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I've just watched "Drop Zone", and I have to say it's much better than the last three episodes. I really thought this episode felt a lot like "Human Target" which is another good TV show based on DC Comics, which airs on Fox. and it's a good thing BTW.
Anyway excellent portrayal of the Kobra organisation, and I hope you'll be able to portray crime families and other terrorist organsations as good as Kobra in future episodes.
Well, I just watched "Drop Zone" and I'll give some feedback.
I like how the Young Justice members fought Kobra, the Sportsman and Bane in one episode. Just an odd combo and I love it. I'm glad they're fighting adult super villains.
Charterizations for Robin and Superboy were good. I like how Superboy seems to be portrayed as kind of arrogant and careless with his power.
The color schemes were kind interesting for the villains. Kobras were red and I'm used to them being green from Batman Beyond and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, specifically the prologue to "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster", an episode you wrote. I thought Kobra was the Crimson Avenger. And I thought Bane was Gene Simmons.
Actually, Bane does look good in this episode. In the comics and his first appearance on Batman:TAS, he looked like a pro wrestler. Then on the Batman revamp on WB (97-99), he wore black leather and had a spiked collar, resembling an S&M character. So, I like the sleek Young Justice version, even though his face is Kiss-like.
Finally, one real complaint. The speech Batman gives at the end where he chews out the kids. He tells them all the things they did wrong, but ends it with a "good job." I've seen that whole "you really messed up...good job!" speech in hundreds of movies and TV shows, to a name a few: Mulan, Patch Adams, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, every episode of "McCloud" and the episode "Initiation" of Justice League.
But overall, it was a good episode.
Are we going to keep seeing the "Hello Megan!" catchphrase in Young Justice? I mean it's a nice catchphrase but if we're going to see it in each episode... Hahah. Well.
Tune in and find out for yourself.
Not a question. I just saw "Drop Zone" and it was great. I especially liked the fact you showed Bane using his wits. Too often he's portrayed as dumb muscle. This was closer to what Chuck Dixon was probably thinking of.
just watched "Drop Zone" wich was epic, btw. i was just wondering about the timestamps- i noticed that the first two were dated in June, although the team wasn't even formed till July, 4th. Was this just an animation error, or some time-travel thing? I just got really confused...
By now, you've hopefully seen the corrections posted here at ASK GREG. (If not, check the Young Justice archives.) I'm happy to say that the timestamps were all corrected for the next time the episode airs.
After last week's somewhat lackluster episode of "Young Justice," I'm happy to be able to say... NOW THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!
The team seems to have come together, and it was cool to see them handle their first mission. I also loved how they determined who should lead. Usually once the leader is selected, he remains the leader for the duration of the series. But Aqualad as a placeholder until Robin is ready to lead is a pretty inspired take.
The character dynamics were fun. Seeing Miss Martian swoon over Superboy, who was being a jerk to her last episode was sadly quite true to life (seriously, do women like being mistreated?), but it was nice to see that Superboy has lightened up quite a bit, and is treating her much better now. He also seems to be developing a sense of humor. Looks like there is hope for him.
Now, to discuss the villains. I thought the timing of this episode was great, since it was only a few days ago that Bane (played by Tom Hardy) was announced as a villain in "The Dark Knight Rises." I also enjoyed this take on him. Smart, cunning, and utterly ruthless. This is a guy who I can see being as smart as Batman, and it was nice to see that take on him since, outside the comics, Bane has never been depicted as all that bright. I also loved Danny Trejo as his voice, perfect casting there.
I've never heard of Sportsmaster before tonight. His name is beyond hokey, but I liked him as an emissary of the Light. I'm sure we'll see more of him. Speaking of the Light, it was nice to get confirmation that Mr. Twister was working for them last week.
And finally, the Cult of the Kobra, who I have heard of. I liked them in this episode, they were fun. Although they felt like an imitation of Marvel's Hydra, but to be fair, they always felt like that. I suppose I could make a joke about GI Joe's nemesis, Cobra, but I won't. Still, as far as comics go, Hydra was always the original ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world. Oops, guess I did make that joke.
All joking aside, I enjoyed Kobra, and his scheme. Mixing the Venom with the Blockbuster serum produced some pretty creepy results. I was surprised to see that much muscle and tissue ripping through torn skin on a cartoon. But I also enjoyed how understated, and calm Kobra himself was (and that was always how I thought Cobra's Emperor, Serpentor, should have been played, but that's another series and era).
The animation remains gorgeous, and I hope it stays that way.
I give this one a solid A. Loved it.
Well, I'm glad we weren't "lackluster" two episodes in a row.
Hi Greg. Hope your 2011 is off to a good start. Gotta question for ya. Are Gargoyles with feathered wings (such as Griff, Zaphiro) susceptible to molting?
Not that you probably have the time to do it even if you wanted to but... I heard the Peter David will be writing some episodes of Young Justice. Should the opportunity present itself, would you like to write a story in his version of YJ like he is writing in yours?
Uh... just to be clear... you're asking if -- in some strange hypothetical universe -- Peter were to begin writing issues of his old YJ comic again, would I like to write an issue if I had time?
Comics don't really work that way, but sure! Why not?!
how old are flash, batman and superman?
Barry is 35. Clark is 33. Bruce is 32.
I am under the impression that you guys created your aqualad for the show and DC followed suit by introducing a version of the character into it's main Universe. This is correct?
I'm curious about the level of communication between the major parties in the seperate character developments. Did you clearly delineate your origin and characterization to the comics team so that they could purposfully create a different character will only intentional overlap, or was there no sharing (beyond the basic look and powers) so that each team could create their own character without undue influence of the other (kind of like the way you have described avoiding much of the 90s Spider-Man show to avoid influence upon creation of Spectacular Spider-Man)
Yes, that's basically correct, though there was input from both divisions going both directions. There was plenty of communication. No plan on our part for them to take it in a different direction. They picked and chose from among what we created to create their version. And they gave us some good suggestions as well.
Hey Greg one of the stronger internet rumors going around about Young Justice is that one of the main characters is gonna die. This speculation comes from that comic-con video about young justice. Now I seem to be the only person in the world who seems to think that this meant that your show wasnt afraid of killing off characters when necessary. (already in the first episode Mr. Freeze kills a ton of civilians(well I'm assuming they died because you said that your trying to anchor some of the science in the real world))
So I was wondering are we free to keep on speculating about the death of a team member or was this a misinterpretation of informaton given?
You're always free to speculate. How could I stop you if I wanted to?
I was watching YJ on Sunday and I was curious as to what brought Mr. Twister (a robot version)to be the villain of the week? Considering the original human only faced Robin Aqualad and Kid Flash once and decades ago.
There are a LOT of reasons, but one was that we thought it would be interesting for our Team to face an updated version of the original Teen Titan's very first opponent. A shout-out, if you will.
How could the bioship have blocked the YJers from Twister's line of site, in episode 3? It's invisible and we see the ground underneath the ship from Twister's perspective and we see Twister through the ship from the YJers perspective. It seems to me that it could have acted as a shield but it shouldn't have cloaked the children who were not inside it.
It's NOT invisible. It's camouflaged. There's a difference.
I heard that there won't be any more two-parters in season 1 of Young Justice. Did you and Brandon Vietti decide to make the series premiere the only two-parter of the season or did Cartoon Network tell you that you could only have 1 two-parter in the first season?
That was our decision - though I'll admit it was at least partially based on the knowledge that networks in general don't love two-parters that much.
I just want to know and im shore you've been asked this before do you see your self ever making another Gargoyles show because I truly admire your work
It's not up to me.
A year ago I rediscovered the Gargoyles, by accident. I'm from germany and the last time I saw Gargoyles was back in 1998, so I was like "WTH?" when I switched through all those stupid TV channels here in germany and all of a sudden I stumbled over Gargoyles. I was about 8 years old, the last time I did see the show (and never actually understood the storyline), Gargoyles was just sooo cool back then. I love watching those Disney Afternoon tv series (Darkwing Duck, Talespin and stuff), but completely forgot about the Gargoyles. Thanks to the internet I found out, that they re-air Gargoyles in germany: Every sunday two episodes, since 2008! And they still air it and don't seem to take Gargoyles off-air for another year. I think you must be very proud of Gargoyles. Anyways after I discovered Gargoyles again I watched the complete show and what can I say? It's a true masterpiece but the last 12 episodes were strange. The Gargoyle Chronicles are aired with the intro of the second season here in germany, but I'm aware of them now. :D This time around I finally understood the timeline and everything. Brilliant! I couldn't resist and ordered the three TPB of Gargoyles/Bad Guys. Again: Brilliant, but just too short. I imported both DVDs and received them a week ago. Thank's god there are region free dvd players around! I like watching some movies in the original language and that's what I'm trying to do with Gargoyles, even though the german dub is fantastic, too.
I follow this "ask Greg" section since a few months and was reading a lot about Young Justice then. I thought I'd give it a try and thanks to the internet (forgive me) I was being able to see the pilot of Young Justice. What can I say: Another great show! Problem is here in germany we barely know of any of these superheroes, because all these comics aren't being sold here. I know Batman, Robin, Superman, Spiderman and that's pretty much it. So I was like "hell, I don't know anything" when all those superheroes appeared at the end of the pilot. And then my question is:
Do you know when and if Young Justice is coming to other countries? Germany to be precise?
I asked the german Cartoon Network channel, but they say they don't have plans to air Young Justice right now, but that may change in the future...
Just wanted to ask if you know a bit more.
Forgive me my grammatically weirdness and keep up your great work!!
Thanks for writing Wilco. I'm afraid I have no info on YJ's international distribution. They don't inform me of such things.
hi greg! just want to congratulate you for all the work you do!!i come from france and i just receive the comics books ,and when i finished to read it ,i had a question who came.I wonder if one day you have planned that coldstone or coldfire will ever be real gargoyles again by a magic tricK or something like that.
by the way ,very enjoy the story in chapter 10 11 12 ,on tv it would have been great episode!!a sorry i just miss the show!and i think it can still have today a great success .
thanks to you ,and another thanks if you answer back
No, I don't see them becoming flesh and blood gargoyles again ever.
Hi Greg, I've been a long time fan and have never had the opportunity to ask this question, but it's a question that I've had since I watched the series in its initial run. Why did Broadway ever end up with Angela? Was it a decision by a particular writer, a shift in the creative team, or something else? Brooklyn seemed to be the logical choice do to fan base, role as second in command, and overall use in stories. In episodes like "The Gathering Part II" and "Turf" Brooklyn seemed to be building a relationship (even a very small one) with Angela. Broadway seemed like the last possible gargoyle to end up with Angela (totally discounting Lex there). And yet he did end up with Angela. I guess this long rant has one simple question behind it, why not Brooklyn?
Our plan was ALWAYS to pair her with Broadway. ALWAYS. It seemed right to us for all characters involved. For more details - CHECK THE ARCHIVES, as I've answered this over and over again.
First off, I have been enjoying the show so far, an kudos to all involved.
While I've seen a very positive reaction to the show online, I've seen several bloggers take issue with the way Miss Martian has been portrayed so far.
Not trying to stir the pot, but do you have anything to say to those who feel she is too much of a stereotypical "girlie girl" or that she was belittled by the boys and hit on by Wally?
She was certainly hit on by Wally, but I don't agree that she was belittled by the boys. And I don't know what to make of the 'sterotypical girlie girl' comment. She is who she is. Obviously, I'm happy with her characterization.
I'm assuming from the date of your question, that you and "several bloggers" have only seen her -- except for a few seconds in episode two -- in episode three. I'd think by now -- as of episode seven -- you've all had time to get to know her a bit better. But either way, stay tuned. I think she's a great character. Hopefully, you'll all think so too.
I was just wondering if Dwayne Mcduffie would be writing some episodes of Young Justice? I'm a really big fan of his work, For example Justice League Crisis on Two Earths, and I would love too see him write for the show.
I realize you posted this back in January. But as some of you may know, Dwayne McDuffie passed away this past Monday, February 21, 2011 from complications from heart surgery.
Dwayne was a great guy and an extremely talented writer. I too was a fan. It's a huge loss to comics, to animation and of course to all his friends and family.
I am doing a research regarding fantasy an escapism.I wrote an article here pointing why We enjoy fantasy so much.Wich it can bee seen here http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Analysis/Escapism.
And I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on it.Given that fantasy-escapism is something you do great. Thanks!
I'll try to get to that soon...
Are their going to be a lot of breaks between new episodes airing because of some work being done over seas?
They only list the first five episodes.
We were preempted this week because CN is airing their "Hall of Game" awards show special. Had nothing to do with production, overseas or otherwise. We'll be back next week. Down the road, who knows? But we're not anticipating a break because of production.
Me again, I'm helping out the Gargwiki by getting years of birth for some of the human characters. Of course I'll be doing the ones related to Macbeth so you can focus on those ones. The people are Gillecomgain, Mail Brigti, Kenneth II, Maol Chalvim II, Findlaech, Duncan, Canmore and Luach.
Kenneth II - 932
Maol Chalvim II - 962
Mail Brigti - 962
Findlaech - 969
Gillecomgain - 982
Duncan - 1001
Canmore - 1031
Luach - 1033
I've seen episode 3 of Young Justice, "Welcome to Happy Harbor." Is the resolution Miss Martian applied to the bad guy really OK? She checked first that the target failed her scan, but there could be other reasons a failure could happen. Heck, her supervisor for the episode, Red Tornado, would have failed the scan. Did she even consider those possibilities? Note that the lead hidden bad guy's first statement to his assistant highlighted the extreme punishment. (I hope I'm not too vague from trying to minimize spoilers.)
I get WHAT you're referring to, but I'm not sure what exactly your question is.
I'm a huge fan of the Young Justice cartoon and I was curious if I could interview you for my website http://www.popgunchaos.com ? Basically I would like to discuss YJ, but also Gargoyles and other parts of your career as well. Thanks for your time and consideration.
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Cody, but all YJ interview requests need to go through Winson Seto at Warner Bros. I'll forward your info to him.
What steps do usually go through when creating a new character?
Foxtrot. Sometimes the Charleston.
What do I respond to this, in a smartass funny way, that makes me look cute?: "I think you may have gotten the names mixed up. See that's ... I'm ... Clearly I am the stunner. Its ok. I know you just got a little confused. "
Is Guardian from the pilot Speedy's uncle like he is in the comics?
I meant answering these questions sorry XD
See previous response.
Hey greg I was just wondering if you get a little overwhelmed asking all these questions?
Nah. I'm whelmed. (Who didn't know I'd say that.)
I'm used to it. I'll admit, I do wish people would check the archives, would refrain from asking spoiler questions that I'm never going to answer, etc. It can get tiresome, but not overwhelming. And if I get tired, I just stop answering for the time being.
1. Are you taking suggestions from fans on things to put in the show or do you have everything planned out?
2. What are some examples of the teenage heroes that are on the list you choose from?
1. At this point, everything's not only planned, it's executed. But in any case, NO. Not allowed to take suggestions per Warner Bros. legal department.
2. "Some examples" (strictly in alphabetical order): Aqualad, Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Red Arrow, Robin, Speedy, Superboy, to name a few...
Hey Greg, just need to ask a few questions about Young Justice which is perfect by the way.
1.I noticed in the third episode that Kid Flash was constantly trying to flirt with Miss Martian, but Robin kept bring him down every chance he got.Was this deliberate because he obviously knew of Miss Martian crush on Superboy or was it just a conicedence.
I'm not clear on what two things would be the "coincidence" in this case...?
Will Superboy ever lighten up? His grouchiness can get old real quick...
So can questions asking me to spoil future events on the series...
How is it that having Robyn at her feet, Demona didnt kill her? I loved the scene and I think that there may be two possible answers:
a- Demona does seem to have a twisted sense of humor. After watching her facing Hackon, The Renaissance Hunter and the current Hunter's father (cant remembere the name)and destroying the ciberbiotics airship with a smile from ear to ear...it's evident she likes to play with her prey, so to speak. Was she just trying to put a scare on the "little hunters" and play around with them a little bit?
B- It kind of seems unlickly that something could have stopped her from killing Robyn, considering there were three unarmed children with her down there...or so it seemed, which comes to the next possibility: Did something forced her to fleed?
Thanks for any answer you may provide ;D Demona rocks!
What scene are we talking about?
Why do the Gargoyles' loincloths turn to stone? Hudson's sword is inconsistently drawn in the comics and TV show as both turning to stone and not at different points, but I assume the latter is the correct interpretation since Xanatos (in the TV show) makes a point of finding a replica of Hudson's sword in order to make a convincing statue of him. Therefore, it seems like their accessories do not turn to stone, yet their clothing does. Why?
This has been asked and answered MANY times. It's called the "Humility Spell" and we have an entire archive about it here at ASK GREG. For more info, check here: http://gargoyles.dracandros.com/Spell_of_Humility
In fact, the gargoyles wiki is a VERY useful place to get info BEFORE coming here to ask for it.
Okay, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I was just wondering, do toyline tie-ins play any part in storylines or story elements you guys come up with? I'm just curious because I know some of the producers from the Brave and the Bold cartoon have mentioned that the toy company had a hand in pushing certain stories and characters like the Starro two-parter.
Not so far. We had discussions with Mattel way at the beginning of development -- and they absolutely had some worthwhile suggestions -- but they pretty much liked where we were going with the series, and they've had no influence on story.
Since then, we've been feeding them designs, and Kevin Hopps and I have been writing copy for the back of their packaging. We're actually pretty excited about the collaboration.
"Welcome to Happy Harbor" Review
Itâs here, itâs finally here! The first all new Young Justice episode in almost two months! So how does it hold up? Pretty good, Iâd say. Admittedly this episode doesnât have quite the same level of intrigue and jaw dropping moments as Independence Day or Fireworks but thatâs okay. This story is more about getting to know the kids a bit and giving the character stuff more room to breath. And the character stuff is very well done here. We get to see the original four from the pilot interacting with each other, as well as the two newest additions to the main cast.
I particularly enjoyed Red Tornado, Jeff Bennet gives the character a very deadpan delivery that ironically brings Tornado to life. And thanks to the episodeâs tag, it looks like weâre going to be learning a lot more about this guy in the future.
Of course itâs Mâgann whoâs the real star of this story. She starts out very insecure and unsure of her place on this team, if not this planet. But by the end of the episode she seems be a lot more confident though Iâm guessing she still has a way to go.
Not that our retuning characters donât get plenty of nice moments. Kaldur is once again the voice of reason, Superboy shows about all the social graces of somebody who grew up in a tube and Wally isâ¦ well Wally. And I loved watching Robin heckling Wallyâs pitiful attempts at flirting.
On the antagonist side of things, Mr. Twister is an okay villain but something about him didnât entirely click for me. I couldnât even tell that was supposed to be John Delancie doing the voice. Still, considering he turned out to be merely a henchmen for the real villain, maybe thatâs the point. Given his interest in Red Tornado as well as being able to duplicate Redâs powers with the Mr. Twister armour, Iâve a pretty good idea who this âProfessorâ character really is.
All and all, it was a welcome re-introduction to this universe and I canât wait to see the teamâs first official mission next week.
Yeah, the Professor is T.O. Morrow (revealed in the credits).
Glad you liked it. A breather of sorts before their first mission in episode 4.
A question about Elisa's shooting by Broadway.
It was confirmed on-screen in "Deadly Force" that only Broadway, Elisa and Goliath know that Broadway shot Elisa. Dracon may have overheard it, because he was being held upside down by Goliath when Broadway confessed. And perhaps the other members of the Manhattan Clan were told off-screen.
I wonder how the police investigation went on this shooting. In "Deadly Force", the gun was taken into evidence, but Chavez said that no conclusive prints could be found on the gun. She did affirm her conviction that Dracon did it and that no one who "hits" a cop would get away with it.
In "The Edge", Elisa tells Chavez that getting shot was an "accident". Was the shooting reclassified an accident off screen? What was Elisa's account of the shooting to the police? Were the police curious as to why someone would shoot Elisa in her apartment and then leave her outside the ER of a hospital?
The shooting was reclassified as an accident with Elisa blaming herself. She offered no explanation for how she got to the hospital, and none could be found. Chavez, I think, found the story suspicious, which may have been one of the reasons she insisted that Elisa get a partner.
How many copies need to be sold of Gargoyles Season 1 and Season 2, Volume 1 for Disney to release Season 2, Volume 2?
I think that ship has sailed.
I have some Youn justice questions
1.-Why Superman acted that way towards superboy?. If someone could understant superboy's predicament better than anyone is Clark.He is an orphan himself.He lose jor-el and Jonathan Kent.He losed two parents.I was a bit disapointed on him acting that way I espected more of big blue.
2.-Are you surprised how popular artemis despite the fact taht she hasn't officialy apperead in the show beyond the intro?.
1. Personally, I think you're seeing things in a very black and white manner -- when this show is all about shades of grey. (Incidentally, I'm not using this question to confirm or deny anything at all about Superman's background on Earth-16.)
2. I didn't know she was popular before her intro. How does one measure that?
I searched some of the archives and I don't think you've answered this, but what was your main inspiration for the creation Thailog's character? He was definitely one of my most favorite antagonists in the show, as well as Demona and Xanatos.
Young Justice was amazing! :)
This HAS to be in the archives somewhere. But there were three immediate inspirations: (1) a mix session where the word Goliath kept getting played backwards (hence the word "Thailog"), (2) John Byrne's negative zone redesign of the costumes of the Fantastic Four (hence Thailog's color scheme) and (3) the amazing talent of Keith David (hence the desire to give him the shot at playing a villainous Goliath).
How was Miss Martian able to perfectly transform into Red Tornado when she said that it was difficult for her to transform into men?
ok let me anwser this one for you HE IS A ROBOT!!!!!!! PAY ATTENTION and stop asking stupid questions... OK now here is my question for greg..was it hard picking your cast for who would voice your characters???
I really don't need YOU to be rude to folks here at ASK GREG. Not helping.
As for the casting, I've gone into this in detail before. So though your question isn't stupid by any means, it still bogs down the site, as you could have gotten the answer from the archives.
How was Miss Martian able to perfectly transform into Red Tornado when she said that it was difficult for her to transform into men?
Difficult isn't impossible, but also take a look at Red Tornado. There's considerably less detailed anatomy on the robot than on a human male.
I'm a huge fan of Spectacular Spider-man and I was heartbroken when it was cancelled. On the flip-side, I'm loving Young Justice, so I have to ask... If it weren't for Spidey getting cancelled, would you still be working on YJ?
Now that Desdemona is back on the Clan...has anyone told her about Demona and what she has become?
I'm sure she'll be filled in.
So I'm watching "City of Stone" again, one of my favorite storylines, and I'm wondering, how on earth could a young MacBeth not realize Gillecomgain was the Hunter who killed his father?
I mean, clearly they know each other, and the Hunter is wearing a mask that has markings the exact same shape of Gillecomgain's giant scars. Doesn't seem like the best disguise.
Asked and answered already. Check the archives.
Are you planning to create any more Gargoyles comics, like maybe one for Timedancer?
I'd love to, but it's not up to me.
After zooming in on a screen shot from "Welcome to Happy Harbor," I noticed that some of Red Tornado's back story from the comics was on the lower left screen when Aqualad announces that Red Tornado is on his way to The Cave (The Elemental Wars and his time with the Leymen).
1a) Was this information scripted to be used or was it something cleverly injected by someone else?
1b) According to the Earth-16 timeline, when does the Elemental Wars and Leymen membership take place (i.e. 7 years ago)?
1a. It was something NOT so cleverly injected without my knowledge by someone (whom I'm sure meant well) and was noticed to my dismay only after it was too late to fix. I was hoping no one else would notice it, but clearly that was too much to hope for. I'm officially disavowing it -- because I have no choice. It contradicts stuff we've already got planned for future episodes in the series.
1b. Hasn't happened. Whether or not it will happen: No comment.
Can you tell us who was the first (a) person, (b) being and (c) entity to figure out how to work the Phoenix Gate?
Yes, I can."
Really, you can? I wouldn't think the term "first" could apply to the Phoenix Gate. And I'm not even being sarcastic (well, maybe just a little), but how can something in an infinite loop ever be said to have a beginning or end? Perhaps there's an earliest time it appeared, but odds are it was taken there by someone else, who may have taught this "earliest" person how to use it- in which case, could (s)he really be said to be the first person to have used it? I'm interested in this- do you think of there being a beginning to something like the Phoenix Gate? Or am I just reading way too much into an off-the-cuff smartass remark?
Mostly, yeah, you're reading too much into it...
BUT.. haven't I already answered this? The first entity to figure out how to work the Gate was the entity that bound the Phoenix IN the Gate.
So . . . earlier this week (1/19/2011) I picked up and read Young Justice #0. (sigh) I'm still waiting to hear the release dates for Mecha-Nation #2 or #3, so I was happy to pick a comic written by (well you, lol) Greg Weisman & (Spec Spidey's) Kevin Hopps :) Anyways, without further delay,
*** Young Justice #0 SPOILERS BELOW!***
My continuing caveat with these Young Justice reviews is that I barely know a lick of DC lore. Frankly, it was Spectacular Spider-Man that most effectively introduced me to the Marvel Universe, despite me watching/reading other Marvel properties years earlier.
So if there's any inside jokes/easter eggs/homages here, I'm not likely to notice them.
Nevertheless, from the moment I read the first page, I was immediately pulled into the story. Maybe it was because I saw the two-part premiere, but even if that's the case, I don't think accessibility will be an issue for this DC newbie.
Anyways, this comic takes place between the last two scenes of "Independence Day" Part II . . . July 5th to July 8th. It really is perfect timing this issue came out this week, just days after Part II re-aired, and a couple of days before the new episode goes on the air.
The first couple and last few pages transition between television-to-comic and comic-to-television with such ease, I'm kinda wondering if both were written at the same time. ;)
Anyways, onto the story . . . this one mostly focuses on Kid Flash and him taking in the stray . . . you know, Superboy.
I am definitely reminded of the awkward moments Superman realized he has a clone, and that abandonment feeling lurks everywhere Supey goes, starting at Kid Flas-, er, Wally's home in Central City.
After a day of vegging in front of television (I'm gonna guess that Wally was giving Superboy a crash-course on pop culture), Kid Flash gets a letter from Batman (without crushing Superman's hope that it might have been Superman looking out for him) with a cash card dedicated to Superboy's "expenses." They make their way to the mall and 'Forever Sixteen' to get Superboy something to wear that isn't a solar suit . . . I smiled when Superboy only bought black shirts, justifying the classic cartoon trope of wearing the same thing every episode.
Unlike Aqualad or Robin (who are either patrolling in the ocean or stuck at the Wayne Mansion), it doesn't take long for Kid Flash and Superboy to find trouble, aka the Terror Twins, Tommy & Tuppence Terror. They seem the particularly physical sort for simply robbing a jewelery store, but it doesn't take long for Kid Flash and Superboy to get them away from their appointed hostages and well, the mall.
But before things really heat up, the Terror Twins get timid and make tracks (tee hee) . . . and not to Kid Flash and Supey's credit. We're treated to the Flash and Superman, who treat the duo with news that Batman has made his decision as well as another moment of silence (though not as awkward) from Superman.
Todd Jensen revealed to me that the names Tommy & Tuppence were also used for a husband & wife detective duo in a few Agatha Christie novels. As previously mentioned, I wouldn't know the level of coincidence/homage in this factoid, but I find it interesting enough to worth sharing :)
All in all, a fun issue, and I gotta say, I'm liking the friendship that's developing between Kid Flash and Superboy, which was short of getting hostile when the two originally met in the two-parter -- now, Kid Flash is giving Superboy a 'bro' punch on the shoulder . . . and immediately regretting it. d:
Can't wait for the -- (check issue number) -- um, first issue (as well as you and Kevin's return as writers later in the series)!
***Young Justice #0 SPOILERS ABOVE ***
Thanks. Kevin and Brandon and I have been following the work on issues 1-6 very closely, and we think you'll be pleased. Kevin and I finished the script to issue 7 already, and are hard at work on 8.
Tommy and Tuppence Terror were indeed a nod to Christie's work, but also a nod to my buddy Tuppence Macintyre, who once upon a time helped out so much on the Scotish research for Gargoyles.