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Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1: Review

May 2011
Sean McKeever, Mike Norton

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Youth in Revolt

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1 Review by (July 12, 2023)

Review: An impressive and enjoyable tie-in to the FEAR ITSELF event. I was not looking forward to this, assuming that the massive number of heroes, nearly all of whom would be unknown to me, would only create confusion. But writer Sean McKeever came through and put together a tightly written tale with a relatively small number of heroes, bringing together those who had bad chemistry with others to wring out the maximum interpersonal and emotional drama while still providing a world-shaking conflict with the giant monster Juggernaut. Very nice handling of several characters I was not familiar with, also bringing in the Initiative, the previous failed attempt at creating young hero teams, and sketching it in simple strokes so that no previous experience is necessary. The art is just as good, keeping massive chaos and a multitude of characters crystal clear. Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.  

Comments: Issue partly narrated by Prodigy. FEAR ITSELF tie-in, takes place shortly after the events of FEAR ITSELF #2.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Ritchie Gilmore, formerly the superhero named Prodigy, has been employed as a file clerk in the Department of Justice when he receives a message from Commander Steve Rogers. In view of the Serpent’s invasion, as many heroes as possible are needed so Rogers asks Ritchie to be the head of a new Initiative, recruiting as many former heroes as he can. And so….

In Atlanta, the Cavalry get the call, with Thor Girl and Ultragirl, though the former doesn’t feel right, taking the form of an Asgardian when the real ones have abandoned Earth….

In Manhattan, Gravity and Firestar consider the offer, though Gravity is still confused by the moral ambiguity of their actions….

In Illinois, Cloud 9 tells Komodo that she does not want to rejoin the effort as she does not trust the government….

When the volunteers are assembled in Washington, D.C., Prodigy tells them that while the Avengers and others will be busy dealing with the big picture, they are needed to help people and maintain order, assuring them they the mistakes of the Initiative will not be repeated. After the meeting, various heroes get reacquainted, including Hardball mocking Gravity while hitting on his former girlfriend Komodo. Prodigy offers Gravity a leadership position which prompts Firestar to suggest they be co-leaders….

And then the young heroes go about, rescuing people from disasters and putting a stop to thieves and looters. And then news comes from Washington of an army of Nazi War Machines, led by Sin, devastating the nation’s capital. Rioting breaks out in Atlanta and Thor Girl, with her Asgardian look and hammer, is accused by a mob of being one of the bad guys. Police fire on her and she deflects a bullet which ricochets, killing an officer. She is surrounded by a SWAT team, demanding she drop her weapon….

Mike Norton
Mike Norton
Veronica Gandini
Giuseppe Camuncoli (Cover Penciler)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Inker)
Paul Mounts (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Plus: Cloud 9 (Abby Boylen), Firestar (Angel Jones), Gravity (Greg Willis), Hardball (Roger Brokeridge), Komodo (Melati Kusuma), Prodigy (Richard Gilmore), Sin (Synthia Schmidt), Thor Girl (Tarene), Ultragirl (Suzy Sherman).

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