When Cartoon Network decided not to pick up Young Justice for a third season, a small part of me died. The animated-action series ended with the loss of teammates, new enemies and a bold look towards the future.
Given time to breath, Young Justice was primed to be one of the best action cartoons of all time. It may have even rivaled Justice League Unlimited. If you’ve ever watched, Justice League Unlimited (and shame on you if you haven’t), then you know what I’m talking about. The second season of Young Justice was a clinic on great story telling, superb voice acting and smart direction. The twists with The Light, The Reach and internal squabbles amongst the Team made it a truly epic drama.
Sadly, there was no future for Young Justice. Wally West’s disappearance into the speed force was a sacrifice that would never come to fruition. Aqualad had just come back into his leadership role in order to meet cancellation.
Thankfully, there are still Young Justice tales to be told – even if it isn’t on TV. Series creators Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti have left a horcrux around of sorts, which gives Young Justice fans one final tale. No, they didn’t put their spirit inside a diary like Tom Riddle, aka Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis Lord Voldemort, did. But rather, they created a story that bridges the five-year gap between the first and second seasons of Young Justice. And, they put it inside of a video game.
Young Justice: Legacy, from Little Orbit, can be considered the last mission of The Team before Aqualad separates from the group and relinquishes his leadership to Nightwing. It features the voices of all of the actors from the animated series, right down to Star Trek into Darkness star, Bruce Greenwood, as Batman. So you can look forward to Kid Flash’s quips as he fights with Artemis by his side.
The game is delivered in a modified top-down view. You assemble a team of three characters out of a 12-character roster. Core characters like Nightwing, Aqualad, Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Superboy are all available. Aqualad is also in his classic, Aquaman style costume, pre-Black Mantis. Each character has the typical litany of punch and kick attacks as well as a special ability. Players can easily switch between members of their party to use the more enjoyable special attacks, like speed punches with Kid Flash or Nightwing’s modified batarangs – the wing-dings. Missions typically involve battling waves of enemies or freeing hostages.
There are also four other characters that will be made available as DLC. Yes, DLC… please feel free to start growling in angst now. Hopefully, it’s not Lagoon Boy. I mean, seriously, who would pay for Lagoon Boy. He’s the guy who stole Superboy’s girl, remember?! I’m guessing one of the DLC characters will be Roy Harper, aka Red Arrow, or Blue Beetle.
When I chatted with the folks at Little Orbit, they were still hopeful that another network would pick up the series. Sadly, I believe this will be the final chapter of Young Justice‘s legacy. The good and the great always die young.
Young Justice: Legacy will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.