Hi, all! I didn't know this thread existed, but now that I do, I hope to be a part of it! I had posted the bulk of this in a thread today in the News Stand forum, so I'll go back and read what you guys have been talking about, delete what is redundant, and leave the rest. Sound fair?
I've been very impressed with Young Justice -- of the almost 30 total episodes, only one or two have not really held my interest. Overall, I feel it's been extremely well done, well within the range of general excellence of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited...anybody else have any thoughts?
As for Season Two...wow. I have been loving the 5-Year Gap (Legion fans, it's what might have been back in the day. What DC Animated/Young Justice has done this season...It's an example of how you reset a franchise without tearing it to pieces, leaving it open to new readers/viewers while not alienating existing fans.)
Soooooo...if you know anything about me, you know I like lists. Lists are tremendous. It's how you keep order in a chaotic world. But here are some plot developments that have really caught my interest in Season Two (and for those who have interest, please feel free to mention what you have noticed that I might not have!):
1. Three episodes in, and still not a glimpse or mention of Kid Flash, Artemis and Red Arrow/Speedy...
2. ...which clearly ain't a good thing, considering that we hadn't seen Aqualad either. Maybe that's because five years later, he's Black Manta Jr.!
Apparently because Tula/Aquagirl is dead in all realities and mediums, print or television!
3. Superboy isn't aging, or is aging so slowly that it bothered him enough to break up with Miss Martian...who is now dating Lagoon Boy, yet another example of A Character Who Can Be Cool if You Just Show Him in Action on Television.
4. Zatanna and Rocket have joined the Justice League, while Dick Grayson has assumed the role of Nightwing and Tim Drake the role of Robin...but Nightwing, Superboy and Miss Martian opted not to join the League, with Nightwing having taken over the role of "Young Justice Coordinator" from Batman.
Well played, DC Animated. Well played, indeed.
5. Captain Atom is clearly the leader of the Justice League. Good job, DC Animated. Damn good job.
6. Aquaman clearly hasn't learned that Little White Lies are still lies, considering that another reason Aqualad=Black Manta Jr. is that Aquaman neglected to tell Kaldur just who his daddy is!
Funny how something like that just doesn't come up in casual conversation!
7. You have to wonder if the mission that got Aquagirl killed is what led to the disgrace of Ocean Master and his exit from The Light, which is how Black Manta winds up being offered membership and would also be the reason that Aqualad=Black Manta Jr.
8. Can you tell yet that I'm absolutely shocked that Aqualad=Black Manta Jr.?!?!
He wasn't playing, and that wasn't mind control -- he was looking to drop the hammer on some superheroes!
9. It was a little anticlimatic what the missing Leaguers did for those 16 hours...but at the same time, you have to believe that there's a little more to it than "Rampage on Rimbor." How did The Light even know it existed, for instance? Did they really just send them there to scare beings from another part of the universe?
10. Finally: ADAM STRANGE. FTW. Yet another example of A Character Who Can Be Cool if You Just Show Him in Action on Television.
So, what'd I miss? Hey, did you hear that Aqualad=Black Manta Jr., five years later?!?!