Youngblood #10 – AT4W

I’m ready for the next generation of heroes to retire, please.

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Atop the Fourth Wall is a show about bad comic books. Linkara finds the surreal and the stupid and breaks them down page by page. You'll know why they're idiotic and how they can be improved.


  1. Weird you hardly ever upload before the Nostalgia Critic

  2. 0:19- And I doubt that this show will be around for 100+ seasons.

    Sure, Rob Liefeld may have “created” characters like Deadpool and Cable, but it was writers like Fabian Nicieza and Louise Simonson that made their characteristics that we all know and love.

    8:25- And let me guess. The Devil in the Image Universe also made a deal over a superhero’s marriage ala One More Day.

    9:02- Boner. Boner, boner. Boner boning of boner. Boner, boner. Erect penis.

    12:10- Screw that. I only collect DC, Marvel, and Star Wars action figures, thank you very much.

    Blackrock is nothing like Bizarro or Reverse Flash.

    15:53- This is the weirdest episode of Law & Order: SVU ever.

    I can only find an uncolored image of Chapel shooting himself in the head on Google, and I can already tell that it would look MORE gruesome and insulting in the finished colored product. The movie “Philadelphia,” this comic is not.

    Yeah, this book is a great example on how why the stupid Youngblood movie will never get made, and even if it did, it will be instantly panned and laughed at by audiences (the smarter ones anyway) and critics (the ones who are NOT paid by Liefeld).

    • One More Day was created almost two decades after creation of Image Comic, so I doubt there is any connection, though I guess that was some poor attempt of irony. As for Youngblood movie it is as stupid as Akira movie. Yes, there is some groups of fan-boys or even a director who want those, but neither have a damn sense. At least “Powers” has some general idea what they doing with they anti-hero universe (that is why it get netseries) when in Youngblood it is quite clear that Liefeld was concerned more by own finances using position of CEO of Image to promote own company, then making any real work.

  3. Thanks for the warning Linkara, it was much appreciated.

  4. I couldn’t stand Image comics back in the day, even as a teenage boy in the 90’s I knew I was being pandered to, but I never read Youngblood, so I’m surprised to find out that rubbish this awful was ever published.

    Suicide has never been an easy thing to talk about, but it was especially so when you consider that this was right after Kurt Cobain’s suicide, which I recall triggering a rather large public discussion regarding the subject. If they were trying to ride that wave, than Leifeld’s contribution to said discussion was reckless and irresponsible.

    I don’t think that comics have a responsibility to do anything other than entertain, they don’t have to tackle social issues (although many have, and some quite well), but I do think that if they choose to engage in it they have a responsibility to at least do no harm. This sort of representation of a serious issue affecting young people (moreso than usual at the time, for the aforementioned reasons) crossed the line to glorification. I applaud you for not showing the page Linkara.

    • To be honest not everything they make was a shit (look on The Walking Dead) and they in fact have good reason to split from Marvel and DC back then, who didn’t allow at the time independent publications (until creation of Icon owned by Marvel). The largest issue with Image was that they largely ride on 90’s antihero boom and speculator bubble, and misconception that being good in pictures make you good comic book creator. That is why outside few cases early Image was mostly motivated by greed teen pandering as at that time you could sell anything (many scalpers bough multiple comic believing that they gain vale in future despite quality). When those bubbles burst.. well.

      • I agree that DC and Marvel (especially) had some issues back then, gone were those halcyon days of John Byrne and Chris Claremont. New talent and new ideas were going elsewhere because of the stagnation and a lack of creativity at those two companies. If they did anything that could remotely be considered creative, it usually came off as a cheap sales gimmick, fueled by the speculator bubble to which you referred.

        I did read Valiant comics, in fact for this reason, the stories looked interesting and the artwork was solid, and they were creating characters that you could see becoming your favorite heroes, even though they were quite different. Unfortunately they did not have the staying power to compete with the big publishers, and I think even Image was more successful in the long run.

        But yes, I admit one of the biggest reasons I didn’t read Image was because of the also mentioned anti-hero boom. I thought Spawn in particular was a convoluted mess of mythology and hatred, and I never could get into those books. I spent many a saturday perusing my local comic shop and I must’ve read a half dozen Spawn comics to attempt to understand why people liked this character so much, to no avail.

        To me the characters that were the best “anti-heroes”, were the ones that you were invested in because you saw their stories as villains and found something to sympathize with, or you hoped that they would turn around, and even saw a glimmer of hope when they would work together with the heroes to take down an even greater foe. I think Marvel was the best at this during the gritty late 80’s, but by the early 90’s, even they had become played out.

        It is funny now to think about some of my friends who bought all those alternate covers and number ones thinking this would somehow pay off, now they are stuck with 4 or 5 issues of the same shitty comic in plastic wrap.

        • Exactly! Adding to case of good anti-heroes people usually mention as examples Mad Max and Punisher. First is broad example of survivor who avoid involvement (and for a good reason) but when he become, he try to help. The later was a villain (or technically still is) who target only other villains worst then him (that last is particularly important) bringing battle to they level for revenge, but still he has redeeming qualities. Point is that in opposition to bad anti-heroes he and his world acknowledge that they aren’t good guys. At least Lobo what is another known example was a deliberate parody of this concept (some people argue that also Frank Miller part of Dark Knight). Shamefully most 90’s antiheroes and and some current DCEU heroes are written in this ludicrous way. For the note anti-villains are another interesting, gladly less overused topic.

  5. Okay, there’s bad comics as in “Lol, what even is this?” bad and then there’s bad comics as in “Frank Miller’s Holy Terror” bad. This one is definitely the latter. The fact that this character is essentially using suicide as a power play is honestly sickening. Fuck you, Rob Leifeld.

  6. In addition to the points you made, suicide seems oddly dark for a 90’s-tastic comic series. Oh my gosh. O.O

  7. I looked on Google search for that suicide scene. I was interested, okay? I couldn’t find it. At least Silence is hot. Weird name. Great to see you take on something you’ve mocked a lot.

  8. Details on Spawn. He has a finite counter that started at 9:9:9:9 which is depleted every time he uses his powers. When it runs out he returns to Hell. So he avoids using magic by having his costume fight for him and not healing wounds like the hole in his torso left by Curse.

    Chapel has a lot more going on than was discussed in this review. One of them being that Spawn took his revenge by making the skull face paint permanent. Another is that Bloodstrike team he mentioned. They’re made up of the revived dead and Chapel would have dreams about killing them himself while he was their leader. There’s also whatever had just happened in the Extreme Prejudice crossover.

    Then there’s the whole Lord Chapel stuff being extra confusing.

    • So how that make it less shitty? If they make crossover for example they should acknowledge fact that not everyone do know this character and so they should avoid bringing needlessly too complex plot points like this mentioned here. Plus most 90’s anti-heroes are shit anyway, with its obliviousness to fact they aren’t villains only because of poor writing.

      • I’m not saying that makes it less shitty. Being shitty is an aspect of execution. Clearly these plot points were poorly executed.

        Instead what I’m suggesting is that the attention to HIV and it’s influence on Chapel’s actions were disproportionate to everything else that had been written for that character. There were other factors which may have had greater influence. Despite the poor execution of story telling and depiction his suicide was more complex than is let on by this review. Unfortunately the writing wasn’t sufficient to convey that.

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