Young Heroes in Love is an American comic book series published by DC Comics; it ran for 18 issues (including the #1,000,000 issue) from 1997 to 1998.
Publication history Edit
The series was created by Dan Raspler and Dev Madan, and explored the trope of the "garage band" as it applied to superheroes: the Young Heroes (as they called themselves) were not so much a team as a somewhat haphazard grouping of superhumans who had been persuaded to work together, but were not really ready to deal with it.
Unusually for a comic set in an established publisher-owned universe, Young Heroes in Love was half creator-owned: though all the characters featured in the book belong to DC Comics, Raspler and Madan retained copyright to the stories and art.
The series was involved with two crossovers. Genesis featured some of the cast going through power-changes and the defeat of Kalibak. The #1,000,000 issue was a part of the DC One Million storyline. It featured mainly citizens of the future who resembled the characters but, near the end, had appearances by older versions of Off-Ramp and Frostbite.
- Hard Drive, the team's self-proclaimed leader. A powerful telekinetic and, secretly, a telepath, Hard Drive had preconceived notions as to how the team members should behave and interact, and was not above manipulating their minds and behaviors to fit these notions. He eventually had a nervous breakdown, after which he retired from being a hero and became governor of Connecticut.
- Off-Ramp, eventually revealed to be one of a small clan of "travelers", all of whom could open portals to anywhere in time and space and ride their preferred vehicle through it. Off-Ramp's preferred vehicle was a station wagon.
- Monstergirl, a shapeshifter who eventually discovered that she was an alien being.
- Bonfire, a pyrokinetic. Hard Drive and Monstergirl tried to manipulate Bonfire into a romance with Thunderhead; however, she was more interested in Frostbite.
- Thunderhead was superhumanly strong and resistant to damage; in the wake of the Genesis event, he gained electrical powers.
- Frostbite had cold-related powers, blue skin and hair, and pointed ears. He was later revealed to be bisexual, and to have a lifespan of more than 80,000 years (he appeared, visibly older but still functional, in the 1,000,000 issue).
- Junior, the most intelligent of the team, was six inches tall; however, the laboratory accident responsible for his condition did not give him the ability to return to normal size.
- Zip-Kid was able to shrink from human size to six inches tall, and (unlike Junior) to grow back to normal; she was also able to fly, and to fire concussive blasts from her hands.
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