The sidekicks of some of DC Comics’ top superheroes take the lead roles in “Young Justice.”
The Cartoon Network animated series features Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Artemis as superhero teens who are learning the ropes while taking on covert assignments for their mentors.
The group is supervised by the robotic hero Red Tornado and trained by the Black Canary, whose sonic superpowers are augmented by her hand-to-hand fighting skills. The team receives its assignments from Batman (Bruce Greenwood).
Episodes 9-12 of Season One make up “Vol. 3.”
“Bereft” has the makings of a spy thriller as the team wakes up in the desert of a Middle Eastern country with no memory of the past six months. Team telepath Miss Martian (Danica McKellar) tries to restore the team’s memories, and rescue Superboy (Nolan North), who as a clone has reverted to a savage state. The series took a seven-month hiatus following this episode, before returning with another episode with espionage overtones.
“Targets” features Red Arrow (Crispin Freeman) and Aqualad (Khary Payton) teaming up to protect a villain for the greater good of ongoing peace talks in “Targets.”
In “Terrors,” Superboy and Miss Martian to go undercover to attempt to stop a breakout from Belle Reve, a prison for the world’s most dangerous supervillains.
The two Young Justice members without superpowers, Artemis (Stephanie Lemelin) and Robin (Jesse McCartney) have to save the team when their base of operations is attacked by superpowered robots.
Jason Spisak voices Wally West, aka Kid Flash, and Jesse McCartney provides the voice of Dick Grayson, aka Robin.
“Young Justice” remains a high-quality animated program dealing with teen interaction and superpowers. Fans of the classic Marv Wolfman-George Perez “Teen Titans” will find “Young Justice” an action-packed modern update. The only real negative is the DVD release strategy of putting out episodes four at a time.
— Matthew Price
From the Feb. 24 edition of The Oklahoman*
*Somehow I never got this review up on the blog, so I’m adding it now for the Young Justice fans out there!