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Young Justice – Endgame

by Alan Rapp on March 18, 2013

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  • Title: Young Justice: Invasion – Endgame
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Young Justice - Endgame

The season-long “Invasion” story arc comes to a close as Miss Martian (Danica McKellar) and Superboy (Nolan North) arrive too late to prevent Batman (Bruce Greenwood), Wonder Woman, Superman (North), Hawkwoman, Jon Stewart, and the Martian Manhunter being found guilty on Rimbor for the crimes The Light an The Reach framed them for. Back on Earth, Blue Beetle (Eric Lopez), Aqualad (Khary Payton), and Green Beetle (Phil Lamarr) fight off Black Beetle (Kevin Grevioux) and the remaining Reach troops who would rather see Earth destroyed than abandoned.

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Young Justice – Summit

by Alan Rapp on March 10, 2013

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  • Title: Young Justice: Invasion – Summit
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Young Justice - Summit

Everything comes to a head here as the Young Justice team wins a huge, if incomplete, victory over both The Light and The Reach by using the summit between the two groups to capture The Reach Ambassador (Phil Lamarr),  Black Manta (Khary Payton), and others as well as publicly expose The Reach’s plans of conquest for Earth and get proof of The Light’s plan to frame the Justice League for crimes during the 16 hours the heroes were under the control of Starro-tech.

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Young Justice – Intervention

by Alan Rapp on March 4, 2013

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  • Title: Young Justice: Invasion – Intervention
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“Someday you have to tell me how you figure out all those backwards words so fast.”

Young Justice - Intervention

Realizing Blue Beetle (Eric Lopez) and his Scarab are now under the complete control of the Reach Impulse (Jason Marsden), Zatanna (Lacey Chabert), Bumblebee (Masasa Moyo), Wonder Girl (Mae Whitman), and Batgirl (Alyson Stoner) set out to capture and free their friend using a magical ritual and the temple discovered earlier this season by Batgirl (where Dan Garrett first found the Scarab) before it’s too late.

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Young Justice #25

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2013

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Young Justice #25Young Justice comes to an end with the final issue that wraps up the lingering stories of two different alien attacks on Earth at the same time, a political assassination involving Deadshot, Metropolis being cut-off from the rest of the world, and a closer look at Dick Grayson‘s relationship with Barbara Gordon.

As final issues go there’s a legitimate threat (or two) that concern the fate of the Earth and some nice personal moments thrown in for good measure to. The asssination attempts, which take place five years apart, continue to be the weak link (and the first attempt, which is finally abandoned here, is pretty much a complete waste of time).

Of the two alien stories, Braniac‘s works far better although both seem to reach rushed conclusions far earlier than either had planned. There are also plenty of threads left dangling with no hope of resolution. However, the scenes between Dick and Babs are pretty damn good, and the various stories continue to allow multiple characters to each find their moment in the sun. Is it a great finale? Not really, but fans should enjoy it.

[DC, $2.99]

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Young Justice – Fix

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2013

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  • Title: Young Justice: Invasion – Fix
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Young Justice - Fix

Stuck aboard Black Manta‘s’ (Khary Payton) ship under the guise of Tigress, Artemis‘ (Stephanie Lemelin) world gets far more complicated when Manta informs her that Psimon (Alan Tudyk) is about to start rebuilding Aqualad‘s mind. On one hand that means she will get her friend back, but that also means Psimon will discover her true identity and that both she and Aqualad have been working against Manta and The Light the entire time. Manta also informs her that he is going after Miss Martian (Danica McKellar) personally for leaving his son in his current vegetative state, meaning she will also have to find a way to warn her friend as well.

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Young Justice #24

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2013

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Young Justice #24Things aren’t going well for the Young Justice team in either the past or the present. In the flashbacks the team attempts to stop Deadshot‘s assassination attempt. And in the present things aren’t looking much better as the scattered members of the team deal with an alien invasion and it’s effect on the populace of Metropolis.

Superman,SuperboyCaptain AtomCaptain Marvel, and Wonder Woman continue to try and fight off Braniac‘s crystallized minion in space as the Atom, the Martian Manhunter, and the Flash‘s attempt to sneak aboard the ship slowly shrinking Metropolis fails in spectacular fashion, nearly costing the three heroes their lives.

Although Nightwing and his team of ZatannaBlue Bettle, and Wonder Girl are far more successful in their attempt to infiltrate the ship, they are unprepared for what awaits them. While trapped in the city, Black Lightning tries to keep the peace and clamp down on the rioting and looting as Batgirl tries to hold off the Supeboy clone Match all on her own.

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Young Justice – True Colors

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2013

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  • Title: Young Justice: Invasion – True Colors
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Young Justice - True Colors

In the latest episode the Young Justice team brings in the Atom (Jason Marsden) to try and find a way to remove the scarab from Jaime Reyes (Eric Loomis) who fears Impulse‘s (Marsden) prophecy of the Blue Beetle’s future coming true. While the Atom is unsuccessful in his attempt, Jaime does get some good news from the Green Beetle (Phil LaMarr) of Mars who informs him even if the scarab cannot be removed it can still be controlled.

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Young Justice – Cornered

by Alan Rapp on January 14, 2013

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  • Title: Young Jusice: Invasion – Cornered
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Several members of the Young Justice team are trapped in the Hall of Justice along with Zatanna (Lacey Chabert) and Captain Marvel (Chad Lowe) when Despero shows up looking for a fight and the heads of worthy opponents to stuff and mount on his wall. With the team totally cut-off from the rest of the world, and Zatanna comatose due to Despero’s mind control, Superboy (Nolan North), Miss Martian (Danica McKellar), Bumbleebee (Masasa Moyo), and Mal (Kevin Michael Richardson) are on their own to help Captain Marvel stop the warlord from littering the Hall of Justice with their corpses.

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Young Justice #23

by Alan Rapp on December 27, 2012

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young-justice-23-coverThe current storyline continues as Superman, Superboy, Captain Atom, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman fight off Braniac‘s crystallized minion in space the various Young Justice teams try break through the impenetrable field surrounding Metropolis and discover more information about the spaceship floating above the city.

Although the comic is fun, it does feel far too much like treading water and needlessly stretching out the arc as none of the major stories are moved that far forward. However, we do get an appearance by the Young Justice version of Deashot in the flashback to five years ago (that is still be awkwardly continued along with the current storyline). Although he isn’t quite wearing his classic costume, the villain certainly looks better than his New 52 makeover.

There’s enough here for fans, including appearances by several members of the team, but it’s certainly not a must-read and could probably be skipped without missing a beat of the overall arc. For fans.

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Young Justice #22

by Alan Rapp on November 25, 2012

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young-justice-22-coverWith SupermanSuperboyCaptain AtomCaptain Marvel, and Wonder Woman all trapped on the moon and several other members of both Young Justice and the Justice League trapped inside an impenetrable sphere surrounding Metropolis the remaining members of the team work together with the Atom, the Flash, and the Martian Manhunter to figure out just what the hell is going on as Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy head to the moon on a rescue mission.

The story is a little more focused this time around, but we still get more more five-year flashbacks involving Dick Grayson‘s relationships with the ladies of the team. As good as these are by themselves, these flashbacks continue to be somewhat disorienting, especially as they have yet to be tied directly to the current situation our heroes find themselves in.

The issue is certainly packed with characters including several of the newer members of the Young Justice team including Batgirl, Wonder Girl, Zatanna and Blue Beetle, and even a surprise cameo by Plastic Man. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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