Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #6

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

Yeah, okay. Thor-Girl reaches her true destiny. The doomed heroes trapped underground get a reprieve, and the Feds take issue with their treatment by Prodigy some issues ago. The finale of Youth in Revolt depends a lot on whether or not you're familiar with Thor-Girl. This is bad for me. Since, I'm not. I was getting to know her in this miniseries, and she was, as I understand it, a Skrull from 2008 to whenever Secret Invasionended. So, I'm wondering if this transformation was really necessary right now and too soon of a goodbye.

I do like that Thor-Girl's first act as a cosmic muckety-muck is to rescue her friends, who were going to go out in a classy way. I appreciate how she acknowledges her friendship with Cloud 9. Cloud 9 reciprocates with a goal to follow Thor-Girl's stellar example. Before Thor-Girl experiences metamorphosis, she throws down her hammer to confront Prodigy. Thor-Girl believes Prodigy ordered her torture by Cigarette Smoking Man type federal agents. Her belief proved to be false, and she and Prodigy come to terms that if not amiable, at least demonstrate tolerance.

Prodigy's behavior during the Fear Itselffiasco was above board in my opinion, and McKeever bestowed the comportment of a leader to a character that could have been a generic cape. He doesn't deserve the punishment he receives at the end of the book, where whining cry-babies working for the government exact their pound of flesh. The false karmic payback in an otherwise solid, good miniseries, that features some great chapters, leaves the reader with a sour taste. If anything, it's the federal agents that should be reprimanded and demoted for their torture and unlawful interrogation without representation of a super-hero who did in fact register with the government.

Mike Norton and Veronica Gandini were great boons for Youth in Revolt, and these two artists deserve a book to call their own. They excel in colorful superhero fisticuffs, they honor the human form in illustration and nuance drama with subtle expressions; such as the smile Cloud 9 flashes when silently promising Thor-Girl, wherever she is, to aim for the stars.


Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups. In the POBB, as it was affectionately known, Ray reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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