The Young Justice series, much like the Justice League (and Justice League Unlimited) animated series before it, offers viewers compelling action mixed in with just the right amount of smart humor from team relationships.
Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets DVD collects the second half of the freshman season – a full fourteen episodes. If you’re breathing a sigh of relief that it’s not another four-episode mini volume – you’re not alone. For more on Warner Bros tainted history with animated series DVD releases, read the following article.
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The first half of the Young Justice series introduced us to variation of The Teen Titans – DC Comics teen superhero force. For comic savants, it followed Earth-16 of DC Comics Multiverse – a relatively untapped continuity stream in the Teen Titans mythos. It dealt mostly with introducing us to the characters, their personalities, and their relationships with their older counterparts.
The stories were intriguing, but the series didn’t really take off until the second half of the season. A real threat emerges, tying the serialized story together and giving the characters a chance to be heroes. Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis become the team’s core roster. Speedy, Green Arrow’s sidekick, had walked away from the team in the Pilot to leave his mentor’s shadow and become Red Arrow. However, his character becomes an instrumental part of the second half of the season.
The second half of the season expands on the secrets within Cadmus, while spreading seeds of dissension within the group. They want to leave the comforts of the Justice League’s shadow, but egos keep them relegated to sidekicks who just can’t seem to gel together. Also the issue with Red Tornado, introduced in episode 12: “Humanity” becomes a key factor in the group’s growth.
The two-disc DVD set builds in intensity from episode to episode. The second half of the season is truly amazing. The adrenaline rush and story arcs easily trump that of first half of the season. By the second DVD in Dangerous Secrets, you’ll be racing through to the end of the set. It’s worth it. Young Justice Season 2, features a grown up cast, with Robin taking on the mantle of Nightwing. The stories are darker, and several small moments from the first season are smartly expanded upon in Season 2.
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