As many of you may recall, I had more than a few issues and concerns with the Young Justice series when it initially premiered. For those of you just joining us or if you need a refresher, feel free to catch up here.
With that being said, I continued to watch the series and steadily the show improved with each episode. However it was the season finale, Usual Suspects, that proved to be a game changer and setting up for season two: Young Justice Invasion which premieres this weekend.
From a writing standpoint, the episode broke some cliches and threw some surprise twists that I honestly didn’t expect them to do. Said surprise twists made for some excellent storytelling.
I was finally happy to see the storyline of three YJ members–Miss Martian, Connor, Artemis– being blackmailed for their deep dark secrets come to an end. I especially liked that at least one other team member knew their deepest darkest secret and it didn’t matter to them. To me they bonded more organically as a team in that respect. Said bonding is going to also be put to the test now that it appears that the Justice League has been compromised.
But the biggest treat for me in that episode was the arrival of Rocket.
First and foremost, I’m very happy to see this series and DC in general paying homage to the heroes and heroines of Milestone Comics. Secondly, a finer choice couldn’t have been made. For those of you who know the story, it was Rocket who inspired Icon to become a superhero and to use his powers to protect the Earth. Unlike most sidekicks who are usually wards in training by their mentors, Rocket flips the trope and serves as a guide for Icon. She’s definitely going to be a great fit for the team and I look forward to seeing what the writers do with her.
With Young Justice Invasion, the stakes are being raised and the ante is being upped. It appears that we’re going to see some major payoffs from some groundwork that had been laid in season one. Chief among them, the appearances of some other YJ members: Cassie (Wonder Girl), Blue Beetle, Bumblebee, Beast Boy, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon: OH HELL YES!!!!), and others. It just got real. But don’t take my word for it:
To quote Jim Ross, Business Is About To Pick Up.
I’ll be watching.