Comic guide

"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.


Tagline: The Invasion starts here!


Mount Justice
December 1, 16:16 EST
Team Year Zero

In the Cave, Zatanna greets Robin with a peck on the cheek, and wishes him a happy birthday. He questions how she knew, at which Kid Flash pops by to tell him he did it, and he's welcome.

December 1, 08:16 EST
Team Year Five

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.

Mount Justice
December 1, 08:55 EST
Team Year Five

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.

December 1, 09:48 EST
Team Year Five

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.

December 1, 09:15 UTC+2
Team Year Zero

At the Logan Animal Sanctuary, Gar watches Rumaan Harjavti's press conference about his impending impeachment. His mother calls him away because Conner and Megan have arrived for their visit.

El Paso
December 1, 07:50 MST
Team Year Five

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.

December 1, 10:02 EST
Team Year Five

Miss Martian and Superboy scout the surroundings as Noor Harjavti riles against her uncle's puppet regime.

December 1, 10:28 UTC+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.

December 1, 10:18 EST
Team Year Five

At the rally, Conner is greeted by Clark, who's covering the event for the Planet.

El Paso
December 1, 08:19 MST
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.

December 1, 10:24 EST
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, 10:28 EST
Team Year Five

From his spaceship, the "Collector of Worlds" communicates with Orb-One about the retrieval of certain assets by First Leader. He has the go-ahead for the next phase of the plan.

To Be Continued...


The wheelbarrow, shoe, and thimble are token pieces used in the board game Monopoly. The shoe and the thimble were introduced in 1937, while the wheelbarrow came in the early 1950s.


Bette Kane
Blue Beetle
Collector of Worlds  
Clark Kent/Superman
Garfield Logan/Beast Boy
Kid Flash
Lagoon Boy
Mal Duncan
Marie Logan
Miss Martian
Noor Harjavti
Orb-One (not seen)  
Rumaan Harjavti
Wonder Girl
Non-speaking roles
Ted Kord (flashback)  
3 Character debut
1 Speaking debut



  • 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.

Cultural references


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  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
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Answered questions

Unanswered questions

  • Have Conner and Jimmy met?


  • Bette Kane: I went to G.A.
  • Dick Grayson: I know.
  • Bette Kane: And, duh, so did you.
  • Dick Grayson: I know.
  • Bette Kane: God I wish I wasn't already late for work...
  • Dick Grayson It's okay...

  • Zatanna: How is it again you're still friends with all your exes?
  • Nightwing: That's my superpower.


  1. Jones, Christopher (2012-09-22). OUT NOW: Young Justice #20 – The INVASION Begins!. Retrieved 2012-09-23.

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