Friday, May 23, 2014

JL8: Tiny Superheroes, Big Reading Fun

by Sara N.

I'm in love, you guys. With a group of 8-year-olds.

You may already be a fan of JL8, Yale Stewart's web comic that follows the childhood antics of the youngsters who will someday form the Justice League. But it was completely new to me when my brother texted me the link last night, at which point I read all 176 entries (so far!) in one big gulp.

It's charming. It's funny. It's sad. It's poignant. And you'll be totally swept along following Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Diana Prince, Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, J'onn J'onzz, and Karen Starr as they grapple with crushes and costumes and nascent supervillains and parents who don't understand them.

You'll root for exasperating, heart-wrenching, haughty Bruce, and you'll sympathize as Diana grapples with her destiny. (Heck, even Power Girl's boob window got the JL8 treatment, and good on you, Stewart, for facing that peekaboo elephant in the room head on.) At different points in the series, I wanted to just sweep up and hug Bruce, Karen, J'onn, J'onn's mother, Clark and Diana. (So far, though, Hal and Barry are on their own. Get it together, guys.)

Anyway, maybe you've already discovered the charms of JL8. But if you haven't, spend some time with them. It'll be the best reading you do on the Internet this weekend.

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