Comic guide

"Cold Case" is the tenth issue of the official Young Justice spin-off comic series. It was released on October 19, 2011.


The Team is taking Espionage 101 from Captain Atom. Their class project is to solve a cold case that involves a forty-year-old murder mystery, a military conspiracy and a half-decent chance that none of them will come out alive.

Tagline: Captain Atom Wants YOU to Solve a Mystery!


Mount Justice
August 13, 15:28 EDT

Captain Atom is giving the Team a lecture about espionage, but most of them are bored by all the information. So instead, Captain Atom gives them a cold case from the Vietnam war: the possible framing of Air Force captain Nathaniel Adams, who was convicted in 1968 for the murder of general Clement Lemar. however Captain Atom received a very reliable tip that Adams was in fact innocent. The Team accepts the terms and conditions of this new mission in order to avoid returning to the lecture.

Washington, D.C.
August 13, 23:03 EDT

Miss Martian infiltrates the Pentagon in the guise of a JAG lieutenant. She arranges a meeting with Wade Eiling, who was the judge at Adams's trial. Robin infiltrated the Pentagon's ventilation system and spies in on the conversation as Eiling recollects how things happened.

Adams blamed Lemar for deliberately sending him and his men into an ambush by Viet Cong. Enraged, he pulled his knife on his commanding officer. When M.P. Sergeant Polk arrived to check in on the noise, Lemar was dead. It was an open and shut case; he was sentenced to life in prison. Adams committed suicide in prison that same year.
Las Vegas
August 13, 20:12 PDT

Kid Flash and Superboy go to Vegas in civvies to question Henry Yarrow, who was previously Adams's attorney during the trial. He is more than happy to help what he thinks is a couple of journalism students, and tells them how he was told things happened.

Adams worked Air Force Intelligence, and had received information on a weapon smuggling ring. He confided with General Lemar, who agreed, and sent him and his squad to Hill 409. The squad was ambushed; only Adams and Yarrow escaped, albeit barely. Adams was convinced Lemar had set him up, and confronted him; but once there, he blacked out. When he came to, Lemar was dead and Sgt. Polk was at the scene to arrest him. Yarrow took Adams's defense in court, but all evidence was stacked against him: prosecutor Lt. Kevin Blankly showed that Lemar was murdered with Adams's knife, and medical examiner Maj. Shirley Mason ruled out Adams's story that he was drugged. The case was clear: Adams was sentenced to life in prison, where he died a year later. Eiling, the judge, married Adams's widow, and raised his two children as his own.

Yarrow says he was convinced the case was a set-up, but never had the evidence to prove anything.

August 13, 23:57 EDT

Following up on Yarrow's story, Robin and Miss Martian investigate Shirley Mason, are surprised to find her dead body. They uncover a photo of her with several military officials that is on her body, they both manage to get out before the police can show up and make assumptions.

August 13, 19:06 HST

Aqualad and Artemis meet with Adams's children, Peggy and Randy. To Randy, it's clear that his biological father was a traitor, and does not like talking about him—his father is Wade Eiling. Peggy agrees with her mother, who was always convinced of Adams's innocence.

Afterward, Artemis and Aqualad discuss the two siblings, and fatherhood in general—Artemis posits that being a biological father doesn't make him the actual father, as honesty and parental skills have not much to do with biology. Aqualad does not listen; his mind is in Atlantis. Artemis asks him about his parents. His mother is Sha'lain'a of Shayeris, while his father is Calvin Durham, originally a spy of Black Manta, genetically engineered to infiltrate Atlantis. The two fell in love, and Durham abandoned his mission. Aqualad is convinced they should remain clear-headed in this case too, and not judge anyone until all the facts are in.

August 14, 00:32 EDT

The Team convenes outside General Trang's mansion. Trang, a former North Vietnamese general, was on the photo Major Mason had—the only non-American on that image. Robin's facial recognition program found his data right away. Superboy spots someone beside Trang inside, who is armed with a sword. As Mason was killed by a sword, they reason that this must be the killer. Miss Martian goes in to investigate.

Trang warns his guest, Rako, that he knows what happened to Mason, and knows what he'll do to him. He is disappointed that the boy he raised since he was a child would resort to that. But as he lifts his sword, it flies out of his hand. He uses infrared glasses to find the origin, and quickly spots Miss Martian. He strikes her down, but before he can finish, Superboy bursts in. To the boy's surprise, Rako's sword is able to make a large wound in his chest.

To Be Continued...


A cold case is an unsolved crime that is being looked into decades later. It does not quite fit the issue's story, as the case the Team is working on is less of an old case that was never solved, and more of an appeal.


Captain Atom  
Duk Trang  
Henry Yarrow  
Kid Flash
Miss Martian
Peggy Eiling  
Randy Eiling  
Wade Eiling  
Non-speaking roles
Alec Rois (picture)  
Clement Lemar  
Enos Polk  
Kevin Blankly  
Shirley Mason  
11 Character debut
1 Speaking debut


  • This story continues in the next issue.
  • The croupier asks if Superboy is under 21, at which he answers if it's in weeks or in months. He was 16 weeks on July 4; by August 13, he was in his 21st week.
  • The writing on Aqualad's notepad during the lecture includes a "Tula" in Greek Cyrillic, and in Honolulu, Aqualad's mind drifts to his family. The events of this issue take place two weeks before "Downtime", where his homesickness is revealed.


Language translations

Language Line Translation
Atlantean Aqualad: ΤΥΛA Tula


  • Captain Adams is identified as Air Force, yet he wears an Army uniform on the file photo.
  • The timestamp identifies the city the Pentagon is located in as Washington, D.C., but in reality, it's in Arlington County, Virginia.
  • The timestamp also indicates it is 23:03, near midnight, but the sky is still clear blue. This is a coloring mistake.[2]
  • Despite identifying himself as a colonel in 1968, Wade Eiling wears the rank insignia of a major general in the flashbacks.
  • When examining Shirley Mason's murder, Miss Martian says "they're" instead of the correct "their".
  • Artemis's eyes are green in the Cave and blue in Honolulu. They should be dark gray.

Cultural references


  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


  • Superboy: You need super-powered operatives for this?
  • Captain Atom: Right, then. I'll continue the lecture.
  • The Team: No!

  • Croupier: And, sir, no one under twenty-one is allowed in the casino. You are under twenty-one?
  • Superboy: In weeks or months?

  • Robin: This is a covert op. We keep to the shadows. We don't take the offensive. Like in Captain Atom's lecture.
  • Kid Flash: Dude, you were listening?

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jones, Christopher. Commentary: Young Justice #9 "Cold Case". Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2012-03-23). Question #14538. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.