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I've just watched "Drop Zone", and I have to say it's much better than the last three episodes. I really thought this episode felt a lot like "Human Target" which is another good TV show based on DC Comics, which airs on Fox. and it's a good thing BTW.
Anyway excellent portrayal of the Kobra organisation, and I hope you'll be able to portray crime families and other terrorist organsations as good as Kobra in future episodes.
Well, I just watched "Drop Zone" and I'll give some feedback.
I like how the Young Justice members fought Kobra, the Sportsman and Bane in one episode. Just an odd combo and I love it. I'm glad they're fighting adult super villains.
Charterizations for Robin and Superboy were good. I like how Superboy seems to be portrayed as kind of arrogant and careless with his power.
The color schemes were kind interesting for the villains. Kobras were red and I'm used to them being green from Batman Beyond and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, specifically the prologue to "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster", an episode you wrote. I thought Kobra was the Crimson Avenger. And I thought Bane was Gene Simmons.
Actually, Bane does look good in this episode. In the comics and his first appearance on Batman:TAS, he looked like a pro wrestler. Then on the Batman revamp on WB (97-99), he wore black leather and had a spiked collar, resembling an S&M character. So, I like the sleek Young Justice version, even though his face is Kiss-like.
Finally, one real complaint. The speech Batman gives at the end where he chews out the kids. He tells them all the things they did wrong, but ends it with a "good job." I've seen that whole "you really messed up...good job!" speech in hundreds of movies and TV shows, to a name a few: Mulan, Patch Adams, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, every episode of "McCloud" and the episode "Initiation" of Justice League.
But overall, it was a good episode.
Are we going to keep seeing the "Hello Megan!" catchphrase in Young Justice? I mean it's a nice catchphrase but if we're going to see it in each episode... Hahah. Well.
Tune in and find out for yourself.
Not a question. I just saw "Drop Zone" and it was great. I especially liked the fact you showed Bane using his wits. Too often he's portrayed as dumb muscle. This was closer to what Chuck Dixon was probably thinking of.
just watched "Drop Zone" wich was epic, btw. i was just wondering about the timestamps- i noticed that the first two were dated in June, although the team wasn't even formed till July, 4th. Was this just an animation error, or some time-travel thing? I just got really confused...
By now, you've hopefully seen the corrections posted here at ASK GREG. (If not, check the Young Justice archives.) I'm happy to say that the timestamps were all corrected for the next time the episode airs.
After last week's somewhat lackluster episode of "Young Justice," I'm happy to be able to say... NOW THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!
The team seems to have come together, and it was cool to see them handle their first mission. I also loved how they determined who should lead. Usually once the leader is selected, he remains the leader for the duration of the series. But Aqualad as a placeholder until Robin is ready to lead is a pretty inspired take.
The character dynamics were fun. Seeing Miss Martian swoon over Superboy, who was being a jerk to her last episode was sadly quite true to life (seriously, do women like being mistreated?), but it was nice to see that Superboy has lightened up quite a bit, and is treating her much better now. He also seems to be developing a sense of humor. Looks like there is hope for him.
Now, to discuss the villains. I thought the timing of this episode was great, since it was only a few days ago that Bane (played by Tom Hardy) was announced as a villain in "The Dark Knight Rises." I also enjoyed this take on him. Smart, cunning, and utterly ruthless. This is a guy who I can see being as smart as Batman, and it was nice to see that take on him since, outside the comics, Bane has never been depicted as all that bright. I also loved Danny Trejo as his voice, perfect casting there.
I've never heard of Sportsmaster before tonight. His name is beyond hokey, but I liked him as an emissary of the Light. I'm sure we'll see more of him. Speaking of the Light, it was nice to get confirmation that Mr. Twister was working for them last week.
And finally, the Cult of the Kobra, who I have heard of. I liked them in this episode, they were fun. Although they felt like an imitation of Marvel's Hydra, but to be fair, they always felt like that. I suppose I could make a joke about GI Joe's nemesis, Cobra, but I won't. Still, as far as comics go, Hydra was always the original ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world. Oops, guess I did make that joke.
All joking aside, I enjoyed Kobra, and his scheme. Mixing the Venom with the Blockbuster serum produced some pretty creepy results. I was surprised to see that much muscle and tissue ripping through torn skin on a cartoon. But I also enjoyed how understated, and calm Kobra himself was (and that was always how I thought Cobra's Emperor, Serpentor, should have been played, but that's another series and era).
The animation remains gorgeous, and I hope it stays that way.
I give this one a solid A. Loved it.
Well, I'm glad we weren't "lackluster" two episodes in a row.
Hi Greg. Hope your 2011 is off to a good start. Gotta question for ya. Are Gargoyles with feathered wings (such as Griff, Zaphiro) susceptible to molting?
Not that you probably have the time to do it even if you wanted to but... I heard the Peter David will be writing some episodes of Young Justice. Should the opportunity present itself, would you like to write a story in his version of YJ like he is writing in yours?
Uh... just to be clear... you're asking if -- in some strange hypothetical universe -- Peter were to begin writing issues of his old YJ comic again, would I like to write an issue if I had time?
Comics don't really work that way, but sure! Why not?!
how old are flash, batman and superman?
Barry is 35. Clark is 33. Bruce is 32.
I am under the impression that you guys created your aqualad for the show and DC followed suit by introducing a version of the character into it's main Universe. This is correct?
I'm curious about the level of communication between the major parties in the seperate character developments. Did you clearly delineate your origin and characterization to the comics team so that they could purposfully create a different character will only intentional overlap, or was there no sharing (beyond the basic look and powers) so that each team could create their own character without undue influence of the other (kind of like the way you have described avoiding much of the 90s Spider-Man show to avoid influence upon creation of Spectacular Spider-Man)
Yes, that's basically correct, though there was input from both divisions going both directions. There was plenty of communication. No plan on our part for them to take it in a different direction. They picked and chose from among what we created to create their version. And they gave us some good suggestions as well.