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Picking up five years after where season 1 left off, season 2 of Young Justice starts off with some new heroes, as well as the old team stepping up to new roles. Right off the bat, though, I was left wondering why, if it’s five years later, would they still be focusing on the same issue of a missing 16 hours that happened years ago. This has yet to be addressed, and I’m not going to sugar-coat it.. it’s a little bit infuriating. That consistency blackhole aside, there are a lot of really fun and interesting developments in this latest edition.
The previous members: Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis, have all gone through some changes since we last saw them. To give you the skinny without the spoilers: Robin (Dick Grayson) has stepped up to become Nightwing, while Tim Drake has taken his place as Robin. Miss Martian and Superboy has split up, and Miss Martian has a new love interest. Aqualad, in the last season, watched his beloved die, and was driven to the dark side because of this. Lastly, Kid Flash and Artemis aren’t even present at Mount Justice. We also get to meet a new pack of superheroes: Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Beast Boy, Wondergirl, and Impulse.
These two teams learn the ropes of their new roles while investigating the Justice League’s missing 16 hours from the previous season, and while trying to track down and extinguish a secret alien invasion. During this saga, they also develop a tangled web of good versus evil while facing down Aqualad (Kaldur’ahm) while he’s establishing himself as Black Manta’s right-hand man. This brings up a lot of fluctuating feelings with the team, who are now forced to defend themselves and the Earth against someone who was previously a friend and teammate.
caution: video contains mild spoilers
While I was hoping to see more story line regarding Batgirl, the new Robin, and Nightwing, that’s just me playing favorites. So far, we haven’t seen very many background details regarding the new characters in this volume. To be fair, though, there are a lot of loose ends to tie up with this lineup change, and you can only do so much at a time. We do get to see what happened with Miss Martian and Superboy, what happened with Kid Flash and Artemis, as well as news on where the original Speedy disappeared to. The biggest plot development that we get to discover, though, is Kaldur’am’s new path in life.
The DVD was released on January 22nd. You can get your hands on it here. When you do, let us know what you think!
As you may recall from previous posts, we’ve been following along with the progression of the teen superheroes from Young Justice. For those not familiar, Young Justice tells the story of some of our favorite DC superheroes’ proteges. We were lucky enough to get be able to catch up with the recent release of Young Justice: Season One – Volume Three.
In this volume, Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, and Artemis face dangers with a lot less help from their superhero mentors. Defending the world from their headquarters at Mount Justice, the team is sent in to foil a nefarious plot guided by telepathic villain, Psimon, to have their memories stolen, and have to fight their way back to reality. We also get a visit from Red Arrow as he tries to face down the assassin Cheshire on his own. This volume closes out with a suspenseful battle against Red Tornadoes mysterious “relatives,” Red Inferno and Red Torpedo. While all of these storylines were very exciting and well-told, my personal favorite on this volume will have to be the third episode, Terrors.
What’s particularly fun about this episode is the familiar faces we get to see. The plot starts out with Miss Martian and Superboy going undercover to enter into a maximum security prison, run by Warden Amanda Waller. They’re greeted by Dr. Hugo Strange as the prison psychology, and are there to keep an eye on Mr. Freeze and Sporstmaster as they occupy cells right next to them in the prison. We also get to see a timid, outcast version of Edward Nigma (the Riddler) get teased by the other inmates. Superboy and Miss Martian are forced to keep their cover while trying to unravel any plans these old time villains have in store. Care to see an example of these fantastic cameos? Take a look at the clip below:
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. After being burned by the whole ‘young icons’ genre that went on in the 90s, I was very reluctant to give Young Justice a chance. I’ll be the first to say that WB has really been knocking it out the park with this series. If you’re timid to check out this series, I urge you to step and give it a chance. You will not be disappointed.
Our favorite superheros have been around the block a couple of times, and have this whole crime-fighting thing down to a science. But what about the next generation of heroes? If you haven’t seen it yet, the still-new Cartoon Network series, Young Justice, follows some of your favorite DC characters’ successors as they develop into full-fledged superheroes. And you know what? They actually do a really great job with this.
Now, personally, I’ve never really been a huge fan of next-generation storylines (you know.. except for Star Trek, of course). However, from the very first episode of Young Justice, I was impressed. It’s simply not your typical teenage angst when you have Batman breathing down your neck to get things right. So I was very excited when we got the chance to take a first-hand look at this series. With an animation style reminiscent of Return of the Joker, you’re led through the evolution of Robin (Dick Grayson era), Aqualad, Superboy, Kid Flash, Artemis, M’gann, and Red Arrow, all while watching classic heroes such as Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary teach them how to take down giant robots and mad scientists that have the evil laugh perfected.
We took a look at Season One, Volume Two (courtesy of WB), and learned just how much crime-fighty goodness you can fit into four episodes. Beyond battling Amazo, these kids got to meet Klarion the Witch Boy face to face, try to stop Black Manta’s attack on Atlantis, and stare down the assassin Chesire. We also find out exactly how Aqualad got his start, how Superboy is dealing with being a clone (oh, yes.. that did carry over from the comics), and what ever happened to Speedy. This segment left me wondering dying to know more about Artemis’ backstory, myself.
If you’re getting curious by now, don’t worry.. this volume was released October 25th, and you can now Own it on DVD.
But because we love you.. we’re going to give away two copies of this DVD to you guys, courtesy of WB. Yep, free. Want it? Okay.
Just to be sure you’re into it, though, we’re first going to show you the Origin of Aqualad. Take a look at the video, and to receive your own copy of the DVD, just post Aqualad’s real name below. Two winners will be chosen at random. Check it:
Post your comment below, winners will be chosen on Friday, Nov. 11th.