Minor spoilers ahead.
|Kid Flash got into |
the Atom's stuff again.
The show is based on the Young Justice comic book by Peter David, created by Peter David and Todd Nauck, and merged with the Teen Titans as well. The show features Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Aqualad, Ms. Martian, and Artemis (apparently the show chose not to use the name Arrowette for the archer as was the case in the Young Justice book). Green Arrow's former partner, who started out as Speedy but redubs himself Red Arrow after severing ties with his mentor, is also in the mix but not as a member of the team. Red Tornado and Batman round out the cast as the team's supervisors and to assign missions. Various Justice League members are in the mix as the plot demands; in one episode, Black Canary drops by to do hand-to-hand combat training with the team, for example.
Finally, Artemis. I've only seen one episode with her so far so I'm not sure how similar she is to Arrowette of the comics; at a glance I think the only similarity is blonde hair and archery, to be honest. She is the team mystery, as she and Green Arrow claim she is his niece but Red Arrow dispels that pretty quickly (privately, not to the rest of the team).
What really surprised me about this show was the inclusion of the Justice League. Unlike the Teen Titans cartoon (which is highly underrated in my opinion), where the Justice Leage was kept completely separate (Batman's name was never mentioned once in the entire 5 seasons the show aired), here the League is represented in full force. These kids are the sidekicks, much to Speedy's disapproval. One fun aspect of the original Young Justice comic, as well as the early issues of the relaunched Teen Titans, was the kids trying to find their own way and gain trust from their mentors. These kids are privy to the secrets of the world's greatest heroes, and also want to prove themselves. Having the Justice League around for the kids to look up to and rebel against should make for some fun television.
If you can park your DC continuity at the door and enjoy the show as a new take on the DC Universe, you're in for a treat.