Thursday, July 19, 2012

80-Page Thursdays: Secret Origins 80-Page Giant!

Although it's not indicated in the title or the indica, this is the Young Justice issue: Secret Origins 80-Page Giant #1, featuring stories from Chuck Dixon, Mark Waid, Tom Peyer, and more; with art by Humberto Ramos, Cully Hamner, Amanda Conner, and more.

Secret, a mysterious young girl with gaseous powers, has been observing the heroes of Young Justice since they freed her on their first adventure. At their cave headquarters, she meets the Red Tornado, and they talk about Impulse, Superboy, and Robin; as well as Spoiler, Wonder Girl, and Arrowette.

Keeping with the main, Peter David-written Young Justice book, most of the stories are light and entertaining. Spoiler's origin and then-current status as a soon-to-be teen mom is probably the most weighty; but even that doesn't seem like it will keep her down. Arrowette's origin is also the origin of her mom; a former Olympic archer who tried to take the archer/superhero route of Green Arrow and Speedy...unsuccessfully.

A great 80-pager: I swear, DC knocked out a pretty good batch of them in the late 90's, and next week we might keep that streak rolling with another one.

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