In this week’s episode, we’re discussing the early days of Peter David’s and Todd Nauck’s Young Justice series. Anthony had never read any of it, so we sat him down and forced him to. Well, not forced him to. More like gave him the opportunity to experience the greatness that is Young Justice. This episode covers the Book One collection that DC released back in April, Young Justice #1-7, plus some tie-ins. Also, Casey is back with a minute recap of the latest Game of Thrones episode, “Spoils of War.”
In my last post, I commented on a moment at the close of Teen Titans #1 in which the character Bunker took a moment to soapbox a bit on a comment someone made that he saw as derogatory against gay people. The scene, in its entirety, is below:
When I picked up the issue, I had no idea who Bunker was. I had skipped the Scott Lobdell Titans run and he did not exist before that book launched with the New 52. But with this moment, I immediately thought “Oh, this is the gay character.” And I don’t mean that derogatory – but with the purple and pink outfit, the earrings coming juuuust below the mask, and then the speech, it was obvious.
So I looked up Bunker on Wikipedia and learned that not only was he indeed gay, but had been created specifically to be “the gay character”. It’s one of those oft-touted things that comic companies do to reach out and show how forward-thinking they are. Like launching an entire X-Men team of females or announcing in big bold print that the new Ms. Marvel is Muslim.
And really, there’s nothing wrong with that. A team like Teen Titans should have a gay character in there if his presence is justified than more than simply “he’s the gay one”. Of course, if you’re going for good representation, you might want to toss in someone who’s not white. I suppose Bunker is Mexican, so he fills two minority spots.
So okay, Bunker’s cool. What’s my problem with this scene?
Today we have the season 2 premiere of Green Lantern, titled “The New Guy,” in which Hal returns to Earth to find that there’s a new Green Lantern running around. Today’s episode of Young Justice is titled “Satisfaction.”
Green Lantern: The Animated Series – “The New Guy”
There’s a crack in space, and something (Anti-Monitor) floats through it. He drifts down to a planet, and destroys a ship that tells him he can’t be there. It then reactivates Manhunter robots. Hal Jordan returns to Earth, and tells Carol Ferris that he won. He asks if they can start again, and wants to get back to work. Carol tells him that since he’s been gone for months, she had to replace him. Mid discussion, Hal sees a news report about a broken crane, and leaves to help, after setting dinner plans with Carol. He arrives at the construction site in order to save a worker, but another Green Lantern stops the crane from falling. Guy Gardner is the new Lantern. Guy tells Hal that the Guardians sent him in as a replacement. They decide to talk Guardian business over hot wings at a place called McDuffie’s (Dwayne). Guy convinces Hal to call the Guardians and tell them off. Hal starts, but finds that Guy is real friendly with the Guardians. Hal, not happy about being replaced, and they come to blows. Their fight is stopped by a news report about unearthly energy coming from an archeological dig. They find markings that translate into “No man escapes the Manhunters,” and find 3 of robots. The Manhunters attack them. Hal reports in to Salaak, who tells him that if they are active, then they need to be destroyed or else they’ll exterminate everyone on Earth. The Manhunters break through to the surface. While Hal and Guy are fighting 2 of the Manhunters, the third spots a town, and detects emotions. Working together, they are able to destroy the Manhunters, and have a bonding moment. Hal gets a call from Carol an hour and a half after their dinner plans, and Carol tells him that it’s better for both of them if they just move on. Salaak contacts Hal, and tells him to report to the Guardian chamber at one. The Guardians tell him that he will no longer be Green Lantern of Sector 2814, and instead, has been promoted to honor guard, patrolling all of Guardian space. (more…)
Young Justice: Invasion – “Depths”
March 19. G. Gordon Godfrey is saying on his show that he’s upset that they’re setting up a satellite to contact aliens. Wally West isn’t happy that Artemis is suiting back up for one mission. Later that night, Nightwing is shown doing CPR on Artemis, then proclaiming her to be dead. Ten hours earlier. Nightwing is giving Superboy an update on Bart Allen, but Superboy walks out when Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy come in. Thankfully for him, Artemis comes in, and Nightwing gives them their mission. They are to protect the satellite launch. At a press conference, Godfrey questions Carol Ferris why they should communicate when they are being invaded. Martian Manhunter says that this is mutually beneficial. Martian Manhunter flies off with Superman, much to Godfrey’s chagrin. Turns out, Manhunter was Miss Martian, and Superman was Superboy. Nightwing and Artemis are on lookout, while Lagoon Boy is in the water, off the coast. He spots a ship coming in under the water. Nightwing thanks Artemis for coming, even though Wally isn’t happy about it because Artemis may find that she misses the life. (more…)
Welcome to this week’s edition of DC Nation. With last week’s season finale of Green Lantern, there was only a new episode of Young Justice. Today’s episode of Young Justice is titled “Bloodlines.” A speedster from the future comes to the present on a mission. The short segments included part 2 of the story featuring The Atom, and a new Teen Titans cartoon. There was likely a third thing in there, but since Green Lantern was a rerun, my DVR did not record it.
Young Justice: Invasion – “Bloodlines”
February 28. Nightwing is going through Krolotaen intel gathered by Martian Manhunter that says they were searching for a metagene. Nightwing is interrupted when a device materializes within the cave. Out pops someone who takes the name Impulse. Eventually, Nightwing is able to subdue Impulse. Red Arrow and Cheshire continue they’re search for the real Roy Harper. Impulse says his name is Bart Allen, and he’s from the future. Impulse tries to prove who is by knowing Nightwing and Robin’s real names, which is news to Beast Boy. Someone arrives at the cave, and Impulse takes the opportunity to vibrate out of his cuffs and escapes. Nightwing tracks Impulse to Central City, and warns Barry Allen that Impulse. Impulse gets to Barry, and calls him grandpa. Barry questions how this is possible since he doesn’t have any kids, and Iris tells him she’s pregnant. Wally West also shows up, having been called by Nightwing. Iris gets a call from her boss at GBS, informing her that there’s a new villain downtown calling for Flash’s blood. Impulse tries to convince Flash to let the League handle things, but Flash runs off. Impulse chases off after him. Flash and Impulse are unable to get close to this guy, Neutron, because of a wave he is emitting. Apparently, this villain is being controlled by the Krolotaens. Red Arrow and Cheshire try to infiltrate a building, but are captured. (more…)
Welcome to this week’s edition of DC Nation. Today’s episode of Green Lantern is titled “Homecoming.” The Red Lanterns arrive at Oa. Today’s episode of Young Justice is titled “Beneath.” The Alpha Team heads to Bialya to investigate Boom Tube usage, while Jamie Reyes looks for his friend. The short segments include a profile of Animal Man (might be a repeat), part one of an Atom cartoon, and a new Super Best Friends Forever cartoon.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series – “Homecoming”
Hal and Razer fly off to implement their plan, while Kilowog tries to buy them some time. Atrocitus, aboard the Interceptor, arrive at Oa. Using Aya, they trick their way onto Oa. Hal Jordan wakes up to find himself on Earth, where he sees Carol. Atrocitus and his forces land on Oa, and attack some Guardians. Hal is having dinner with Carol, but seems a bit out of it and doesn’t remember what has been going on. Kilowog does his best to fight off the Red Lantern armada. Carol tries to make Hal remember being a Green Lantern by going to Ferris Air and showing him his Lantern. This causes Hal to remember. Razer and He went to Zamaron to ask the Star Sapphires for help. Hal convinces them to teleport him back to Earth, despite of the possible consequences. Hal kisses Carol, and flies off. While fighting, Kilowog experiences a power boost. This cam from the presence of the Blue Lantern Saint Walker. Along with Saint Walker, Mogo joins the fight against the armada. Atrocitus and his group are able to overpower Salaak, and get to the Guardians. However, Hal Jordan is there waiting for them. Hal tells Atrocitus that he’s right to feel rage towards the Guardians, but what he’s doing is wrong. Drusa is attempting to delete Aya’s higher functions when Razer teleports in and saves her. Using Saint Walker to boost Mogo’s power, they are able to stop the armada. Hal is fighting Atrocitus, while the Guardians watch. Hal is able to overcome Atrocitus. Hal tries to reason with Zilius Zox. The Guardians promise to make restitution in the Forgotten Zone. Zilius agrees, as Atrocitus is taken to the prison. Razer avoids the question of how he got to Oa so quickly. The Guardians go to thank Hal, but he flies back to Earth. (more…)
Welcome to this week’s edition of DC Nation. Today’s episode of Green Lantern is titled “Invasion.” Hal and the gang try to keep the Red Lanterns from using the Lighthouse. Today’s episode of Young Justice is titled “Salvage.” A group tries to reach out to Red Arrow, while Superboy and Blue Beetle find their own Intergang problems. The short segments include a profile on Animal Man, and a two part Vibe cartoon.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series – “Invasion”
Atrocitus interrogates Byth Rok to get the code to the Lighthouse from him, but Byth Rok does not give in. Hal and Kilowog want to destroy the Lighthouse, while Razer wants to go back Oa and get reinforcements. The castaways on Mogo want to get off to join the Red Lanterns. Saint Walker talks with Mogo, who tells him to climb to find the savior from the Red Lanterns. Hal and the gang arrive at the Lighthouse, and are able to make it through the gateway. Security measures at the Lighthouse attack the group. Hal, Kilowog, and Razer leave the ship to try to disable the measures, but are attacked by a group of Red Lanterns. The Green Lanterns are forced to retreat. A Red Lantern ship comes to the castaways, where Zartok begs Atrocitus to let him join. Saint Walker wants to attack the Red Lanterns, but Mogo tells him that they are not his concern. Aya tells Hal that the Red Lantern armada will be there shortly. They form a plan with Aya flying in the energy beams forming the gateway. Aya makes it to the Lighthouse undetected. She was able to deactivate the defenses, but was spotted by the Red Lanterns. However, she’s able to turn the Lighthouse’s defenses on the Red Lanterns. Atrocitus catches up to the Green Lanterns in his ship. Razer detonates the Lighthouse. The Green Lanterns are able to escape the asteroid belt, but Atrocitus was able to as well. Saint Walker reaches the top of the mountain, and asks to be shown the savior, shown hope. Hal, Kilowog, and Razer investigate Atrocitus’ disabled ship to bring him in. They get there and the ship self destructs. Saint Walker is not sway by the lack of a savior being show, and is presented with a blue lantern and ring. Hal, Kilowog, and Razer fly back to their ship, but it starts attacking them. Aya has been taken over by Drusa, who was chosen by Atrocitus instead of Zartok. Atrocitus flies off, blowing up the liberators that he had left in the asteroid belt. This opens up a hole for the armada to fly through.