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It's Young Justice time! \o/ \o/ \o/

  • The animation continues to be beautifully smooth and clean and all-around top-knotch. I love pretty much all the design elements for this show – thank god for high production values! Too often these days I find character designs in American cartoons to just be...completely unappealing, but I love these so hard. \o/ Everyone looks awesome. None of the guys are as wide at the shoulders as they are tall or have chins that take up nearly their whole face, which is an unfortunate tendency in superhero animation. (I'm looking at you Justice League and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 8||) The women are more or less realistically proportioned, and everyone's costumes are great. AAHHHH I LOVE IT.
  • “You couldn't bring back-up? What, were there budget cuts?” 

    |D I actually kind of love this doctor side-character, she continues to be really damn spunky and snarky the whole time. Also, LOL the boat is a rental. Budget cuts indeed! XD Anyway, I was expecting Roy's new name to be 'Arsenal' to go with his badass new costume (which I love ♥_♥) but Red Arrow is just fine. |D Is he actually going by that now in the comics? I have no idea. In any case, I'm glad he's out of the red-and-yellow Robin Hood get-up. Much more adult, much less side-kick-y, which I'm sure is what he was going for. Awesome opening, in any case. Work those arrows, man.
  • I like that we're seeing a wider range of the team's lives, not just focused on their group and crimefighting in isolation, but also the League and their mentors, and especially how much we're getting of the kids out of costume. The beach scene at the beginning was unbearably adorable, I want a whole frikkin' episode of that, please and thank you!! (or failing that, FIC *__*) Hahaha, poor Wally. High school sucks, especially when all the other teen superheroes are having a super fun beach day in your absence. Love that they touched on the absolute boredom and inanity of high school for a teenage superhero, especially a speedster!
  • Can I just draw hearts all over this sequence? ♥♥♥ (bad quality pic, sorry, but I haven't been able to download the ep in higher quality yet :|a)

    beach time

  • I also like that they're not ignoring the cape-sides of their lives outside of Young Justice, like tonight with Robin back on his home turf in Gotham, panicking about Waynetech being traced back to Batman and having to hide it because his secret identity is still under wraps, and his special Robin override OMG so awesome, and also that Roy is still there on the fringes, replaced, pissed at their mentors, but still vigilantly looking out for his friends, even if he refuses to join the team. Roy ♥♥♥
  • On that note, I cannot wait to get more development and interaction on the civilian identity front, especially for Robin and Superboy, because, um...Well, they're the ones it's most pivotal for, right now. |D (And maybe Artemis but I'll get to her.)
  • I find it hilarious that comics!Superboy was such a dorky, full of himself hotshot who played it up with the ladies practically from the moment he was 'born' (let's be realistic: HE WAS A HORNDOG), while YJ!Superboy, though also explicitly a girl-magnet hottie, has thus far proven either oblivious or uninterested or both. Yeah, he was only 'born' a month or so ago, but Kon was in the same boat at first – I guess we know one key difference in knowledge they were exposed to in the test tube. XD PLEASE STAY OBLIVIOUS TO BEING PERVED ON BY YOUR GIRL TEAMMATES FOR A WHILE, SUPERBOY, IT IS SO CUTE.
  • ...It seems that, regardless of medium, I find Superboy the most adorable thing in the world? XD I'll have to do a retroactive review of last week's episode sometime, because oh god I was flailing all over myself with love and squee and thinky thoughts for it. Kooooooon~ ~ He is just. So ridiculous and awesome. ...Although I will say that I greatly approve of this week's lack of his RAAAAWR!voice. The SUPERBOY SMASH thing has its moments for character development and amusement, but I just can not warm up to the gross thing he does with his voice sometimes where he sounds all Dark Knight!Batman distorted and lame.
  • How much do I love it that, so far, when the team divides up, Robin and Superboy usually end up partnered? 8D A LOT. I mean, obviously it's Dick!Robin and not Tim!Robin, and I don't ship them in this incarnation, but it still makes me happy because Superboys and Robins! They work well together!! Brains and brawn >.>
  • I wasn't all that impressed by Artemis' introduction, initially – but that's probably because I think the writers tend do a somewhat clumsy job throwing Major Character Traits in the audience's face to establish the newbie's role right away, and then they smooth out the bumps and make them and their relationships more complex as the series goes on. Which I obviously approve of, but I still felt that the in-your-face,-deal-with-it thing with Artemis was overplayed at the start. I mean, I get why they have to do that, half-hour episodes and everything, but still. :|a

    ...In any case, I guess it's okay because she definitely got more interesting as the ep went on, her interactions with Wally and Megan were pretty engaging (KF's repeating theme of “I haven't heard of you,” “No seriously, who are you?? XDD), and the plot point and mystery that she's introduced are also intriguing. ALSO I HOPE THIS MEANS WE GET TO SEE MORE ROY 8D 8D 8D.

    So, Artemis obviously isn't Oliver Queen's niece, I could tell that much before Roy confronted her; from her name and her comment about 'where I'm from, you do this to survive' or something, I can't quite remember, I'm...getting a kind of Amazonian vibe? 8|a Which could explain why Green Arrow and Batman would vouch for her, but not why they'd lie, and it brings up the question of why it wouldn't be Diana sponsoring her, so I don't know.
  • I'm already tired of 'Hellooo, Megan!' as a catchphrase. 8| ...This is not to say that I don't find Miss Martian adorable. ...She and Wally are also adorable, and I'm sad that we didn't get to see the actual 'mouth to mouth' XDD
  • I am not tired of Megan-telepathically-linking-the-team-for-off-the-grid-communications!shenanigans. Those continue to be hilarious. This show just balances the whole comedy/drama/badass action thing really well, I'm so pleased with it all.
  • ...I just went on Wikipedia and came across some spoilers for the line-up later on the series which made me SO HAPPY, so WARNING! SPOILERS BELOW!

    AAAAAAHHHH GARTH, ARROWETTE, AND WONDER GIRL!!!1!1 I know Arrowette probably won't be able to stay with the main team because they'll already have Artemis, and same with Garth (OMG so interested to see him play off Kaldur/Aqualad, apparently they're best friends? That should be a great opportunity to explore Kaldur in more depth, I've been wondering how/when they're going to do that), but – Wonder Girl!! Apparently it was legal issues that kept them from using her initially, but that's cleared up now, and I hope that she gets incorporated as a regular team member! ...Although no Superboy/Wonder Girl, please. 8( I love Cassie just fine, Thank you.
  • Another potential spoiler, less happy: … “Changes in the cast are to be expected due to character deaths, including those of major characters.” …..D8 WHAT?! WHAT?! NOOOOO. I mean. NOOOOO. I know that they're going for a more mature tone with this series, and I totally approve, but – but - !! YOU BETTER NOT KILL ANY OF MY FAVORITES, I WILL CUT YOU.
  • More spoilers: “...a sixteen-week-old clone of Superman who will eventually assume the alias of Conner Kent.” Darnit. 8| I guess that makes sense for this canon, especially if they skip over the 'Kon-El' naming part, but I like 'Kon-El', and will always think of that as the character's real name. I think this comes from how, in the comics, being like Superman was so important to him, and having a Kryptonian name bestowed on him, being included in the legacy and last family of that race, was so, so meaningful and he was so proud of it.

    Whereas the 'Conner Kent' identity? He never wanted it. He never wanted a civilian identity, Clark kinda foisted it on him and he went “>___> okay fine” because it was Superman, he was bored and frustrated in Smallville, hated the glasses and pretending to be normal when everything he'd been made for, everything he wanted was 'saving people and being a hero'. Now obviously he's grown past that and there are absolutely fundamentally valuable lessons that he's taken to heart about family and humanity and relating to ordinary people from being 'Conner' (although arguably most of that growth came from sacrificing his life to save the world, and the perspective that gives a person 8|a), and I do love that he has a home with the Kents in Smallville now. But I still think of him first and foremost and always as 'Kon'. He didn't start out raised as ordinary and then come into his heritage later (Clark → Kal-El/Superman), he started out as Super, went soley by SB/'The Kid' for like two years after being 'born', and then was 'Kon' to his friends and everyone for ages, and from what I can tell the decision to forcibly switch to 'Conner' and the boycotting of his past names was pretty much solely a legal issue over the 'Superboy' name, to begin with.

    ...TL;DR, I can deal with this, obviously it's a completely different canon and Superboy doesn't really have the same background and personality to keep the significance of the different names...but it still makes me sadface XD.

In other DC news, more most-adorable-things-ever, edition: Tim Drake + hugging.

From Red Robin #9, yaaaay BFFs reunited~ ...Well okay they'd been reunited before this, but as Tim said, he was in a bad place at the time - there was a pretty moving angst-reunion scene at the time, which, although beautiful and heart-achey, unfortunately did not involve bro-hugs... Anyway. Tim is so pretty. *__*


From Red Robin #20, yaaaay team reunion~ (Red) Robin + Superboy + Wonder Girl + Kid Flash 4 eva~

YJ glomp

Man I love the art in this title.

...And just because it's hilarious 8Db:

JLA dance

Date: 2011-02-12 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, you never should have friended me, because I am just going to drive you insane. My squee is so epic, it has to be split into two comments. I apologise in advance.

I'm going to restrain myself from just typing "SQUEEEEEE" and actually try to, you know, have thoughts. And junk.

Artemis' intro was rather forced, I totally agree. She definitely got more interesting as the episode went on, but that initial "I'm tough and don't take no shit" bit with Roy was awkward. But, like you say, shows like this often have to spread it on a bit thick at the start. And when it's a girl being established as being tough, it's often more poorly handled than when it's a guy. I don't why the writers seem to do that, but so often when establishing a 'tough and jaded' character like that a guy just gets to be gruff and aloof and monosyllabic but a girl has to get all these petty little shots in that make her look, well, bitchy. Not cool, writers.

I really, really liked that even though they had M'gann being a bit cold at first (because Artemis was making eyes at Kon) she was actually really nice to her at the end and readily accepted her into the team. Okay, saying they're sisters was a bit much, but it's M'gann, she's an alien, I can excuse a lot for her. It just reminded me how Cassie had eyes for Kon at the start of YJ and didn't like Cissie for attracting Kon's attention, but they got over it - basically, I want Artemis and M'gann to become superawesome girlfriends like Ciss and Cass.

Oooh, Artemis the amazon theory, interesting, especially since the only Artemis I really know from the comics is an Amazon. I was thinking she was involved with the League Of Shadows (and can I just mention I love that 6 episodes in we've already met the Shadows, hardcore) but why would Bats and Ollie vouch for her if she was? But then, for an Amazon she got knocked down easily, so I don't know. Hmmmm...

OH SHIT I only glanced at the top line of spoilers (saving myself for the rest) but WHOOOOOOOOOOOO! Is it definitely going to be Cassie!WonderGirl and not Donna!WonderGirl?

I'm all over the place. YOU MAKE ME TEAL DEER! I'm so there with you in loving adorably clueless!Kon. Not that I don't love me some born-a-hornball x-ray-specs-abusing total-freaking-slut!Kon, but this is actually a nice change of pace, and it's one of the biggest things that helps keep toon!Kon and comic!Kon separate in my mind.

The beach scene was SO DAMN CUTE!!! BBQing and burying Kon! Even if that shot of M'gann being completely frozen so the camera can lovingly pan over her bikini-clad body and yet her hair and the surf behind her keeps moving was a bit much. But, yeah, the "hello Megan!" catchphrase is already grating. I can totally accept it if it's not every episode and makes sense in context, but "hello, Megan, we should go to the beach every day" DOESN'T MAKE SENSE! That's not a "oh, duh, I just did something daft/didn't realise something obvious" moment! Well, maybe the latter, at a stretch. But if they couldn't fit her catchphrase in, they should just LEAVE IT OUT! One episode wouldn't kill them!

Date: 2011-02-12 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Robin panicking over daddy!Bat's tech being hacked and them being able to maybe access the Batcave was so cute, I can't even!! And was it just me, or was his override code RGsomething. RG = Richard Grayson? Which would just make it all the cuter, that he doesn't necessarily have access just for Robin crimefighting purposes, but because he's Bruce's ward and trusted and all that. I don't know, it just made me squeal.

Kon and Dick should pair up, like, always. Just so Dick can continue to get exasperated (asperated) over the way Kon never listens to him.
Dick: "I have an amazing plan, it involves monkeys and duct tape and HACKING and ninjas."
Kon: "Okay, but I'm just going to ignore it and run headfirst into danger and smash things."
Dick: *siiiiiiiiiiigh*
When Kon went after helmet-dude the second time, and was blocking and walking straight into the blast, the crackle-sizzle sound effects were INTENSE. I don't why I noticed that so much, but damn. I could feel it hurting him.

That Shadow ninja chick kicking Wally into the pool really freaked me out. Because in most shows like this, she would have knocked him out and walked away, but she so casually kicked him in and left him to drown. The danger level in this show isn't messing around, is it?

I can't remember what else I wanted to say. Ummmm. Little moments. Artemis calling Wally 'Baywatch', teehee. Kaldur is so fucking badass it's frightening. The scariness that they didn't protect the doctor in the end (which is weird that they were patting themselves on the back for it) because the Shadow spared her life - if she hadn't, the doctor would be dead and none of them would have be able to stop that. Wally eating on a mission again. Roy's new outfit is amazing. (I kind of wish Roy had gone with Arsenal, because waaaaaaaay to distance yourself from Ollie by basically copying his name, Roy.) The opening was amazing. Rental boat! Kon got his S-shield all torn up again. Like, it was basically the only part of his outfit that actually took any damage. Out-filtrators. Souvenir!

OH MY GOD, SCAAAAAAAAAAN!!! I haven't read any Red Robin stuff, I'm going to try to read Tim's stuff in some kind of order, but you're seriously tempting me to skip ahead! Also, Krypto is love. Hugs and prettiness, oh my! ♥

Date: 2011-03-09 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
>__> I don't even know how this comment got to be a month late, I kept thinking it was the next thing on my to-do list. /COMMITS SEPPUKU, ignore me...and okay, WHAT, so bizarre, I just looked at your journal and none of these entries have been showing up on my flist! D: What the hell, LJ! >8|

I think the awkwardness with introducing a tough girl is half the fact that it's guys usually writing it and they just don't quite know how it's done, hence the bitchy emphasis, thanks writers - and the fact that we as an audience aren't used to being introduced to tough girls because of their sad scarcity in media, so in general it comes across as weird. 8|a That said, I definitely liked the progression with her, and M'gann - I was afraid they were going to drag out the whole catfight thing that people seem convinced girls are incapable of avoiding, but that's really not M'gann's style, and I was happy with the way that went. :D It would be awesome if they got to be buddies, they're so different it should be interesting to see how they interact!

Okay, a friend kind of nixed my Amazonian!Artemis theory a while back with this, which is super interesting because Crusher Crock (Artemis Crock's dad), is the Sportsmaster, the guy who turned up working for Cadmus in the Drop Zone episode. 8^0a

...Oh man, I have no idea if it's going to be Cassie!Wondergirl, but now that I think about it, what with the emphasis on using the first-generation names for the sidekicks, I'd bet on it being Donna. D: Which, okay, cool and everything, but fffff, I don't really know Donna and Cassie is my Wonder Girl, bawwww.

I think they've actually had Megan's catchphrase in every single ep so far. B|| If it doesn't fit, CUT IT OUT. But anyway, I want more stuff like the fantastic beach scene, FOREVER.

I think it was RG!! Oh man, I know it's normally Tim of the Robins who's all up in Wayne Industries, but I loooove that Dick has equal access everywhere! *__* Oh god I want to see Dick and Bruce, 'Brucie's mask on full throttle and Dick having to put up with all the society women pinching his cheeks, ffffff.

\o/ KON AND DICK PAIR UPS FOREVER. 8D That is exactly why they're so fun to play off each other - with Dick and Wally they're both brats and with SB and Kaldur they're both (mostly) stoic, but mixing and matching you get all kinds of fun clashes. |D

Oh man, I hadn't really thought about that, but you're so right. 8|a Leaving one of the heroes to drown is pretty dark for a superhero show - I mean in the comics, whatever, they kill people left and right, but usually not in the cartoons, especially with the young heroes.

Red Robin is like, the only thing that I'm reading really regularly right now - mostly because it's easy to follow and the art is so preeeetty. @_@ And they do a really good job with Tim! I DIDN'T EVEN INCLUDE THE FULL PAGE DEDICATED TO THE TIM+BRUCE HUG OF REUNION! 8DD You've got a lot to look forward to~ \o/

Date: 2011-02-12 08:16 pm (UTC)
prpl_pen: (*glomp!*)
From: [personal profile] prpl_pen

So. Initially when I found out this Young Justice cartoon was like an AU re-imagining with NO BART ALLEN >[ I was like, "ehhh, pass." But I'm hearing good word of mouth, so...PERHAPS I'LL HAVE TO GIVE IT A SHOT.

Sob, it feels like I haven't talked to you in forever. YOU SHOULD LOG ON AIM SOMETIME AND COME INTO CHAT!

Date: 2011-03-09 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Fff, yeah, I was originally really skeptical because the Young Justice comic was like, my baby, they were the first real comics team that I followed diligently and I adore them and I was like >:[ these are not the proper characters. But I pretty much love how they've been handling everything in the series. :Da


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