(Spoilers for Young Justice.)
I’m a professed Marvelite. When the question “DC or Marvel” comes up, my allegiance is always with Marvel. But in spite of that, there is one DC show that claims a special part of my heart. Six young heroes—Aqualad, Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis—the sidekicks of the heroes of the Justice League, come together to form a team of their own, to do the missions the adult heroes can’t, in secret and in plain sight. Their adventures, missions, trials and triumphs are Young Justice, and here are five reasons to experience them for yourself.
1. The characters are nuanced and well-written.
Sue me, Superman fans.
2. The villains are fresh and less clichéd than usual.
Let’s face it—in superhero animated shows like Young Justice, the villains are usually all about beating the heroes and “taking over the world” and causing as much mayhem and chaos as possible with no better motives or reasons. The main villains of Young Justice are a shadowy and villainous circle of figures who call themselves “the Light”. They and their compatriots do cause a lot of chaos and mayhem, but usually they do have believable and plausible reasons for doing so. One of their number—Klarion the Witch Boy, a Lord of Chaos who seems to be pretty much a spirit of evil magic—orchestrates a powerful spell that splits the world into two dimensions: one for the children and one for the adults. The heroes defeat him—at a price—but it’s revealed that Klarion’s magical display was no more than a smoke screen—a diversion so the Light could steal an object vital to their plans. When villains actually start finding direction and traction with their plans…things start to get a little scary, don’t they?
3. The problems, the struggles, the obstacles are real.
4. The fresh, exciting storylines.
5. The equal racial and gender representation.
(Whoops, sorry, wrong fandom :P )
I call myself a Marvel girl not because I hate DC. I don’t hate DC. It’s because more times than not, DC has disappointed me. But there’s been times that DC has come through, and Young Justice is one of those times. These are the stories of young heroes stepping out of their mentors’ shadows, finding their own place in the world, rising up to meet challenges both too big and too small for their Justice League counterparts. And even though the show was cancelled in 2013, since then it has found new life on Netflix, and there have even been rumours that Netflix will pick it up for a Season 3. So go. Watch. Experience Young Justice for yourself. And who knows? f you love it as so many others do and enough of us are watching it, we just might get that Season 3.
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