but not much to talk about.
Cover Art – 2: It looks good, but I hate a cover that doesn’t represent the story. This is about the Infinitors, if anything, not Ollie and Dinah. Still, nice striking visual, just lacking thanks to the out of place nature.
Variant Cover Art – 2: Bland. Beast Boy’s expression doesn’t fit, even if he IS important to the story.
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