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Ozaline writes...

Hi Greg, I want to start off by saying I am a long time fan of your work, I enjoyed Gargoyoles (both the comic and the TV show) emmensly, and I love your other work as well. I am working at becoming a published writer as well as getting into the comic industry and you are one of those I'd list among inspirations. So please understand that the following critcisms are not a personal attack.

Someone pointed me to this site after I had started discussion about the lack of female presence in Young Justice's pilot, and I did see your earlier response about not being able to work in the female Leagures for speaking roles, and your reasons for holding Ms Martian back to the end of the episode.

You cite that Donna wasn't a member of the Titans until their second outing (or even a real proper character because originally Wondergirl was just a young Wonder Woman who ended up fighting alongside herself), and of course Cassie wasn't introduced to Young Justice till issue 4, but would it have been impossible to work Cassie or Donna into the series as a sidekick for Wonder Woman so there was some female presence. I'm not quite sure why there isn't going to be a Wonder Girl sidekick on the team since that's always been a staple of the young hero group? I thought Artemis was going to take that role, until I was told that Artemis in Young Justice isn't the Amazon.

Ms. Martian being the immediate target for flirtation was rather irksome; I hope that she shuts the boys down a bit ala Angela in Gargoyles.

I know you an write women really well, that's why this was a tad disapointing... but I enjoyed it over all, and hope to see more of the girls on the team.

But please consider adding a Wonder Girl to the team in a future season if she doesn't show up in this one.

Greg responds...

I'm not even sure where to start here...

AGAIN... adding another character - male or female - would have simply CROWDED our pilot, doing a disservice to both the additional character and the four leads we DID chose to introduce.

AGAIN... Neither version of Wonder Girl was available to us back when the pilot was written. So that was NOT an option.

Miss Martian is NOT Angela. I'd be a pretty poor writer of female characters, if -- in essence -- I only wrote one type over and over again. (Ironically, the fact that Miss Martian is an "immediate target for flirtation" is probably the one thing she DOES have in common with Angela.)

The fact that Artemis is not an Amazon (and she isn't) seems neither here nor there. Try giving both her and Miss Martian a chance to show you who they are -- without preconceptions.

Response recorded on February 07, 2011