Friday, November 26, 2010


Don't call them sidekicks...because they'll probably kick your ass if you do

From left to right: Artemis, Robin, Kid Flash,
Superboy, Miss Martin, and Aqualad
Well I just finished watching the pilot of the new TV series based on DC Comics ongoing series, Young Justice.  Now I'm not an avid comic book reader or collector but I do dabble in reading large volumed graphic novels here and there, and this pilot sparked my interest in looking into this series.  But before I go comic hunting, lets talk about the show.

The show starts out with the heroes Batman, Flash, Aquaman, and Green Arrow each battling with an ice based villain, and with them is their sidekick/partner, Robin (Tim Drake version), Kid Flash (Wally West version), a new version of Aqualad, and Speedy.  They defeat their villain and then all of them meet at the Hall of Justice, which is located in D.C..  The four young heroes are here to be considered membership to the League, but, still being young, the get treated as "sidekicks" of the heroes and not really partners.  Speedy finding this to be unfair, storms off and isn't seen for the rest of the episode.  When an alert of a fire breaking out at Cadmus, (an organization, funded by the government, that frequently causes problems with the JLA), Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad, decide to ignore their orders to staying put at the Hall and go out to help.  When they arrive they save the everyone and begin their investigation of how the fire started.  However, the building appears to have more secrets than just the fire by discovering a secret elevator which leads them miles underground where Cadmus is conducting experiments involving creatures called Genomes.  These things come in a variety of types and sizes, the one that we see the most of is the smallest of the bunch that looks a deformed helper-monkey and has sort of telepathic ability to communicate with the other Genomes.  But the one Genome that stands out the most is the clone of the Man of Steel.  To sum up everything, the trio breaks Superboy out of his containment, they escape and JLA comes in to clean up the mess and create the organization to help with lesser crimes, while the main heroes deal with global incidents.  The show ends with the team of Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and in the last few minutes we're introduced to Miss Martian, who is the niece of the Martian Manhunter........yeah he has a sidekick, go figure.  Just a side note Miss M. may have a thing for Superboy, (studio audience: ooooooOOOOOOhhhh!!). And with that, we get the newest superhero team, the Young Justice.

The whole pilot was very interesting and actioned pack, has some great animation and voice work from some familiar names, like Jesse McCartney (who played Roxas/Ventus in the Kingdom Heart series), plays Robin, Jason Spisak (who has voiced numerous roles in various animes, tv shows, and video games), plays Kid Flash and Khary Payton (who you may recognize as Cyborg from Teen Titans) plays Aqualad.  We also get treated by a slew of voice work from actors such as Crispin Freeman, Phil LaMarr, and Bruce Greenwood (who returns to play Batman, who previously played him in the movie Batman: Under the Red Hood).

The team itself looks pretty cool so far and I hope they add on more heroes in later episodes.  Though, I do have some issues with the show.  I would have liked the team better if it wasn't part of the JLA, like the heroes have become fed up being treated as "sidekicks" and not partners with their teammate.  If Young Justice was a group coming together as a statement that the younger heroes are ready to step up and take action against real crime and not just getting the scraps.  Another thing I don't like is the hero chosen to lead Young Justice, Aqualad.  I don't like this because, well I just don't like Aquaman or anything related to him in general.  I think the reason I don't like him is because he's a single element based hero, and I just find that kind of lazy for a superhero's powers.  Others may like that, I just don't.  In my opinion, the obvious leader choice should have been Robin, you can tell he has that quality when we see the climatic battle at the end with Blockbuster, he was the one that led the team to victory, so why not just make him the leader.  Those are the only things I had an issue with, but maybe with time it will resolve.

This show has potential to be really awesome, by drawing in elements from the old Teen Titan series (which I really miss and wish it would comeback because it ended so abruptly) and from the Young Justice comic series.  Taking stuff from both medias can make this show pretty original from the original source material, and by keeping the integrity of the comic.  I can't wait to see what happens next, when it starts up early next year.

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