Youngblood #71


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Youngblood #71


  • Words: John McLaughlin
  • Art: John Malin and Rob Liefeld
  • Colors: Ross Hughes and Matt Yackey
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $1.95
  • Release Date: May 23, 2012

Exxxxtreme Action!

This week hails the return of yet another Rob Liefeld creation, the 1990s “extreme” content based book, Youngblood.  Written by John McLaughlin, along with art by the famed Liefeld and John Malin, Youngblood evokes some of the most tried and true 1990s themes while simultaneously remaining less than serious, and more than fun.  Whether one identifies themselves as a well-read Youngblood fan, or a first time reader, Youngblood #71 will not disappoint.

Entering Youngblood with the right mindset is crucial to the amount of fun one could have during the title’s short duration.  The tone of the book’s reintroduction reeks of 1990s content as McLaughlin, Malin, and Liefeld pack each page with over-the-top action, “extreme” content, overtly sexual poses, and cheesy fun.  Readers should definitely not expect the wheel to be reinvented with Youngblood, but McLaughlin and Liefeld honestly make no attempt to do so.  Both are conscious of Youngblood’s style and tone, even going as far as to poke fun at the title’s history, characters, and the much necessary inclusion of “clones!”.  Regardless of the book’s past, the direction of the series is definitely focused on fun.

The one flaw of Youngblood is, however, McLauhghlin’s lack of trust in his artists.  Numerous times throughout the title, McLaughin becomes guilty of both showing and also telling readers what is happening.  Each member of Youngblood, for example, finds the most opportune time to tell their enemy what their power set is, right before they unleash their full fury.  The team members are far from the only offenders, however, as officers of the Washington D.C. police force describe how their car is being damaged, despite the art plainly showing the action.  For Youngblood to avoid veering into the territory of tedium, McLaughin needs to put more faith in his artists.

Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood stands above his other Image Comics returning titles, as its tone and direction poke fun at its history, while remaining the cheesy superhero title it always was.  Youngblood is a surprisingly fun offering, for the new or well-versed fan alike.

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