Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at a sadly short-lived series by Alan Moore and Steve Skroce – Awesome’s Youngblood…
Youngblood only had two actual issues released, but there were three other issues that came out including the team. One, Awesome Adventures, had the unpublished issue #3, plus they appeared in a Holiday Special plus there was a special version of #1 that had two extended prologues.
I’m going to show you pages from one of the extended prologue to give you an idea of just how Alan Moore and Steve Skroce were approaching this superhero team, which followed up Alan Moore’s Day of Judgment mini-series that disbanded the previous Youngblood (Day of Judgment was a murder mystery where it turned out that veteran team member Sentinel sort of snapped and killed another member of the team and pinned the crime on ANOTHER member – once that revelation came out, the team fell apart).
As you can see, this is pretty much Moore doing a sort of post-modern New Teen Titans, and he handled it with a lot of strong humor and good character work. Skroce, meanwhile, was very strong on the artwork. Some of the best work of his career, really.
It’s just a shame that it had to end so soon.
Then again, it ending soon was sort of the impetus for America’s Best Comics, so I suppose it all worked out for the best.