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Young Justice

Young Justice on Cartoon Network has been a pretty great show so far. The animation is good, the story is good and best of all (for me) they are putting tons of DC characters into the stories. The original Young Justice (in the comics) began as a take-off of the Teen Titans concept, essentially a group of sidekicks teaming up. The original team was Superboy (Connor Kent), Robin (Tim Drake) and Impulse (Bart Allen). They soon added Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark) and would eventual go on to include archer Arrowette, the mysterious Secret and a clone of Lobo called Slobo. The show has taken this idea and mixed it with a more Teen Titans sensibility and made some changes that bring the characters back to their core concepts. Superboy is no longer the brash super-clone, he is a serious and confused guy. Robin is now the original Dick Grayson. Impulse has been replaced with the original Kid Flash (Wally West). Wonder Girl and Arrowette seem to have been combined into Artemis. The show has created a brand new Aqualad who seems pretty awesome (they've introduced a variation of him into the comics in the Brightest Day series). They have rounded out the team with Miss Martian (a teen titans character who here seems to be an actual Green Martian and not a White Martian in disguise like in the comics). Red Tornado still serves as the mentor to the team but they have added Black Canary as the team's combat trainer. The Justice League serve in a mentor capacity and will make infrequent appearances. But this Justice League is bigger than the comics one and consists of Red Tornado, Batman, Superman, two Green Lanterns, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Zatara, Black Canary, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Martian Manhunter and Green Arrow. This makes me wonder of some of these characters' sidekicks may not join Young Justice at a later date (maybe Captain Marvel Jr, Zatanna, Arisia, Cyclone, Supergirl or Batgirl) Also spotted were DC characters like The Guardian, Dubbilex, Icicle, Mister Freeze, Captain Cold, Killer Frost, Speedy (with a rumor that he may take his comics alter ego of Red Arrow), Mister Twister and TO Morrow. And that's just the first three episodes. All this has combined to make the DC fan in me salivate.