Getting Animated: Previewing Tonight's YOUNG JUSTICE
Getting Animated: YOUNG JUSTICE S1E3
Young Justice S1E3: “Welcome to Happy Harbor”
Also angry is Superboy. The kid from the pod comes equipped with a number of issues and an antipathy to telepathy. That causes some friction with newbie Miss Martian, portrayed here as eager, earnest, and not entirely wise in the ways of dealing with other kids. That makes her rather sweet and appealing, a nice counterbalance to the very grouchy Superclone. Kid Flash is played more for comic relief in this episode, giving a nice callback to Wally’s days as Justice League Europe’s resident horndog. He’s clearly interested in Miss Martian, and he and Robin get some genuinely funny digs in on one another throughout the episode.
Tonight’s big villain is . . . wait for it . . . Mr. Twister! Many of you may say, “Who?” But others may recall the cowboy-themed tornadic villain that precipitated (ha!) the first team up of Robin, Aqualad (Garth) and Kid Flash waaaaay back in The Brave and the Bold #54 from 1964. This Mr. Twister has been given a power-armored redesign and gives the team quite a run for its money. I like the fact that the kids had to struggle to overcome this threat; it lends an air of believability to their relative inexperience and occasional complete lack of teamwork.
I’m really liking the way that Young Justice is coming together. It’s putting together slow-build plots involving villains (The Light, that other guy that shows up), heroes (we’ve seen Zatara, so we can guess who’s coming in later), new recruits (Artemis is in the credits, but hasn’t appeared yet), and, best of all, team interaction. The animation and voice casting remain uniformly great.
Young Justice may not be the take on the DCU that we were expecting, but I predict that it’s going to be a take that we continue to enjoy.