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"Fears" is the seventh issue of the official Young Justice spin-off comic series. It was released on July 20, 2011.

Solicitation

Campfire bonding continues as the members of the Team share their background stories as well as their hopes and fears. But when do these team-building exchanges cross over into TMI territory? How about when Superboy tells everyone how he's thinking of taking out Superman?

Tagline: It's on! Superboy takes on Superman! (Or does he?)

Synopsis

 
Mount Justice
July 20, 23:09 EDT

Robin reminisces about how he became Batman's protégé.

Four years earlier, he was the youngest of the Flying Graysons in Haly's Circus. The circus was his life, and Jack Haly was like a grandfather to him. His happy life took a turn for the worst when a crime boss, Zucco, tried to extort money from Haly. When Haly refused, Zucco sabotaged the rig. During the Flying Grayson's prize act, without the aid of a net, the ropes snapped, killing Dick's parents. Only his uncle survived, but he was paralyzed for life. Dick was taken in by Bruce Wayne, and eventually became Robin. In one of his first missions, they brought down Zucco.

Kid Flash wakes Robin from his memories, still shocked from what Superboy just said—he thinks of destroying Superman. Superboy has doubts over his life, if he was created purely to destroy Superman. The others indicate they trust him, and point out to him all the good things he has done already. As the conversation dies down, Kid Flash asks for Miss Martian's origin.

On Mars, everyone lives underground because the surface is inhospitable. Family life is important, as families are large. Communication occurs mostly telepathically. There are three main groups of Martians—green, red and white. The whites were discriminated against by a large part of the green and red community.
M'gann was close to her uncle J'onn J'onzz, and watched all of his adventures with the Justice League. J'onn eventually realized he too needed a young partner, like his friends in the League, and returned to Mars to hold a competition. The prize would be becoming his protégé. Half of the Martian population entered, and at first, J'onn was reluctant for his favorite niece to participate. She did, and won. She came to Earth, and it was the happiest moment in her life.

All are excited for Miss Martian, but as it's getting late, Robin, Kid Flash and Miss Martian decide to go to bed. Aqualad offers to stay up with Superboy, but he does not need the company, drowned in thought.

Lois Lane and Jimmy watch in horror as Superman destroys Metropolis. He picks up Lois and flies her through a wall, and kills Perry White with his heat vision. Superboy arrives, and manages to kill Superman.
Doctors Desmond and Spence monitor Project Kr. In his dream, Superboy smashed the containment pod.

Alone in the night, Superboy questions if that really was what he was created for.

Title

The title may refer to Superboy, who fears that his sole reason for existence is to destroy Superman. Also, in "Image" we find out that Miss Martian lied about her true origins. Her fabricated story was predicated on the fear of rejection.

Characters

Character
Amanda Spence (flashback)  
Aqualad
Kid Flash
Lois Lane (dream)  
Mark Desmond (flashback)
Miss Martian
Perry White (dream)  
Robin
Superboy
Superman (dream)
Non-speaking roles
Alfred Pennyworth (flashback)
Aquaman (flashback)
Batman (flashback)
Flash (flashback)
Flying Graysons (flashback)
G-Gnome (flashback)
Green Arrow (flashback)
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) (flashback)
Jack Haly (flashback)  
Jimmy (dream)  
Green Martians (flashback)
Martian Manhunter (flashback)
Red Martians (flashback)  
White Martians (flashback)  
Wonder Woman (flashback)
Wotan (flashback)  
Zucco (flashback)  
Character debut
Speaking debut


Continuity

Trivia

  • The cover features a small bubble in the left top with Superboy; it reuses artwork from Mike Norton's cover of "Stopover".
  • Dick swearing allegiance to Batman by candlelight is a reference to his first appearance, Detective Comics #38.
  • The shot of the Justice League battling Wotan is based on the cover of The Brave and the Bold #28, the first appearance of the Justice League.
  • Zucco's appearance, with a lean face, gap in his teeth and toothpick, is based on his appearance in the television series The Batman.
  • Miss Martian's story about how she won a competition on Mars to become a hero, mirrors Wonder Woman's origin story in the comics.

Goofs

Cultural references

Questions

Questions
  1. Do not answer here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For complete answers to the questions in this section, click here.

Answered questions

  • In "Secrets," Red Arrow claimed that according to Martian Manhunter, M'gann stowed away on his ship after a trip to Mars, and he did not know her before that. Why does she tell a different story to her teammates? (Answer)

Unanswered questions

  • Clark Kent is not present at the Daily Planet in the implanted memory. Does Cadmus know that he is Superman?

Quotes

M'gann: Well, I'm from Mars. Ugn! Hello, Megan! ... You guys already knew that!


Wally: Three hundred [cousins]?
M'gann: Yes.
Wally: Are they all hot girls like you?
Robin: Wow. You are a class act.

Footnotes

  1. Jones, Christopher (2013-01-17). Post. Facebook. Retrieved 2013-01-17.

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