Hey Gang, Valkor here. And I'm just gonna jump right into it - if you're not watching Young Justice on Cartoon Network, you're really missing out on something special because this show is simply blowing me away! BLOWING ME AWAY! The consistent storytelling, how the series sticks to continuity – I'm sure there may be holes, but I'm too sucked in to even notice, and exciting use of the cast is just phenomenal! Again, if you're not watching this show, play catch up with the first season. It's amazing. And now the folks at Warner Home are about to set it off again with Young Justice: Invasion Destiny Calling Season Two Volume One DVD.
Season two of Young Justice kicks things off five years after the events of the first. A lot has changed since then such as Dick Grayson, the Original Robin, has switched over to Nightwing; taking over the role of Robin is Tim Drake. Connor (Superboy) and Miss Martian complete the core while Wally (Kid Flash) and Artemis have settled in together. New to the group are BatGirl/Barbera Gordon, Wonder Girl, Zatanna (core member) is still around as well as Rocket (core member). Bumblebee, Blue Beetle, La'gaan (Lagoon Boy), Beast Boy, and later Impulse, who travels from the future, completes the team. Of course JLA members make their appearances as well such as Batman, Captain Atom, Superman, and Black Canary. However their role has changed as they're no longer training the Young Justice team. New conspiracies emerge but there's one constant that resonates at the start of the series: At the end of Season one, during Vandal Savage's takeover of the Justice League, six of its members vanished for 16 hours and no one knows where they went. The answers reveal themselves progressively throughout the first few episodes with a rather chilling conclusion. But what's this invasion all about? Well that's getting into some major spoilers and I'll do my best to steer clear in some of the few highlights in this first volume set.
Happy New Year (Valkor Favorite): Why is this one a favorite? Because this one starts out with an appearance by Lobo – now that's how you begin a new season! On top of that Nightwing is looking into what happened with the 6 missing JL members, and it's revealed that there are aliens amongst us.
Bloodlines: Impulse arrives making claims that he's from the future and that he's a descendent of Barry Allen – the original Flash. He and the team battle it out with a villain called Neutron. Meanwhile Roy Harper aka the clone of the real Roy Harper heads to Tibet with Cheshire to find the real Roy Harper.
Satisfaction – The real Roy Harper is recuperating from his ordeals, but he's not happen happy with how events played out that ultimately lead to his capture or the loss of his arm, placing total blame on Green arrow. He escapes his hospital bed and seeks revenge against his captor Lex Luthor. And after a skirmish the two come to an agreement.
Earthlings – Miss Martian, Superboy, and Beast Boy join Dr. Adam Strange as they had to the planet Rann to try and stave off the Krolotean invasion. In this episode we learn how Beast Boy gained his abilities and also what happened to his mother. And Miss Martian learns what happened when the 6 JLA members went missing for 16 hours.
Young Justice Season Two Volume One explodes onto the scene on two DVDs – ten episodes in total. Extras include three additional episodes from Batman: Brave and the Bold that ties in with the Blue Beetle and The Reach. Who is The Reach? And why is the Blue Beetle suddenly so important? Both play pretty big roles in season two of the YJ series but to find out just how important you'll have to pick up this set. But you don't have to take my word for it… or do you?
How is it that a DC animated series, not produced by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm… rock so hard? Young Justice Season two Volume one continues the flow of awesome from season one and takes things up a notch by introducing new characters, new villains, and continuous story arc all combined to form one of the best animated series on television to date. Seriously, once you start you'd be hard pressed to stop with just one, two or even three episodes. Normally when I review a series I do it in breaks. However season two of Young Justice… had me up till the crack of dawn. The series is darker than most Saturday morning fare, which can be attributed to the level of action and the maturity of the storylines, which is to the extreme! The presence of the JLA members thus far has been kept to a minimum, keeping the focus on the YJ team and their constantly growing roster. And I think it's about time they took centered stage – keeping the JLA within reach of course. finally on the plus side, the series takes places 5 years after season one. That jump in time creates many questions. Thankfully as you progress through each episode, questions get answered; I wondered where Beast Boy came from and that question was met with an answer that harkened back to season one. Overall I was very pleased with the second round of Young Justice and I can't wait to see how this season will come to a close.
This series needed more Lobo.
Young Justice Invasion Destiny Calling DVD is available now and by far it's truly one of the best of the best of the best there is. If you're DC fan or a fan of comic book superhero fare in general, then you'll most def want to add this series into the mix. And out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving Young Justice Season Two Volume One 5 stars.