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Young Justice: Season 1 (2011/DC Comics/Cartoon Network/Warner Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B Extras: D Episodes: B-

Created by Greg Weisman (co-creator of Gargoyles) and Brandon Vietti (director for Batman: Brave and the Bold), Young Justice was created for Cartoon Network as a series that follows the lives and adventures of a host of young superheroes. Premiering in 2011 and running until (an abrupt end in) 2013, Young Justice had a generally favorable reception from fans as it followed the exploits of the young heroes and their exploits on Earth-16 in a new/fresh way.

The series revolves around The Team, a younger version of (essentially) The Justice League. On Earth-16 superheroes are generally a new phenomenon; though the people have earth know of and live beside the already established Justice League. Described by the creators as the 'new age of heroes' Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Speedy compose the initial team; a team that wishes to be upgraded from sidekicks to full-fledged heroes. The first episodes have our young heroes taking on mission of their own without their 'bosses' permission; though at this point Speedy has resigned as Green Arrows sidekick to become Red Arrow. The Team (again composed of Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Red Arrow) look to infiltrate The Cadmus building (a secret Genetic testing lab in the DC universe) as wrong doing is afoot. Once in Cadmus The Team discovers Cadmus has created Superboy using Superman's DNA; as well as a creating genetic weapons called Genomorphs. In the end, The Team escapes with Superboy and establishes the premise for the series. Robin and crew strike a deal with Batman to be an independent, covert team that takes on their own missions. Batman and the rest of The Justice League find this to be a good opportunity as (superheroes being relatively new) they are seen as celebrities and performing undercover missions is becoming increasingly difficult. They set up the newly established Young Justice team in a former Justice League facility (a hollowed out mountain) called Mount Justice. Here they are mentored by the seasoned veterans.

Season One has 26 episodes that are very well done. The animations is crisp and clean; and whereas not the most detailed design to date, it is far from the sanitized CGI style in recent years. Unlike other series like Batman: Brave and the Bold, Young Justice embraces an overarching storyline, with admirable continuity and intertwining plot points. Batman seems to be the 'Charlie to the Angels' as he is the hero who sends the team on the most missions; though certain episodes have the team acting of their own volition. It takes about 12-14 episodes for the series to pick up speed and get its bearings; in terms of continuity and a cohesive story. But once we as an audience see Young Justice up against The Injustice League and the mysterious group known only as The Light, we see how far the series can go.

Young Justice: Season One is presented in a 1080p, 1.78 X 1 widescreen that is beautifully pictured as it demonstrates bright colors, bold/inky blacks, crisp lines, and an overall strong presence. The sound is a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 2.0 Stereo track that gets the job done, but lacks the 'umph' this great series should have. Without a doubt sound quality is crisp, clean and clear with dialogue presenting nicely; but musical scores and overall action is weak.

No extras are available on this set.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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