Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2
by Del Harvey
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On October 25, 2011, “Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2” released on DVD. In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over—to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis—will found out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. Based upon characters from DC Comics.
As someone who grew up with comic books, and who loved DC’s collection of super heroes, I love this series. And while any adaptation has its flaws, Warner Bros. invariably goes to great lengths to get the characters right. In fact, they realize that most of the young cast really are younger versions of their older and established icons, and they use that to great effect whenever necessary. And yet, these young justice leaguers have more than enough of their own personas, even though they struggle mightily to exert influence over their greatest inspirations.
ROBIN, AQUALAD, KID FLASH, SUPERBOY, MISS MARTIAN and ARTEMIS . Combined these six teenage heroes are YOUNG JUSTICE, the JUSTICE LEAGUE’s secret weapon against the forces of evil. Based out of THE CAVE, the teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the League proper (with its incandescent star-power) to handle covertly. In addition, these kids are in constant training to take their place alongside the great heroes. RED TORNADO will be their supervisor; BLACK CANARY will be in charge of their training, and BATMAN will hand out their assignments. And of course, Young Justice will push their missions, often turning a simple assignment from Batman into something much larger, often discovering that what they’ve been tasked to do is just the tip of the iceberg.
The episodes presented on this DVD have a combined run time of 90 minutes, which is like getting a feature length movie. The following is an short breakdown of the episodes.
“Schooled” focuses on the conflict between Superboy and Superman. Superman is clearly out of his depth as a parent, especially as the parent of a clone. For the first time we see a truly fatal flaw in “Mr. Perfect,” as he acts like a complete jerk at times, simply unable to see the need in his own “offspring’s” eyes. We are shown some of Superboy’s powers, and it is rather obvious even he is learning about himself, which is the really exciting thing about his character.
“Infiltrator” provides us with the first appearance of Artemis, Green Arrow’s young female protege, as she joins the team.
“Denial” includes the character of Doctor Fate and presents the conundrum of whether or not magic is real or can be explained by science.
“Downtime” focuses on Aqualad and whether he belongs on the surface or in his home world, Atlantis.
I really enjoyed every episode and felt a very real sense of the team slowly building and learning how they work.
I have to wonder, though… how is it that the Teen Titans aren’t aware of Young Justice? There’s a crossover I’d like to see…
“Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2” is available as of October 25, 2011. Own it on DVD now! For more information on this exciting release, click here.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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