Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis have become YOUNG JUSTICE – The Justice League’s secret weapon against the forces of evil. The teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the Justice League to handle covertly. Red Tornado will be their supervisor, Black Canary will be in charge of their training and Batman will hand out their assignments.
Young Justice is a fairy new cartoon, having aired just last January (2011). The characters Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis are all seemingly young counterparts of the famous Justice League. Taking place on Earth-16 where superheros are pretty new, the young superheros create a covert operation team.
Aqualad / Kaldur ‘Ahm (or “Kaldur” for short) is the sixteen-year-old leader of the team. His powers, channeled through the tattoos on his arms, are a mixture of Atlantean sorcery and science. He displays the superior strength, durability as well as the ability to breathe and speak underwater typical of Atlanteans. He also possesses the ability to discharge electricity through his hands. He is elected leader because of his calmness and his ability to efficiently and clearly give orders. He states that he does not want to remain leader and wishes to turn the position over to Robin when he is ready, saying that it is his destiny to lead this team. – Wikipedia
Robin / Dick Grayson is, though only thirteen, the most experienced superhero on the team. He does not possess any superpowers. However, he is well-rounded in his abilities, using his strategic intellect and technological expertise. He has a flippant personality, and can be heard laughing in combat or when sneaking up on villains in order to throw them off. He repeatedly plays with the English language, particularly with words which cease to function without prefixes, such as “disaster” (“aster”), and “underwhelmed” (“whelmed”). Batman has forbidden Robin from revealing his secret identity to the team, though Kid Flash is aware of it. Robin has acted as team leader when Aqualad is unable to. – Wikipedia
Kid Flash / Wally West is the team’s sixteen-year-old speedster. He has enhanced speed, although he is slightly clumsy, often falling down while running at high speeds due to a misstep. Kid Flash cannot vibrate his molecules through solid objects like the Flash and gets a bloody nose if he attempts to. He is a flirt, beginning with M’gann and extending to any woman he comes into contact with. Kid Flash and Robin know each other outside the team, even knowing each other’s secret identities. Wally likes to collect items he calls “souvenirs” from the team’s missions, such as T. O. Morrow’s robotic eye and Cheshire’s mask. – Wikipedia
Superboy / Conner Kent is a sixteen-week-old clone of Superman, made by Project Cadmus. Although he does not have all of Superman’s abilities, he has super strength, invulnerability, enhanced hearing, and vision, which also allows him to see in infrared. Superboy is typically sullen, ill-tempered and hates being told what to do. He becomes romantically involved with M’gann while under cover in Belle Reve. – Wikipedia
Miss Martian / M’gann M’orzz / Megan Morse is Martian Manhunter’s sixteen-year-old (by Martian standards) niece, as well as being an inexperienced superhero. As a Martian, she has telekinesis, telepathy, and flight. Additionally, she can shape-shift to a limited extent. She has stated that she cannot become intangible as her uncle can, implying that this is an advanced skill. In later episodes, Martian Manhunter discovers that her raw abilities are potentially greater than his own. She pilots her own bio-ship, which transports the team and can turn invisible. She is kind and optimistic, but has a naive streak born of having learned about life on Earth through television shows. In line with this, she makes regular use of the catchphrase “Hello, Megan!” when suddenly realizes something. She becomes romantically involved with Superboy while working undercover with him in Belle Reve. It is revealed in the episode “Image” that she is secretly a White Martian, and when the team asked about her true form she made herself bald instead of turning to her true form. – Wikipedia
Artemis / Artemis Crock is the team’s fifteen-year-old archer. Like Robin, she has no superpowers, but is very skilled with a bow and arrow. She is introduced as Green Arrow’s “niece” but it is later revealed that this is not the case. Red Arrow who knows the truth, believes that there must be a good reason behind Batman and Green Arrow’s decision to add her to the team, and therefore agrees not reveal his suspicions about her to the rest of the group but warns Artemis to not harm his friends. Cheshire, a villain, is Artemis’ sister, having left when Artemis was a young girl. In a therapy session Black Canary advises Artemis to reveal her secret to her teammates but she refuses to do it, telling her not to reveal it herself. – Wikipedia
It’s interesting to see the DC comic characters of my time mentoring the Young Justice, a newer set of Superheros for my children’s generation. In each of us there rests the desire to be some part of them, these amazing supernaturals, from the generations that came before and I am sure – the generations after my children. I love this new set of Superheros, the stories are very well written and I can understand what is so compelling about them. I really enjoyed taking the time to get to know this series and now I will need to go back and get the rest of the Volumes to watch the full Season 1!
Purchase: You can purchase Young Justice – Season 1 Volume 3 for $11.99 on Amazon.
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