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You have put together an amazing show here. It was more than just a Saturday morning cartoon, it was a break from my work week working on my college degrees and bit of time that I could enjoy through out the week asking myself what's going to happen next.
You have succeeded in creating an emotionally investing show, even if it was made for kids, it held values and action, and my attention. Young Justice was the one thing I made sure to watch my first year away at college, and until today I could keep coming back to it. I thank you for making such a wonderful show.
I could feel like I watched Dick grow up, going from ready to lead the team from the start and then deciding he didn't want to be like Batman in the first season after failsafe. Then he comes to this point in his life during season 2 where he had to make those hard decisions. Aqualad, is by far one of my favorites, he is such a noble character and that is evident through out the seasons. He was grown when he came to us and has acted like a leader ever since. Then everything he has been through, Tula, his father, and yet he remains solid as ever. M'gann and Conner, both of them were so lost in the beginning, and now its like they've found where they want to go in life. Then there is Artemis and Wally. I won't lie to you I loved these two from the get go. Artemis is such a multidimensional character, and Wally...he's Wally there's no other way to explain him, like Artemis told M'gann. He's Wally. Everyone loves him. Artemis and Wally both become so sure of themselves, getting rid of their insecurities. Artemis so much as to go undercover and can still return to what she was. Then Wally, I doubt I will ever forgive you for what happen to him. I know your feelings on the speed force but I comfort myself by thinking that Wally is making a new discovery in the Earth-16 Universe. Wally has never been the fastest man alive, he knew that and he faced it. His noble side came through and he saved the world at the cost of his own life. When I watched that, I broke down with Artemis and felt his parents' ache when she told them. Wally is a hero.
This brings me to a few questions I do have for you.
With Aqualad and Artemis returning from undercover or dead, how is this going to affect there lives? Aqualad will be mistrusted and always suspected in the eyes of others. Artemis has a gravestone, she had retired and was attending college? How is she going to explain she died being Artemis and is back?
Why did we have to rush in and bring up Tim and Cassie in the end? I felt a little blind sided by that, much like Conner did.
Lastly, in TV I don't believe anyone is ever dead until you have a body. Wally's body was not there, he disappeared. The scarab didn't say he was going to die, he said that he would "cease", now is that a cease to exist entirely, cease to be with us here? Is that a more ominous take on what might have happened had season 3 not been cancelled?
Again, this was an amazing show. Thank you so much for your time in reading this and any answers you may provide.
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4. We wanted a little shock value there. A surprising positive to at least in part balance out a surprising negative.
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6. Nothing changed based on whether or not we received a pick-up. Brandon and I made a decision and stuck with it.
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1) Did the Light (what was left of them) cut off Deathstroke and Black Manta after the events of "Summit"?
2) Did they cut off the Brain as well, since he was captured, or did they eventually bring him back into the fold?
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Not sure if this counts as spoiler (if yes, then sorry), but I have 2 questions about Pog:
1. Are Pog and Griff of the London Clan related?
2. Was Pog always white or is he only white due to his old age?
3. Did Pog have a full mane when he was younger (similar to that of Leo)?
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2. Haven't thought about it, honestly.
3. No, I don't think so.
For questions 2 and 3, I try not to make too many visual decisions in advance of my collaboration with an artist or artists.
I believe I remember a time when you said you changed the last episode? What did you plan to do before you changed it?
I apologize if you dont remember, or maybe I'm wrong.
I don't know what you're referring to.
Not even 100% sure what series you're referring to, though I assume it's YJ:I.
First off, I have to say that Young Justice has become one of my favorite shows of all time, and I hope it gets a chance to continue someday. Maybe all those hiatuses were prepping us to last until CN decides hey, you know what, that show we cancelled was actually pretty damn awesome.
My questions are: 1. How did Bart manage to build that time machine? As in, did he salvage parts from the Reach or the Team (since he was near Mt. Justice), or build it from scratch?
and 2. Would he be capable of building another/repairing his broken one? (If that's considered an idea masquerading as a question then I'm sorry, and you can delete this second question.)
1. Who said he built it?
2. It seems not, since both he and Nathaniel seemed pretty sure it was a one-way trip.
Haha so I am guessing Black Canary is now Justice League leader because she is your favorite character. Am I correct?
Well, I suppose that didn't hurt. But it also seemed right, and she has been leader of the League in the comics in the past. There was precedent for it.
Since Jaime has a crush on Cassie, is he a little jealous of Tim & Cassie together? I speak for all the fans when I say I would LOVE is it could be explored in season 3!
I'm counting on a season 3 because we are not giving up!
Thank you for ALL you've done!
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Green Beatles questions:
1.Does he now share a similar relationship to his scarab as Jamie does,with it a voice in his head.
2.While he was under control, did he also have the voice, or was that a specific side effect of Blue's scarab having gone off mode.
3. The beetle had control over his telepathy, but he himself could still think, does this mean telepathy isn't directly linked with thought?
4. Was his beetle specifically made for Martains(and,through that,EACH beetle specifically made) to counter their powers(such as shapeshifting away, or density shifting).
Thanks for your time, great season(..series?) finally!
1. His scarab is dead and gone. I would have thought that was clear.
2. Yes, though maybe it was less objective.
3. I'm not clear on what you're asking here.
4. I don't think so.
After watching the series finale I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried a little bit. I was wondering though if you could explain further as to what Blue Beetle's scarab meant when he said Wally would "cease"? Does this mean there is a possibility of wally not actually being dead?
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b. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
c. ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Hello again Greg I have more questions for you,
1. Can you give me the details on the peace treaty between the Guardians of the Universe and the Reach?
2. I was wondering what happen to Green Beetle (real name B'arzz O'oomm), did he return to Mars, is he still on Earth, is he even alive?
2. Watch the season finale. It answers this question.
I just watched episode 20 of Young Justice: Endgame. I just want to say that the episode was AMAZING. Truly ended in a way never to be expected.
Which brings up a couple of questions: The series seems to have ended in a very open ending hinting at possible plot points if it continued. 1). Is there any possible way, in the future( does not have to be near future), that the series could continue onto season 3 and onwards?
2). If not, then why end the series the way it has?
I am a huge fan of the team's work on the Young Justice series and want to congratulate and thank you for bring such an engaging, well thought out, and beautifully done adaption of all the characters and universe of the DC comics itself. As a fan, I hope you will be able to continue this wonderful artistic project everyone has worked so hard to make. If not, I wish you the best of luck on your next project and know this will be a series that the audience will fondly remember :>
1. I hope so.
2. Because of the answer above. And because LIFE is open-ended.
1. What made you decide to kill Wally off?
2. Did you have any other ideas for the YJ invasion season finale?
1. Asked and answered.
2. In what sense?
Please Mr. Greg, I know that you're a very busy man and I am in love with you guy's work, especially Young Justice Series. Ever since the very first episode I have been in amazement by how good the series is. It really brought back how much eveyone truly loved all DC Heroes. I was extremely happy about the whole focus on the sidekicks,who proved to be much more than that. Now I have seen the finale now, and I hope this wont get my question deleted or anything, but I was wondering what was now next for you guys,since the unpredictable and sad ending to such a great series?
I'm currently working on STAR WARS REBELS and on the second novel in my RAIN OF THE GHOSTS series: SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM.
In an interview you said that two of the members of the team that joined and left during the 5 year gap were Sergeant Marvel and Lieutenant Marvel. Can you pin sown any more information on these two characters especially Sergeant.
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I just... WHAT WAS YOUR GOAL?!?!
I don't really understand the question.
Ok, Greg. Obviously, Young Justice fans got their hearts completely broken by today's season/series finale. With the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter... If Young Justice were to get one, would you pitch in? Honestly. As you said, clearly they CAN work.
It's a huge IF. But I'd do everything I could to help - EXCEPT donate my services.
I know you wrote about not wanting to divulge season 3 storylines, so I know you can't/won't answer if you planned to have Wally come back somehow, but hopefully you find this too small.
You always said that you planned another timeskip between seasons 2 and 3. How long would it have been from the end of "Endgame" to the beginning of 301?
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I just have some random questions after the finale aha
I'm sorry if they count as spoilers
1) During "Summit" was Zatanna aware of the whole Artemis fake death thing?
2) If so, did she become aware of the purpose of her Glamour Charm?
3) Does Zachary Zatara exist in Earth- 16?
4) Not really a question, but thank you so much for Young Justice and the adventures of Earth-16, the animation was beautiful, the writing was beautiful, and the show itself is beautiful. I look forward to the day we can finally get a season three, until then, thank you and your crew for this amazing show.
1. "During"? Not sure. Probably.
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4. You're very welcome!
So I just watched the "Endgame" and I was completely shocked to see a certain person die in the end. Did you plan this persons death from the beginning or what? Also will that person be revived later to come?
1. Depends what you mean by "the beginning."
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Now that the finale has aired could you tell who has the designations 27, 28, A06-09? And B26 is Virgil right?
Loved the finale, loved the series. I don't think I'll be functional for a few weeks. And how the Team descended on the League, was beautiful.
B-26 is Static. The others are SPOILER REQUESTS. NO COMMENT.
In Endgame, the resolution to the Wally West storyline and whether he would continue with active heroing afterward was answered. I'm a huge Wally fan and in my mind he is Flash and I understand that you all are doing a seperate story, which I have loved btw.
However my question is this: Did you all make the decision apart from DC in the sense that you all felt it was necessary to write Wally out of the story? I ask because DC in recent years has all but abandoned Wally, and I wonder if that played any part in his character development to 'retire' or if you all just saw that as a natural evolution of the character you were writing. I love him in season 1 but have missed him in season 2 but nonetheless I loved the show and hate to see it end. thank you for the hard work you all put in it is appreciated.
Your question was ASKED AND ANSWERED: http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=1048
Your praise is much appreciated. Thank you.
Did Wally really die or did he just run to some other dimension
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I just finished watching "Endgame" and, as expected, it was golden. It's too bad Cartoon Network/DC didn't request more episodes so that concepts such as Tim/Cassie or Static or the whole...you know...Darkseid-Light plot.
Anyway, I was wondering. Obviously you had plans for a third season, but can DC allow you to at least release your plans for the show?
If not, I wish you good luck in whatever projects you do next. I hear you're writing novels soon. At least you can write whatever you want in them, from Shakespearean references to Xanatosian plots, and they won't be cancelled by higher powers.
As always, I have hopes of revisiting these characters someday, so no one is preventing me from releasing my plans but me.
I'm very hopeful about the novels. The first two will definitely be published, but whether we see the third book in the RAIN OF THE GHOSTS series will totally depend on sales of the first two.
Which, at least, is a pretty straight-forward uncomplicated criteria.
I can't help but ask, what was behind your decision to kill Wally, as opposed to say, having Barry slow down and sacrifice himself for him?
Was Marie Logan artificially inseminated?if not I'm guessing Gary's parents split up with the obvious homosexuality which consumes marie.
Sorry for the big words. I'm trying to do better in English class
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Today marks the Nineteenth Anniversary of the World Premiere of Gargoyles at the movie theaters on Pleasure Island at DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida. Certainly one of the most stressful evenings of my life, one that seemed to veer toward total disaster but ultimately turned out to be a bit of a triumph and then a flat-out fun time with Keith David, Josh Silver, Salli Richardson and Marina Sirtis.
Wanna hear more of this story? Then make plans now to attend ConVergence 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 3-6, 2014 to celebrate our TWENTIETH Anniversary next year. I'll tell this anecdote and many, many more... (Honestly, you won't be able to shut me up!)
On an unrelated note, I'd also like to thank all the friends, family and fans, who took time out to wish me a happy FIFTIETH Anniversary of my birth. (Otherwise known as my birthday.) It was so wonderful. Thanks!!
So I'll be a guest at ANIME VEGAS this November 1-3rd:
Programming isn't set yet, so I'll keep you posted on my schedule, but if you're in the vicinity, plan to be there. As you all know, I'm not big on SPOILERS, but I'm way more likely to tease a few things in person than I am on either Twitter or here. So come and be (slightly) better informed!!!
RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, BOOK TWO COUNTDOWN, Chapter Forty-Three:
And here's another of my shameless attempts to maintain buzz about my new novel, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, due out in stores and on-line on December 3rd, 2013 (but available for pre-order NOW on Amazon, etc.):
Since there's not too much to report about the first book right now, I'm counting down my progress writing the SECOND book in the Rain series, SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, which is due out on May 13th, 2014 and can also be pre-ordered:
Last night, I finished writing Chapter Forty-Three. This one combines two chapters (43 and 44 - or from the original plan 38 and 39). Things are starting to wrap up. But I still wouldn't say I'm in the home stretch yet. One last really tough chapter to get through...
I'll start on Chapter Forty-Four tonight.
Well done Mr.Weisman
GREG!!! YOU OUT DID YOURSELF WITH YOUR SEASON FINALE FOR INVASION!!! But Seriously, WALLY? Why him? And the way you ended things off this season, Apokolips, Darkseid, I mean, there's no way that you guys can pull the plug on this show now you realize that right? Fans will petition and write and demand for more YJ, especially now that Darkseid has been shown to be in the picture. Cause if Vandal is looking for payback then bringing down Darkseid on the Earth is sure as heck the best way I can think of.
Please tell us there will be more!!! I don't care if I have to wait till next year to watch more, please tell me that there's still more to come!!!!
Well, there's Young Justice Legacy still to come. And the best way to get more YJ is to support that.
But I'm glad that the first post here at ASK GREG about "Endgame" was a positive one. That's a relief. (Or perhaps, merely a small mercy. Either way, I'll take it.)
First, thank-you for doing this. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions and respond to comments. I realize that it must try your patience. Many of the posters have clearly not read the rules, and many of the questions are blatant spoiler requests or have already been answered. And, as much as I hate to admit it, I may have broken the rules a few times myself.
I'm currently writing a fantasy novel for girls. I'd like to ask about the following:
1) I notice that you refer to using a board and cards. In your experience, is it better to do an outline before you start writing a novel whether it is on paper or on index cards? Some writers and writing teachers talk about finding the story as you go along. One writing teacher of mine said that he wouldn't bother writing a story if he knew how it was going to end ahead of time. (Personally, I find having an outline gives me great peace of mind, and if a better idea comes to me as I'm writing, I just change the outline.) What are your thoughts on this?
2) Another of my writing teachers recommended writing out a thirty page biography of your main character to give him or her more depth. Does this strike you as a useful exercise?
1. To each his or her own, but personally, I couldn't write anything of any length without outlining it in advance. Doesn't mean I stick to it rigidly. If better ideas come or the story wants to move in a different direction, so be it. But I need a base. I once tried writing a comic book script without outlining it in advance, and it was way more work for me, then if I had. And a comic is about the equivalent of a third of a television episode.
2. It could be. I don't know about giving a specific page count for that sort of thing. I tend to write bullet points. Things I've established, things I want to establish, etc. It's as long as it needs to be, as opposed to being a set thirty pages of prose. But again, to each his or her own.
In the episode, "Satisfaction", if Aqualad did not go under cover, would he have remembered Superboys's birthday? I am assuming that Superman knows, for me to feel better for Superboy, but it would be nice if you can tell me that,too.
I assume if Artemis hadn't died, many people would have been more focused on Superboy's birthday.
It has been quite some time since I've reviewed anything regarding Young Justice but that in no way should reflect on my enthusiasm for the Team and all-things-Earth-16. YJ's two seasons these past two-plus years have been an incredibly fun ride and I look forward to the upcoming finale . . . but with the finale coming very soon and the tie-in comic now at an end, now seemed like a good a time as any to ramble a few words on a comic I'll miss picking up every month!
I might ultimately regret not reviewing issues #1-#19 first (I did manage to review #0 "Stopover" in a timely manner), but I am still riding a Players-high d:
"Wheelbarrow, Shoe, Thimble"
(I'm already on a tangent, but this felt like the more appropriate place to mention that when Hasbro was doing its Monopoly New Token promotion with the gimmick that a classic token would be "thrown into jail" permanently, I did in fact vote for the Thimble, lol)
Well the story starts on December 1st in Team Year Zero (taking place between season one's episodes of "Agendas" and "Insecurity") which just happens to be Dick Grayson's birthday. Zatanna wishing Robin a happy birthday was a fun scene especially when Robin wonders how Z could have possibly known only for Wally to pop in the last panel to take the credit, hehe.
A simple turn of the page later and its Team Year Five, with Dick being wished a happy birthday by Wally and Artemis across the country (I laughed when Artemis put two and two together on who was the other person in Dick's apartment). They're not the only two with birthday wishes - we soon see newly-inducted Justice Leaguers Zatanna and Rocket kiss the original Boy Wonder at the Cave.
Soon enough the Team's divided into two Squads, with Superboy, Miss M, Bumblebee, L'Gann, Beast Boy, and the Bio-Ship in Metropolis keeping an eye on Noor Harjavti of Qurac with Nightwing, Wondergirl, and Sphere heading to El Paso to recruit the newest member of the Team (oh, nice stage-setting on the first page with the Computer showing a map of Texas).
Having seen the episode "Earthlings," it was a treat to see Garfield's story about Superboy and Miss M's return trip to Qurac be told, not to mention it also gives us a nice compare/contrast of Superman's warming relationship with Superboy over the years. Oh, and Marie introducing Miss M as her daughter to Clark and Jimmy was truly touching.
Nightwing's comment on how even with the ability to fly, Jaime still winds up late to school reminded me of a similar quip of Spidey in TSS-M's ep "Interactions." Speaking of school, it looks like Rio Grande High is in full winter musical mode with "The Pajama Game" (I imagine I'd appreciate the reference when I actually do get around to seeing it!).
Part One ends with a mysterious First Leader retrieving assets (Superboy, Superman, and Devastation at the least) before the Collector of Worlds proceeds perfectly living up to YJ's INVASION subtitle!
Oh, and I'm no expert on comics, but the word Geosynchronous does not get used enough!
"Directly to Jail"
In Team Year Five, a quick Justice League and Team conferencing make it clear that the best lead to those missing is the notable Zeta radiations coming off the Moon, and with all three Green Lanterns and Both Hawks off-world, Nightwing reassigns Miss M, L'Gann, and the Bio Ship to Gamma Squad and gives them a field-trip to the Moon.
I loved both Jaime's line, "Did he just send someone to the MOON?!" as well as the echoes of Miss M telling Garfield she'll see him soon (Gar's clearly feeling those echoes too). Wondergirl pouting about not being abducted with Superboy, Superman, and Wonder Woman was also hilarious.
Take my slight double-take that there's an area of/near Metropolis known as Suicide Slum as proof that I am still learning the basics of the DC mythos.
Gotta love the new kid for letting everyone know they're flying towards Moscow to get to Rome only to be enlightened that the shortest distance between two points isn't necessarily a straight line.
The two Captains working their way around the Orbs was fun, always a treat to see Cameron Scott and a visibly older Billy Batson. It was also a nice reveal that Captain Atom has frequently torpedoed any votes to invite Major Force to the Justice League.
"Landing on Boardwalk"
Always fun to see Artemis and Dick outside the Cave, especially when Artemis still doesn't know who Dick is . . . really makes me wonder if/when they'll laugh about that picture from "Homefront."
Meanwhile in Taos, Blue Beetle is given an Authorized Guest designation, and we clear things up that Sphere and (presumably) Wolf both have C-series designations.
And in the subject of clearing things up, our abducted heroes have finally realized they're on the Moon. Despite so many unknowns for the two Captains, two Supers, and Wonder Woman (that will ultimately lead to some more bad news), you gotta admit that's still an incredible view!
This issue also treats us to some early Miss M and Lagoon Boy interactions on their way to the Moon. Thought it was funny for Miss M to say that its taking too long to get there by Martian Bio-Ship when I can't help but know that the ol' girl is MUCH faster than NASA's six-day round-trip Lunar Modules from the Apollo program days. Miss M's point, however, still stands -- especially since Gamma Squad spots Kylstar's ship (a convertible no less, as pointed out by Captain Marvel) launching from the Lunar surface and potentially falling behind permanently.
Nightwing, Wondergirl, Sphere, and Blue Beetle finally make their way to the edge of Metropolis and we're soon treated to perhaps my favorite funny moment in the whole Players arc - Nightwing's simple "Don't overthink it" in response to everyone's puzzlement on how to communicate to each other through the force-field.
Other fun moments in the issue included Lex Luthor learning that, thanks to the force field, Match managed to break out of his pod (man, he really let himself go since we last saw him, huh?) and Bumblebee and Garfield - still keeping an eye on Noor Harjavti - finding refuge at Bibbos's Diner. It can't be a coincidence Greg that I tend to crave slices of Banana Cream Pie whenever I'm watching or reading one of your series, lol.
"Do Not Pass Go"
I do think I need to re-watch some episodes again, but I'll take Miss M's word that Connor had a relatively Spartan bedroom, especially in Team Year Zero. This scene with Superman is also awesome just because it gives us another glimpse behind what the Big Boy Scout's been feeling, and how he's naturally progressed in warming up to Superboy. Also totally fitting that this moment comes not long after Superboy's Thanksgiving trip to Cadmus where he became all too familiar with Match, Lex Luthor, and those addictive Shields.
We get an update from Red Tornado who clearly has all his Index Cards in order ;) It also gives us a chance to see the Dynamic Duo thing that Tim was referring to in Chapter One. Though they're clearly on the field in Gotham City, I have no idea where they're at considering all those atypical things littering that apartment complex.
Plastic Man and Batgirl's Instant-Messaging was hilarious - doesn't last long though, Match crashes on the fun - though the Triple-Super Panel still had me smiling.
Speaking of panels and layouts, I gotta say I'm still impressed how my eyes jump naturally from Superboy's speech bubble of "That Does It-" to Superman holding him back. Just one of many little moments that make this comic so, well, animated.
Miss M let's L'Gann see her true physical form as well as a new Atlantean form of hers . . . wonder if this is the inspiration for L'Gann's Angelfish pet-name?
Oh, I've been neglecting all the action on Kylstar's Vessel! The back and forth between the First Leader (through Orb's translations) and his abductees is great, but I'm particularly fascinated with Kylstar's, erm, biology - or are petrology, geology better terms? The guy not only communicates and seems to handle his vessel by glowing various colors, but he can also reflect Captain Atom and Superman's attacks back on to them with ease.
As for the Collector, it's not long before Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Atom are jettisoned right above the city (I originally remembered thinking to myself, "wonder how hard a landing that's going to be?")
"Milburn, Edgar and Jake"
I'll admit these Monopoly-themed titles are starting to get the best of me, lol.
Anyways, yep, landing on that force field sure did hurt for Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Atom. Ouch. And right below them, Metropolis is starting to lose it, what with the looting and mass hysteria, but Black Lightning and Jim Harper are doing their best to calm everyone down.
Hidden in the Glamour, Blue Beetle learns from Zatanna that the Team he's still mulling over joining typically does covert missions. Blue also learns that not only was Zatanna a member of the Team in the days when Nightwing was the original Robin, but that Zatara (a hero Jaime does remember) is both her father and "retired." But not long after Nightwing realizes the ship isn't filled with elaborate dioramas, Alpha Squad's Glamour gets drained and the Collector ambushes them.
While Plastic Man sees the quarantined city steadily shrinking right before his eyes, he's also stuck unable to get help for Batgirl as she goes one on one against Match. Smart thinking to realize even a cloned Kryptonian has got to breathe at some point.
Kylstar's finally checked as his captives get into the teamwork-groove . . . I chuckled when they called out the "West Maneuver" - but you gotta give some credit to Kylstar's Orbs too . . .they swoop in and a little coordinated effort of their own takes out both Captain Atom and Captain Marvel.
And in the flashback to Team Year Zero, Deadshot pulls out the big guns against President Harjavti prompting Superman to get in the line of fire, and Superboy and Miss Martian left to catch the assassin. Its quick but I did like Superboy looking up at Superman, adding another motivation to pull out those Shields.
The last chapter and Dick's birthday couldn't get more intense, both in Team Years Zero *and* Five.
In Team Year Five, Miss Martian's arrival gives the others on Kylstar's Vessel a chance while Sphere and Jaime (listening to the Scarab's recommendation) gets the coludroid's attention. Now knowing the Scarab's Reach origins in the show, I gotta admit the Collector's got a point - it had to be weird to see Blue Beetle defending Earth.
Bumblee's reaction was hilarious, especially after all the hard work both her and Beast Boy went through in figuring out how to disable the force field. Gotta kick out of Plastic Man's enthusiasm once the force field went down, only to peter out when learning that he's now stuck there until the city's enlarged to its full size (lucky for him he's adjustable, hehehe).
Really loved the fact that we got to see Superman and Superboy together at least one other time before New Year's Eve in Team Year Zero, and it gave Superman a chance to witness Superboy's actions as he slowly gets more and more hooked to Lex's Shields. Their interactions really helps drive the need that Superboy does need Superman in his life . . . and with Superman having finally met Connor (and not just his "Super Clone"), there's enough now to motivate the Big Guy to take his first step as a real mentor for Superboy.
In the end, what sums up the whole arc beautifully, not only for its last six issues but also for the entire second season that follows it, is the fact that the Collector could also be called the Herald of Worlds . . . dedicating to collecting cities from *doomed worlds.* The series ends with Superman only focusing on a lost opportunity to look into anything surviving from Krypton, but readers know that the Brain of Colu was just the appetizer of many bad days to come.
Second to lastly - Queen Bee and Marie Logan. I had to put the book down briefly after seeing what happened - and now knowing the date when Queen Bee takes her revenge out on Marie, I can't help but muse the thought of a hypothetical episode taking place in the first half of Team Year One. This scene alone would have made for one depressing season premiere.
"Okay. Wow. Just. Wow." Birthday kisses from Zatanna and Barbara on the same day in Team Year Zero, huh? Guess Dick's been a "dog" - juggling relationships and notably ending them all amicably (*his* superpower, lol) - since he was fourteen!
You rambled last year that you had other stories planned for the comic series, specifically a "Green Arrow, Black Canary, Artemis, Red Arrow story (set after episode 114)" and a "Marvel family story." Now I have no idea who gets to decide the schedule or how one thing may or not affect the other, but in hindsight, perhaps it was better that the show had its share of breaks . . . otherwise (considering how soon the comic ended to the show's run) I'm not sure we would have had the chance to enjoy some of the last few stories we *did* have the luxury of having.
Ultimately, consider me incredibly thankful for it all (major kudos to everyone behind the show and comic's run) and I do look forward to what's to come (which will no doubt include your upcoming set of novels for "Rain of the Ghosts").
Never the end.
That's just what we do.
Tell me there's something better. Go ahead, try.
Sleep well :)
Thanks! That was a fun trip down memory lane for me. And very gratifying that you enjoyed it so much!!
1) What was the in-universe reason for Donna Troy and Mary Bromfield not being at the bridal shower in "Satisfaction"? As in, what reasons did they give for not being able to attend?
2) With "Endgame" airing tomorrow, I thought it fair to ask: who were the six or seven major characters you wanted to include in season 2 but didn't have enough room for? (Were Troia, Red Hood and the Marvels four of them?)
3) When Troia was on the Team, did she have a lasso like Wonder Woman and Cassie?
4) Is Troia stronger than Superboy or Cassie Sandsmark on Earth-16?
1. Haven't thought about it.
2. Yes to Troia and the Marvels. No to Red Hood. The rest, I'm not saying.
4. Superboy, no. Cassie, they're probably comparable.
Can Beast Boy change into female animals? Say for example a male and female lion, would he only be able to change into a male lion and not a female lion?
Can shapeshifters change their sex/genders?
Can clayface mimic the material of clothing such as cotton, silk, wool, leather etc.
How did m'gann learn to fight like deathstroke as she is shown using her psychic powers in battles and some of her shapeshifting? Did she like transfer deathstroke's knowledge on fighting?
1. Some can; some can't. It's clearly more challenging for someone like M'gann. But with practice, she managed it.
2. He can mimic the APPEARANCE of those things, but not their actual texture.
3. She was using her training from Black Canary.
3a. No, there's no knowledge transfer.
Thank you for filling in some of the missing designations. It's really interesting to see Troia, Tempest, Aquagirl, and the Marvels included.
My question is: Why call the young Marvel Family representatives Lieutenant and Sergeant Marvel? They're logical choices for names, but I wonder what your specific reason was for picking them over Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr.
It's story driven to a large extent.
Hi! Love your show. It's great to see Dick and Barbara love each other, I'm a big fan of them as a couple. I'd like to know if Dick has told Barbara the truth about Artemis "death" and Aqualad's undercover mission? Thanks for creating the show:)
Not initially. Of course, she knows by "Summit".
RAIN OF THE GHOSTS BOOK TWO: SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM
So I revealed this at MechaCon and was positive that it would be all over the web in no time.
NOPE. But time passes, and all stands revealed. Well, maybe not ALL, but something.
Yes, the title and release date of the SECOND book in the RAIN OF THE GHOSTS series is confirmed:
SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM
I'm fond of the title. I think it sounds pretty cool. I hope readers do too. The book is scheduled to be released on May 13, 2014, which is also my wife's birthday. So if it sells well, it's a great present for her too. And she needs it, given all she's put up with over the years. ;)
You can pre-order it here:
And, of course, you can pre-order the FIRST book in the series, i.e. RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, here:
The first book is still scheduled for release on December 3, 2013 - which is fast approaching. Reserve your copy now.
And, as always, find out all there is to know about Rain here:
More updates to come!!!
RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, BOOK TWO COUNTDOWN, Chapter Forty-Two:
And here's another of my shameless attempts to maintain buzz about my new novel, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, due out in stores and on-line on December 3rd, 2013 (but available for pre-order NOW on Amazon, etc.):
Since there's not too much to report about the first book right now, I'm counting down my progress writing the SECOND book in the Rain series, which should come out sometime in 2014.
I just finished writing Chapter Forty-Two. It's very short and sweet. (Like this post.)
I'll start on Chapter Forty-Three soon.
Does Kate Kane exist in the Young Justice universe?
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With the 5th anniversary of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" series I thought I'd ask another question especially since it's been about 4 years since I last asked one. Even now it's not possible to buy a disc copy of season 2 in the UK.
1. Is there anyone or group that fans could lobby in regard to having the series released properly e.g. a complete boxset or even better an HD release?
2. Similarly is there anyone or group fans could lobby in regard to releasing some of the behind-the-scenes footage that was recorded? I noted while reading some of your responses that they had asked you guys to record things but it was never used and it would be a shame for this to never see the light of day.
I hope you're keeping well. I loved the Young Justice series and was sorry to see that one stop too!
1. I don't know.
Sorry. The folks I worked for at Sony aren't even there anymore. I wouldn't know who to contact.
In "The Hunt", Miss Martian said that Green Beetle was able to fool her because she was afraid to probe deeper. Did Green have some reason to believe this would be the case before he ingratiated himself with the Team in "True Colors"? Since it would be logical for him to expect them to have Miss Martian scan him telepathically at some point, and if he couldn't fool her then the jig would be up immediately.
Green Beetle knew what had happened to Aqualad in episode 210 and was prepared to exploit it.
Also i would like to ask one thing: if you were allowed to pledge for a kickstarter for the gargoyles 3d movie, would you have the orginal voice actors reprising their roles? I love keith david's voice as well as David Warner who played the archmage and jonathan frakes as xanatos.
p.s do you keep in contact with the gargoyles crews and voice actors and other actors you worked with on other shows?
1. Kickstarter aside, if I had another chance to do Gargoyles, I would of course go back to the original cast whenever possible.
2. I'm in contact with many people from the Gargoyles cast and crew. Thom Adcox, for example, is one of my best friends. Same for other series, as well.
Hi Greg! I hope you know how much we appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions. Anyway, I love Young Justice and will be devastated to see it going off the air as of tomorrow. I was wondering however, if you or Brandon or any of the other writers have given a thought to continuing the story of our favorite characters in Earth-16 through novel format? I know you would probably have to go through the proper channels to even get approval for something like that, but I know myself and most of the fandom would love to get our hands on anything YJ once the show ends, especially in a written format. Would you be even interested in doing something like this or are you more intent on saving any and all material for possible future projects? It's just a thought. Thanks for giving us this great show!
I'd love to, especially now that I'm a novelist. <cough cough> Rain of the Ghosts available for pre-order now <cough cough> But it's not up to me and neither DC nor WB seems all that interested in pursuing the property right now.
The best bet for getting more new material - assuming you already have the DVDs, Comics or Trades and Soundtrack - is to purchase Young Justice Legacy when it comes out.
I have more questions, hehe
1. Did Donna Troy called herself Troia when she joined the Team or did she had other codename before? Let's say Wonder Girl?
2. Most of The Light's members seems to be people that have idealist beliefs so I find it interesting how Black Manta became a choice for The Light's membership, what were The Light's motives to offer him a place in their society?
3. How many villains are aware of The Light's activities? If there are, even tough they may not know The Light's motivation or plans, Are there some villians that may actually rivalize or oppose them over the fact that the may monopolize villians for some criminal activities? We've seen that The Light in fact doesn't tolerate this kind of activities when Sportsmaster attacked Intergang
4. I've seen that in some of your answers you don't seem to know too much about some modern comics, I remember that in the early stages of developement you choosed the lead characthers over around 100, some were elected based on how much screen time they had before, how they fit with the story, how they can contribute to the story, etc. I even have vague memories about some early concept art of Mary Marvel.
Did you needed to read some issues in which some of those recent characters appear to help you decide which ones will be elected or you just researched the ones that you think would be good for the show?
5. I remember that when The Batman was on air, they introduced Batgirl first in the show just because they couldn't use Robin because he was on Teen Titans, so when Teen Titans ended they in fact introduced him in the next season. There have been some cases like the fact that Superboy couldn't be named Superboy in Legion of Superheroes because Smallville was on air so they renamed Superman
With Teen Titans Go! on air now, if Young Justice were to be renewed for another season that would mean that we would have said good-bye to screentime for Nightwing, Beast Boy or Robin? or we would have never seen Starfire, Raven or Cyborg? Or Nightwing would be safe as he is counted as a different character of Robin? Would Tim Drake be safe as he is not Dick Grayson Robin or he would need to change to Red Robin?
2. His competence and their need for his specific skills and tech mostly. But Manta believes his motives are pure.
3. A number are vaguely aware. Only a few really know who's in the inner circle, let alone understand their true intent. I could see certain villains opposing them. Joker, for one, who was not initially aware that he was being used by them when he was part of the Injustice League.
4. Clip art of Mary, not concept art. We never got around to designing her, even in a rough stage. And, yes, I read a number of recent comics to get up to speed. But it's not a comprehensive education by any means.
5. I don't know for sure what happened in the past, but I think your claims in the question aren't quite accurate. I don't think Superboy in LSH being called Superman had anything to do with Smallville. I think that was about legal issues DC had with the estates of Superman's creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. And I'm not even sure if the real reason Batgirl came before Robin in The Batman had anything to do with Teen Titans either. Maybe, but I'd guess otherwise. In any case, vis-a-vis YJ and TTG, I don't think there's any issue with two such different versions being on the air simultaneously. But the situation changes all the time, so who knows?
Hi Mr. Weisman, I would be glad if you answer some of this questions
1. How did the Kroloteans and The Reach knew about the meta-gene? I ask this because none of the members of the Justice League that attacked Rimbor had meta-genes
2. Are Batgirl and Wondergirl public heroes? In "Happy New Year" Gordon Godfrey shows footage of Lobo ripping the false body to reveal a krolotean, he even mentioned that it has been played a lot of times before, did the video was edited to not show them? if that's the case why?
3. Who's a public hero and Who isn't?
4. About the Team, I know you've said that the team doesn't need a fancy name, but I find it difficult to believe that some eager members like Beast Boy or Kid Flash that even named the Super-Cycle didn't come up with a name for them, did some ever come up with or suggested a name for the team or they just let Superboy decide how to refer to themselves?
5. Face recognition technology used for uncovered Sportmaster and Cheshire would recognize Clark Kent as Superman or any other uncovered hero?
Well thanks for your attention, I hope you can answer some of them. Young Justice brought me a lot of hours of fun and it has become my favorite animated series, Thank you
1. There was some trickery involved, thanks to the Light.
2. That's a fair question, that believe it or not, I hadn't considered before. Hmmm. It's to the Light's advantage NOT to reveal Wonder Girl or Batgirl, so the first thing I wonder about is whether or not they controlled access to the footage. Obviously, they HAD access to the footage, but that's not the same as controlling it. Well, I will say I had never considered either teen as public heroes in the way that, say Robin or Kid Flash was in Season One. Honestly, I'll have to think about this a little.
3. ALL of the League's heroes are public, but VERY few of the Team's heroes are public. During Season One, the public teen heroes were Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Speedy/Red Arrow and Rocket. As of Season Two, the Team members who are definitely public were Robin (but not Nightwing) and Blue Beetle. That doesn't mean none of the others were ever seen in public, but if they were, they were more of a mystery to witnesses.
4. Sounds about right.
5. I think so.
I JUST FOUND OUT YOU ARE COMING TO THE COMIC CONVENTION IN MY AREA!
You cannot imagine how excited I was to find out one of the producers of my favorite show was going to be at Denvercon. As we speak I'm trying to get a group together to cosplay some DC characters.
But if you happen to spy a Young Justice character running around with a couple of X-men, well, I tried my best.
Thank you for continuing to reach out to the fan base and generally be awesome!
You're welcome. I had a great time again this year at Denver ComicCon. (My second year.) And I'm pleased to say I've been invited back for a third year in 2014. It's one of my favorite conventions.
Anyway, did we meet?
Were Tempest and Lagoon Boy on good terms before Garth left the Team? Did they get along?
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