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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 133

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…

Enjoy!

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 One, Awesome Adventures, had the unpublished issue #3, plus they appeared in a Holiday Special plus there was a special version of #1 that had two extended prologues.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.

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i remember reading those first two issues and feeling very confident that this was going to be my new favorite comic series. and at the same time, supreme was outstanding, and the first preview issue of glory had just come out, which looked great as well. it really was sad that the company fell apart, but i guess that’s what you get when rob liefeld is running things. and like brian said, that premature collapse pretty directly lead to ABC, so i guess things worked out.

Moore’s work at Awesome – Supreme, Youngblood, Glory and Judgement Day – comprise my all-time favorite group of comics. While it is nice that the failure of Awesome led to ABC, I would have sacrificed America’s Best (since though I loved Top Ten, I only liked Promethea and Tom Strong and disliked Tomorrow Stories) for another few years of the Awesome stuff. The universe he was creating and defining was masterful.

Has this been collected? I can’t believe I never read this.

It’s in the Judgment Day trade.

Day of Judgement is so ridiculously good.

One of the DoJ issues shows some of Alan’s script and it’s downright funny seeing his written pages compared to what Rob Liefeld was able to draw. Say what you will about Rob, he is at least effective at drawing action, so this extended courtroom drama was not at all in his wheelhouse.

Alan Moore’s YOUNGBLOOD: More proof that a great writer can manufacture good stuff out of sheer dreck.

Wow. Moore on Youngblood. And I thought the fact that he did Wildcats was weird. The late ’90s was a weird phase for him.

Truckloads of money seal the deal.

Day of Judgement is so ridiculously good.

Really? I thought it was about the worst thing Alan Moore has written.

@DanCJ

I thought his Voodoo mini-series was the worst thing I’ve ever read of his. Just horrible. But to each their own, you know?

I liked DoJ because it was a crossover that wasn’t some kind of apocalyptical, “we’re all gonna die unless ____”, “look out it’s brand new/obscure villian and boy is he pissed” story. There was a murder and there was a trial, and in the midst of it all Moore introduced all these cool characters and seemlessly worked The Book into the whole history of the Awesome universe. I loved that in the end, the entire “Dark Age” of comics was because of one guy who was too selfish and small-minded to embrace nobility – especially ironic considering it was a comic coming from one of the Image founders who pretty muched trademarked the demon cyborg zombie from the future with a gun genre.

I loved the whole Moore Awesome universe so I think I am biased, but he did an excellent job with the story – good twists, nice characterization, lots of nods to continuity, a satisfying conclusion, and it opened up myriads of possibilites for stories in the future had the company not gone under.

TBH it just bored me.

Voodoo was okay. Certainly far from Moore’s best works, but I still put it above U S Agent, Splash Brannigan, Cobweb, Day of Judgement and a lot of the Tom Strong stories.

I still want to see the 1963 Annual, done by the Image creators…or at least Rick Veitch on the old art, and Joe Bennett or the like on the current era art.

randypan the goat boy

May 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I dont know what to say. The words Youngblood and good dont really belong in the same sentence. But here I am reading and then rereading what was pictured[posted whatever]. I will buy this and i just want it to be known that I still see Rob Liefeld as the fred durst of comics…Give me something to break….I did it all for the nookey…what …the nookey…what so you can take that cookie…keep rollin rollin rollin rollin…Poetry. really song writing prowess that would make kurt cobane want to shoot himself all over again…anyway liefeld you still suck

You may not like Rob but the only thing this series has to do with him are some names and such.

Look at it this way – Alan Moore can make even Youngblood awesome!

randypan the goat boy

May 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I have to admit that i was among the bajillions of people who bought the first issue of youngblood, and this was nothing like that abomination. as far as Alan Moore goes he likes to alienate the people who made him a star in the United states. He can write some wonderful com ics when he wants to, but for some reason he wants to write stories about snow white getting a 7 dwarf money shot[ no matter how hard she tries there will always be two waitin in line]. Its hard to support someone who tells his fans to go fuck themselves when it comes to the work he is most famous for. The thing about rob Liefeld that drives people so crazy is that he is the perfect example of style over substance and he represents a very bleak time in comics, when every book had 5 covers and a die cut hologram coupon for a zero issue that was completley unneeded and was usually 5 pages of story sread out over 20 pages

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