"Players, Chapter One: Wheelbarrow, Shoe, Thimble" is the 21st issue of the official Young Justice spin-off comic series and the first chapter of a six part story. It was released on September 19, 2012.
Following the animated series, it's now five years later!
Over a video call, Wally and Artemis wish Dick a happy birthday. He cuts off the call when Bette walks in. Unaware of who he actually is, Bette overheard the birthday wishes, and congratulates him as well. Dick knows who she is, and Bette learns why when she discovers a Gotham Academy yearbook. She heads off for work, and so does Dick.
The Team is assembled in the mission room as Nightwing reviews a graph of El Paso. Rocket and Zatanna stop by to congratulate Nightwing on his birthday; to the surprise of all—except Batgirl—Zatanna kisses him square on the mouth. After Rocket gives him a kiss on his cheek as well, they head off for the Watchtower for their first Justice League briefing. Before they leave, Bumblebee asks Rocket about pictures of Amistad. Robin excuses himself to return to Gotham City for a mission with Batman. Nightwing exchanges a quick word with Superboy and Miss Martian, and they assure him they can still work together despite their relationship issues. Nightwing proceeds with the briefing, telling those present the remaining members will be split up into two squads.
Miss Martian, Superboy, Bumblebee, Batgirl and Beast Boy covertly stake out a rally. Lagoon Boy stands by in the Bio-Ship, and is not content at being sidelined. On the stage, Noor Harjavti commences her speech to raise funds for her struggle for democracy.
Aboard the Sphere, Wonder Girl is thrilled at being in Alpha squad with Nightwing. He tells her he chose her because she is fairly new to the Team herself, and can help recruit the new local hero, Blue Beetle, that way.
Metropolis December 1, 10:02EST Team Year Five
Miss Martian and Superboy scout the surroundings as Noor Harjavti riles against her uncle's puppet regime.
Qurac December 1, 10:28UTC+2 Team Year Zero
Conner has brought Megan some flowers he picked. Garfield tells him it's poison sumac, and he should really wash his hands before touching humans. As Conner throws the "flowers" away, Megan comforts him by telling him that it's the thought that counts, which he finds fitting because he's dating a telepath. They hear visitors, and Marie is quick to make the introductions. She introduces Megan as her daughter, which flatters her. The guest introduces himself: he's Clark Kent of the Daily Planet, and he's brought his photographer Jimmy with him. They're in Qurac not only to interview Marie Logan, but also to cover the president's impeachment hearings. Megan explains they're covering that too, as their civics teacher promised extra credit for a first-hand report. Clark and Jimmy head off to Dhabar.
Metropolis December 1, 10:18EST Team Year Five
At the rally, Conner is greeted by Clark, who's covering the event for the Planet.
El Paso December 1, 08:19MST Team Year Five
On the roof of the local high school, Nightwing and Wonder Girl discuss their target. They don't know much about him, except that Captain Atom, Peacemaker and even Guy Gardner met him and think he's decent, and he's got no connection at all to Ted Kord, the previous Blue Beetle. They do know his secret identity though: Jaime Reyes.
Jaime arrives at school late, but doesn't make it to class. Wonder Girl and Nightwing meet up with him on the steps of the school, and offer him friendship.
Metropolis December 1, 10:24EST Team Year Five
Conner and Megan make small talk with Jimmy, while Megan linked Clark in the telepathic link. He's already spotted trouble: Devastation, a known accomplice of Queen Bee, makes her way to the stage. But she suddenly disappears in a flash of light, and so do Superman and Conner.
Geosynchronous Orbit December 1, 10:28EST Team Year Five
Number 16: The first timestamps of both timelines have the number 16 in them, with the first actually being 16:16.
Blue Beetle is said to have met Guy Gardner, Peacemaker and Captain Atom. In the comics, Gardner is the first hero to find Jaime after he was missing for a year after the Infinite Crisis. Peacemaker arrived later and acted as a mentor of sorts. Captain Atom had no encounters with Jaime, though he was a long time teammate and friend of Ted Kord.
In the Cave, Zatanna's gloves disappear and reappear between frames
When Nightwing and Wonder Girl are flying to El Paso, Wonder Girl's bracelets are missing.
During Nightwing and Wonder Girl's conversation with Jaime, Wonder Girl's earrings disappear and reappear between frames.