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Now we know what happened to Aqualad and it's a shocker. Just a few bits of dialogue filled in the past five years: Tula died on a team mission, Aqualad blamed his friends and discovered Black Manta is his father, then went to join him. Sort of a reverse Luke Skywalker scenario. Aqualad is also Black Manta now.

In a way, it's kind of fitting. One of the best things about this episode and a good bit of progress over the past five years is that the mentors and sidekicks are all tight and work well together. Specifically, I'm referring to Superman and Superboy, who are thick as thieves now. And I love it.

"Great aim."
"X-ray vision. I cheat."

And Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl:

"A little less fangirl, a little more Wonder Girl."

But no one outdoes Batman. He brought all his "kids", Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin. I wonder if we'll ever see Red Hood, or if Jason Todd is in the Light. He probably wouldn't like seeing Joker at the Light office parties.

It took 29 episodes but Young Justice finally delivered a worthy presentation of Superman. Superman pleading with the Kroloteans to board their ships so he could save them from the bomb was perfect. That's who Superman is. "He couldn't save them. He won't be fine with that."

Plus a cameo by Bibbo. Why did the Kroloteans replace Bibbo of all people? Did they just want to eat free at his diner?

And who is the Competitor the Light sold the Kroloteans out for? (Not that I blame the Light; the Kroloteans aren't exactly a top flight evil alien race in the DCU, though they've accomplished more than you'd think.) I like that the Kroloteans refer to Lobo in private conversation as "the Main Man".

I also liked Miss Martian mind reading the captured Krolotean in seconds where Martian Manhunter couldn't crack that nut in days. Plus she said "Hello, Megan!" again.

And now the 16 hours are accounted for: The six Justice Leaguers went to Rimbor and basically just tore shit up and boasted how bad ass they are. 16 hours of wrecking a planet. Making them go to Rimbor to face trial is an interesting way to write them out, or at least leave the Justice League and Earth without Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, John Stewart and the Martian Manhunter. Plus Icon, who's apparently the JLA's intergalactic David Otunga. Those are 8 of the heaviest hitters now off-world until further notice.

Terrific episode all around.

EDIT: Forgot to mention the Hall of Justice scene with Catherine Cobert shouting out the Apellaxians! So they're going with the post-Crisis Apellaxian invasion as the cause of the Justice League's formation, not pre-Crisis Starro or the really crappy New 52 invasion by Darkseid and his Parademons. Works for me.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.55
Aqualad's heel turn was a "WOW!" for me. I started thinking it was a mind-control scenario or an undercover infiltration type of deal, but once we got the exposition...well, that's a legit explanation for turning to the dark side. And that's some fine character development to boot. (TANGENT: If there's a positive to The New 52, which started mere months after they debuted the new Aqualad, it's that now they can take as many liberties with Aqualad as they want.) I have no idea where this is going and I'm loving every minute of it.

I still find it hard to believe that this cabal of big name supervillains managed to lay low for such a long period of time.

    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    And who is the Competitor the Light sold the Kroloteans out for? (Not that I blame the Light; the Kroloteans aren't exactly a top flight evil alien race in the DCU, though they've accomplished more than you'd think.)

All my money is on Apokolips. Darkseid's debut on this show is going to be epic!




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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
    Originally posted by It's False

      Originally posted by John Orquiola
      And who is the Competitor the Light sold the Kroloteans out for? (Not that I blame the Light; the Kroloteans aren't exactly a top flight evil alien race in the DCU, though they've accomplished more than you'd think.)

    All my money is on Apokolips. Darkseid's debut on this show is going to be epic!


Nah, it's the Reach, the alien race behind Blue Beetle's scarab. The Kroloteans have been scared shitless of him both times they encountered him, and the one referred to him as a "Competitor Warrior." I only know a little about them from the comics, but I know they have a similar MO to the Kroloteans, in that they come into a planet and steal resources.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.40
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    It took 29 episodes but Young Justice finally delivered a worthy presentation of Superman. Superman pleading with the Kroloteans to board their ships so he could save them from the bomb was perfect. That's who Superman is. "He couldn't save them. He won't be fine with that."


It took ALL of the first season for Superman to come to grips that he was cloned. Once Superboy proved himself, and Superman saw some of himself in him, he started thawing a bit. The comment that Superboy made about never aging on the outside? Superman has the same problem. Now we're seeing them as brothers, and they show concern for each other.


    Originally posted by Tenken347
    Nah, it's the Reach, the alien race behind Blue Beetle's scarab. The Kroloteans have been scared shitless of him both times they encountered him, and the one referred to him as a "Competitor Warrior." I only know a little about them from the comics, but I know they have a similar MO to the Kroloteans, in that they come into a planet and steal resources.


That's their M.O. from the original Jaime Reyes saga, an this is a wonderful guess. I'm fully on board with this one.
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Damn. That was awesome. I never saw the Aqualad heel turn coming. I mean of all of the people to join the dark side, he was last on my list. I love how Dick has become the leader even more so than Batman. The trial is a good way out. I know nothing about Blue Beetle's race, but I also agree with Its False, this is all coming down to Darkseid. Godfrey is too much of a clue.



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