Young Justice, Season 1, Volume 2 – Available Now
by Aaron Einhorn
Ever since news was first released at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con about Young Justice, I’ve been a fan of the show. The show took an interesting take on superheroes and their sidekicks, and promised to bring an intelligence and maturity to their tales. With Brandon Vietti at the head, this was somewhat to be expected. We’re now mostly through the first season of the show on-air, and with that in mind, Warner Brothers has begun releasing episodes to DVD. Here, we get our hands on Young Justice, Season 1 Volume 2.
In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over – to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice – Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis – will find out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. Based upon characters from DC Comics.
Young Justice, Season 1 Volume 2 contains four episodes from the show, Schooled, Infiltrator, Denial, Downtime. Having gotten most of the origin of the team out of the way with the first four episodes, these episodes give us the first real in-depth character looks. Schooled pits the team against Amazo, and teaches Superboy the importance of learning more about himself than just how to use his powers. Infiltrator gives us the introduction of Artemis, brings Red Arrow back to the show, and introduces the beginnings of the mystery surrounding Artemis’ existence. Denial is a bit of an odd fish, bringing magic firmly to Young Justice, and also establishing Kid Flash as a skeptic. I understand the attraction, but this has no basis from the character in the comics, and it’s a weird choice to make Kid Flash not believe in magic. That said, the episode is enough fun to make this easily overlooked. Finally, Downtime gives us the team in the aftermath of a mission and takes Aqualad back to Atlantis, and introduces us to Tula and Garth – the original Aqualad from the comics.
As four episodes, they’re a great deal of fun.
There aren’t any, there are four episodes. Period.
I really enjoy Young Justice as a show, and while the series doesn’t really pick up until after these four episodes, they remain a great deal of fun to watch. The problem is that the fun of watching them doesn’t justify this DVD purchase. No doubt, when the first season is complete, we’ll get a Young Justice Season One boxed set, in HD, with nice bonus features. And at that point, it’ll be worth buying. But buying four episodes on a single standard-definition DVD wasn’t appealing in the early part of this century, and with the multitude of streaming options, HD and Blu-Ray options and the like, it is even less appealing now.
In terms of content, you can’t go wrong with Young Justice, Season 1 Volume 2. But only the most dedicated fan needs to buy this DVD as opposed to waiting for the collected first season set.