Young Justice (Invasion) [2012] Season 2: 20 Episodes

They Grow Up So Fast

(Or between seasons…)

Young_Justice_wondergirlYoung Justice “Invasion” takes place five years after the end of season one. Our young heroes aren’t so young anymore, and have moved on to be married twenty-somethings, bitter twenty-somethings, or both.

Not a cape amongst this happy group. BTW, one of these heroes does not stand like the others.

Not a cape amongst this happy group. BTW, one of these heroes does not stand like the others.

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The antagonists are still supposed to be this conspiracy of super villains called “The Light,” but the conspiracy is so conspiratorial and so secret, that these guys barely show up to make appearances in their own cartoon. The heroes rarely even encounter them the entire season. The bulk of the bad guy role is played by a slimy invading alien race called The Reach.

Black Manta was not rejected for "The Light" because of his moniker. ANd we like him too much to reject him because this voice depiction was less fun than previous versions.

Black Manta was not rejected from “The Light” because of his moniker. And we won’t reject him despite a voice depiction less fun than previous versions.

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Season two in a sentence: Our young sidekicks have become young-ish semi-heroes who need to protect the earth (while the Justice League is conveniently out-of-the-picture) from invading aliens, a nebulous conspiracy of Earth villains, misunderstandings and betrayal about each other, self-esteem issues, geeked-out hero worship, the destruction of their entire mountain base, the public turning against them, new superpowered kids with attitude, and some awful cola, all while maintaining their monotone delivery and learning the true meaning of love (okay not that last part).

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Although there is some romance with aliens in cool outfits. (Here they are following the Star Trek method of making aliens. Modify the skin tone and add a slight facial difference. Hey, it's cost effective.

Although there is some romance with aliens in cool outfits. (Here they follow the Star Trek method of making aliens. Modify the skin tone and add a slight facial difference. Hey, it’s cost effective.)

The serious monotone of the show got a little old, but it was still appreciated in light of the alternative. (Ben 10 Alien Force and Ultimate Alien were similarly toned. Now we miss that mature take now in light of the completely unappealing Ben 10 Omniverse redesign for 3rd graders. Ultimate Spiderman was made for 4th graders… ugh.) So we’re grateful for a superhero show with a semi-serious, semi-mature demeanor, like Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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The characters featured so prominently in season one were reduced to supporting characters in season two, including most of the original Young Justice team. If you’re a big Blue Beetle fan, you were probably all right with this. A fitting name for season two could have been, ‘Blue Beetle and His Amazing Friends.’ On the bright side, we got to see some second-tier characters of interest, and an interesting take on Warworld.

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Black Beetle, Green Beetle, its the new rage. The Beetles are a hit.

Black Beetle, Green Beetle, its the new rage. The Beetles are a hit.

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Don't you feel special!

Don’t you feel special!

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What about Robin, Zatanna, and Lex Luthor? Three character depictions we pointed out last season as extra enjoyable. The Dick Grayson Robin became Nightwing, and was depicted well enough. Zatanna was almost a no-show, and Lex Luthor was reduced to recruiting teens with attitude, and making contaminated soda pop.

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Okay, Zatanna, Miss Martian, Hawkgirl, look up.

Okay, Zatanna, Miss Martian, Hawkgirl, look up.

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Characters of note this season were Arsenal. He’s a good example of what happens when superhero archer’s give up the bow, and develop attitude. A showdown in the parking lot against Lex Luthor and cyborg bodyguard Mercy was one of the season’s more enjoyable battles. It was also fun to see the revival tour of the ever-living ones continue with “The Immortal Vandal Savage” and constantly resuscitated Rhys al Ghul taking a prominent, intellectual role amongst the bad guys.

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"Am I IN this season?"

“Am I IN this season?”

"More than we are." (Do not fret. DC is considering a new show called "Middle Aged Justice.")

“More than we are.” (Do not fret. DC is considering a new show called “Middle Aged Justice.”)

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We enjoyed the art direction, although we still think there could be more meat on the Justice Leaguers. They are drawn a little slim in our opinion, a look more fitting the junior heroes. Overall, Young Justice is worth watching if you’re looking for a serious superhero show. If you’ve enjoyed comic books and have any reasonable breadth of knowledge in the DC universe, you’ll find the wide and various depictions of interest, and the action fun.

See a Bat-family picnic.

See a Bat-family picnic.

See... Capt. Cold? Really? We can't help it. We like this kooky old school villain. He's like Mysterio that way.

See… Capt. Cold? Really? We can’t help it. We like this kooky old school villain. He’s like Mysterio that way.

And then there was the season three teaser...

And then there was the season three teaser… (Which, considering the cancellation of this series, is all you’re going to get.)

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Young Justice takes:

Young Justice [2010] Season 1

Young Justice [2012] Season 2

Check out our other Batman and DC Comics takes:

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 part 1

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 part 2

Batman: The Brave and the Bold  Season 2

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 3

Batman: Under the Red Hood [2010]

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman [2003]

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse [2010]

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies [2009]

All-Star Superman [2011]

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights [2011]

Green Lantern: First Flight [2009]

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths [2010]

Justice League: The New Frontier [2008]

Wonder Woman [2009]


5 thoughts on “Young Justice (Invasion) [2012] Season 2: 20 Episodes

  1. Enjoyable show, I did feel that the show took a somewhat unheroic take on the characters but it grew on me. I loved the structure of the stories but it took for granted the audiences limited knowledge of the dc characters. My favorite episodes this season were the first 2 episodes, superboy focused stories.

    I noticed you mentioned season 3, did you know YJ was not renewed and is being replaced by Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go

    I’m also curious what you guys are reviewing next?

    • Thanks for stopping by. The show grew on us too. We did not know about the cancellation. The replacements look 50/50 to us. We’ll see in time.

      Yes, Superboy was the reluctant rogue character that was easy to root for. We surmise they tried to get viewers hooked with his stories early on. The show could have used more focus on him in season two instead of going wall-to-wall new Blue Beetle.

      The Fortress is considering a counter-take on Iron Man 3, and perhaps one on Justice League Doom. As we wrangle with a multitude of tasks, we see what bubbles to the surface.

  2. Cool, Considering you mentioned USM and OV in your review, any chance you’ll review those, the second season of USM impressed me with the premiere episode. OV is pretty mediocre and forgettable and am wondering how your gonna tackle the episode count.

    Also not to derail the comments back to YJ, the two runaways episodes were really meh, the characters felt like chypers, angry cliche teens, also I don’t like there design of static a bit to asian/anime looking to me

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