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Marvelman writes...

Hi Greg,

First, I love Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Gargoyles. But I do have one criticism of Young Justice that you may or may not wish to respond to.

I love Young Justice, but if I have one criticism it's that you have turned the Justice League in to a bunch of wimps. In one episode, you have Superman struggling to lift a bus over his head. Dude, Spider-man can lift a bus over his head! Then, in "Alpha Male," you have Captain Marvel who is generally regarded to have powers on par with Superman, walk in to a trap like some chump. It was really undignified for someone considered to be the world's mightiest mortal.

I understand that you are trying to create a sense of jeopardy - that these characters are actually in danger, so you are deliberately limiting their capabilities. And I'm not suggesting you return to the era of the Superman who could push planets around, but I feel that you have gone to far in the other direction.

Like I said, I love the show, and I appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions, but this really bugs me.

Greg responds...

If what we're talking about is power-levels, than I'll freely admit that we've dragged many of the characters back to the power levels that they started with (or closer to that). I think over the years, a lot of characters, including Spider-Man (and I got complaints about this issue on that series too), have grown over-powered as various writers, artists and editors kept piling on to solve temporary story problems. As I've stated in the past, I'm adamantly opposed to POWER INFLATION, and so we dial back.

As for Captain Marvel, I don't think he was a chump, but if you want characters that can anticipate every possible outcome, you've picked the wrong series.

Response recorded on December 29, 2011