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Anonymous writes...

Did Tara ever get punished by deathstroke for giving him faulty information about the outsiders parents? Or did she escape punishment by explaining to him the situation changed quickly.

Greg responds...

Basically, the latter, since that was the truth. But also, he wasn't really in a position to punish her while she was undercover.

Response recorded on November 22, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

During season 3 ra’s al ghul had already left the organization, but still informed them of nightwing’s new team. Does this mean he’s still on good terms with the light?

Greg responds...

Yep.

Response recorded on November 22, 2021

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Impetuous_77 writes...

Back to talk about the cue ball himself again and Superman.

1. What is Hro talak's IQ?
1a. How big is his brain?
3. Is Superman married to Lois Lane?
4. Why did Superman call Conner his brother, rather than his son?

Greg responds...

1. I.Q.? Really? Does anyone still believe in I.Q.?

1a. How big did it look?

2. There is no two.

3. Yes.

4. They both felt more comfortable with that relationship paradigm.

Response recorded on November 22, 2021

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LoboGuara5bruxaria writes...

Hey Greg, here are a few questions of Gargoyles verse:

1) Has anyone in-universe commented that Mr. Acme has the same name as the fictional company that sells (Faulty) products to Willie Coyote? Has he ever get into legal problem with the in-universe Warner Bros company because of that? What does he personally feels about the coincidence of his name and Acme Company of Looney Tunes?

2) I remenber there was an episode where it was briefly shows Hudson watching an episode of Quack Pack and he seemed to be at least intrigued by what he was seeing. Do you think Hudson likes cartoons in general? Also, on a more slly hypothetical, if someone commented within Hudson's earshot that cartoons are just for kids or immature adults, what do you think would Hudson's opinion be about such comment?

3) Assuming that it isn't a spoiler, do you think Oberon would be more of a dog person or a cat person? (Aka: Would he prefer dogs or cats as companions/pets, even if enither of these were his favorite animal.) What about Titania, Puck and Odin? Witch animal would each of these prefer between a dog or cat?

Greg responds...

1. The use was legally "de minimus," i.e. a small use for purposes of parody. The whole episode has a Wile E. Coyote vibe, so having the pie-gun come from "Acme," made sense. If we wanted to do the "Mr. Acme" spin-off series, we might have legal trouble, I suppose.

1a. I'm guessing he feels like heaving a big sigh about it.

2. I think all television fascinates Hudson.

2a. I think he'd ask, "If that's the case, what exactly is for mature adults?"

3. I'll leave all these to your imagination.

Response recorded on November 22, 2021

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M. writes...

I dare say that Jade and Will's relationship is one of the best in the entire show. You, Brandon and the writers have managed to develop something that feels so true and pure without showing much on screen. But If ever you had the chance, would you write a story about their relationship?

Greg responds...

I feel like we have. But if you're asking if we'd be interested in exploring it further, the answer is clearly yes.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Shamrock Holmes writes...

1. To clarify a previous question about actions that Kaldur and Artemis took while undercover, I was particularly thinking about Kaldur setting off the bomb and killing a lot of Kroloteans and destroying the satellite and and both of them generally assisting in kidnapping and complicity in what happened to the kids while in Reach custody.

2. You've previously confirmed that several of the group (Mera, Artur) that appeared in "Home Fires" have designations are there any adults or kids of that group that don't?

3. Has some or all of the group met before?

4. When did John Smith take in Traya?

Greg responds...

1. I'm sorry, what was the question?

2. No spoilers.

3. The "Home Fires" group? Yes. All of them, for the most part. That wasn't the first playdate ever.

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Verdragon writes...

Is Space Trek 3016 a continuation of an already-existing franchise like how Star Trek has been around since the 60s?

Greg responds...

I don't think so.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Condottieri writes...

Hello there, Mr. Greg and the Team, The season 4 have a wonderful start, can't wait for the next episode

I have questions,
1. where do Zatanna train Traci and her other proteges? Is it on the Tower of Fate? Would Dr. Fate join Zatanna on training them?
2. If there are specialized problems that can only be dealt with magic, are the proteges will follow and join the fight?

Thank You

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

But, seriously, just wait a couple weeks, okay?

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Nick writes...

So something that has perplexed me for YEARS is the presence of Two-Face in Young Justice. On previous occasions, you have been unsure of whether or not the E-16 version of the character has ever been shown. After triple-checking the tie-in comics, I can confirm that he has been! Barely!

In the “Face Your Fears” Free Comic Book Day issue written by Art Baltazar and Franco, what appears to be Two-Face can be seen getting kicked in the face by Robin in Panel #2 of Page #4. While it is clearly the classic two-faced visage of the comic character, it is a very small and blink-and-you-will-miss-it appearance.

So something I have wondered for a long time is:
1. Was this an artist addition?

If not and this was indeed confirmation of Earth-16 Two-Face (albeit a very quick one that you may have understandably forgotten in the sea of characters that you and Brandon are juggling):

2. Is Two-Face’s alter ego Harvey Dent?
3. When was Two-Face born?
4. When did Two-Face make his debut/how much time prior to July 25th, Team Year Zero (when the comic takes place)?

Very curious about this one.

Greg responds...

1. Not sure. It's just been too long. Two-Face definitely exists in the Earth-16 universe. Oracle mentioned them in this last episode. But I'm not going to count the visual in what was basically Robin's imagination.

2. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers. We haven't even seen them on screen yet.

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Verdragon writes...

Does Black Canary have formal training in psychology?

Greg responds...

Yes. (Or, at least, the Earth-16 version does.)

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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M. writes...

Hi Greg! A few years ago I asked "Did Will actually believe what Jade said about being a soccer mom and all that?". What I meant was "Doesn't he suspect that Jade left them for another reason?" I mean, WE know something else is going on but, does he?

Greg responds...

Do we know that?

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Verdragon writes...

Does Klarion know that Vandal Savage is the father of Nabu? If so, is that why Klarion is obedient to him?

Greg responds...

1. Yes, he knows.

2. Klarion's not obedient to anyone. But he and Vandal have fun together.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Lenine writes...

Maybe that's a question to the deisgners, but how is seasons 3 and 4 Tigress's hair tied? Is it some sort of Arya Stark hair style?

Greg responds...

Yeah, I'd ask the designers.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Verdragon writes...

A few Vandal Savage Blackbeard questions:
1. Is Vandal Savage still Blackbeard or has that changed since your 2013 post on the subject?
2. If so, was the Light of that time made up of other pirates?
3. Did Vandal Savage have anything to do with the disappearance of Anne Bonny from Jamaican prison in 1721?

Greg responds...

1. Still the general plan.

2. Your question assumes facts not in evidence. And even if it didn't, no spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Verdragon writes...

I know the out-of-universe explanation is that Marina Sirtis is British and also awesome as-is, but in-universe, why does Queen Bee not have a Middle Eastern-ish accent like Halo or, to a lesser extent, Ra's Al Ghul?

Greg responds...

When speaking English... British schooling.

Response recorded on November 19, 2021

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Verdragon writes...

Two Brain-adjacent questions
1. Was Monsieur Mallah tried as a human, since he was seemingly incarcerated at Belle Reve with other humans?
2. Where is The Brain incarcerated, and how (did they unscrew his brain-jar from its base or something)?

Greg responds...

1. He was tried as a sentient.

2. He's also at Belle Reve. He's still in his same container, but certain functions have been disabled.

Response recorded on November 18, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

Hi Greg :)

I hope you`re doing great.

A few months ago you`ve stated in an answer that you were not allowed to openly depict a certain character in YJ Outsiders as LGBT+.

Did you had the same problem for this...or any other character in YJ Phantoms?

Greg responds...

Only that same one character.

Response recorded on November 18, 2021

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6f5e4d writes...

Often in fiction, you usually tend to see the big dogs, or wolves, occasionally showing a friendlier side. But in this case, Wolf has been a bit more serious than the average loyal pet canine. Though I'm just curious (in offscreen moments in the event you don't intend to animate them in Young Justice), does Wolf occasionally affectionately lick the other members of the team, and if so, which ones?

Greg responds...

Um. Sure. Yeah. Uh... all of them?

Response recorded on November 18, 2021

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NoOneSpecial writes...

We know that Avalon can send travellers where they “need to be”, so these questions are going to mainly revolve around that effect and the deeper mechanics that may be involved.

1.Does this effect only happen if someone is traveling to and from Avalon by the wharf? I’m sure Oberon and the rest of the Third Race have other means of coming and going from the island, but are they subject to be sent somewhere they don’t want to be by Avalon? Like say Oberon goes to Manhattan using his mirror. Could Avalon interfere with this and send him somewhere else that he “needs to be”

2.How long this, for lack of a better word, “rule” been in place for Avalon? Was it around back in Mab’s day?

3.Is Oberon aware that Avalon sends people on these adventures? And if so, can he make Avalon stop doing that? We know he can control the island’s landscape and weather, so can he stop Avalon from sending people on adventures? Could he make it so Avalon will just send people where they “want to go”?

4.Would you say that this rule is proof that Avalon has some degree of sentience to it? It sent Goliath and co. on adventures to do important things. In the Gathering it apparently sent them to stop Oberon in Manhattan. That seems to imply Avalon has its own agenda, regardless of what Oberon wants. Even more so, if he cannot actually stop it from sending travellers on adventures for whatever unknown purposes. So, would you say that Avalon is alive in some way?

5.How insistent is Avalon when sending travellers on World Tours? Suppose Goliath and co. were sent somewhere to do something important. Let’s say they believe they have succeeded in doing whatever they were sent to do(or maybe they just decide to give up). They hop back into the skiff and sail away. Would Avalon send them back again to the same place until they finished the job? The best example I can think of is maybe when they go to New Olympus. They decide the best thing to do to free Elisa and escape. If they had managed to get away, would Avalon just send them back again? It did always seem a little convenient that the group could successfully leave at the end of every episode, meaning they done what they were sent to do, despite the fact it’s never specified to them what exactly they needed to do when they arrived. What if they had missed something? What if they had done the wrong thing? I know it would tend to be obvious yes, but it’s mostly guesswork on their part.

Greg responds...

1. Avalon is a subtle mistress, so I'm going to say no. If, in essence, you're taking a shortcut - as with Oberon's Mirror - Avalon isn't likely to interfere.

2. Always.

3. I'm sure he's aware. I doubt he's interested in interfering. Keep in mind that people sailing off from Avalon is a rare occurrence.

4. Definitely. I thought that was clear.

5. It is what it is. Also, Avalon has no guarantee that they'll get back on the dang boat at the end of a "mission." Everyone has free will. But Avalon is sending folks where they need to be. If they're ready to leave, then they don't need to be there anymore.

Response recorded on November 18, 2021

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Diogo writes...

Did Impulse erase his own timeline with the changes he made? Also, it seemed in his original timeline Barry died and not Wally, was that so?

Greg responds...

1. He did as far as he was concerned, yes.

2. Barry died. Whether or not Wally also died is unknown.

Response recorded on November 17, 2021

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Marvelman writes...

What exactly is a blue mug convention? This one really has me scratching my head.

Greg responds...

We've never had a blue mug convention. We've had blue mug panels AT conventions.

Going backwards, many conventions have panels with names like "Mug-A-Guest". The idea behind these "Mugs" is to hold a more intimate panel. One or two guests with about a dozen or fewer attendees signing up for an hour or so, for a Q&A in a smaller room or conference room setting, so it feels more like a conversation than a lecture class. The term "Mug" is a play on the idea that fans sometimes corner guests to ask questions while the guest is, say, going to the bathroom or something like that. It's taking a negative encounter and turning it into a positive by making it a scheduled event. It's also a play on a coffee mug, because these were often intimate little talks with coffee or tea served.

At the Gathering of the Gargoyles conventions, we also held late night "Blue" panels, for adults only, where attendees could ask questions about non-PG stuff, like the Gargoyles' sex lives, etc. "Blue" has traditionally been a euphemism for adult or off-color topics.

At some point, we began scheduling "Blue Mugs," which combined the two ideas of a more raunchy R to NC-17 rated fan panel with the intimacy of a Mug-A-Guest session.

At some LATER point still, a few collaborators - Edmund Tsabard, Mara Cordova, Kalia Sartre, Jennifer L. Anderson and Gorebash - teamed up to create Blue Mug Productions and produced a couple issues of LAST TENGU IN PARIS. It was never popular enough to generate its own convention.

Response recorded on November 17, 2021

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CHAD writes...

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO END GARFIED LOGAN AND QUEEN PERDITIA RELATIONSHIP ?

Greg responds...

Who said we ended it? Certainly nothing that aired.

Response recorded on November 17, 2021

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Arvis writes...

Why doesn't Breast Boy turn into Extinct animals or dinosaurs on Young Justice?

Greg responds...

Gar's never met any extinct animals (including dinosaurs) to bond with and learn from. Also, it's Beast Boy, not Breast Boy. That's a very different character, whose activities we do NOT approve of.

Response recorded on November 17, 2021

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Priscilla writes...

I'd previously asked this:

"So, it's established in Season 1 that M'gann has twelve sisters. The tie-in comics (issue 6, if I remember correctly) state that she had seventeen brothers. So, including M'gann herself, that would make thirty kids, right?

M'comm essentially says in season 3 that their parents had 29 children. Was the figure stated in the comics incorrect?"

There's an error- M'comm stated that in Season 4, actually (in "Needful"). Sorry for the hassle, Greg.

Greg responds...

J'ann and M'aatt have 29 children. Twelve sisters, including Em'ree and M'gann. Seventeen brothers, including M'comm. I thought we'd been consistent about this. I know I tried very hard to be consistent about this. But apparently, I blew it. OR... Miss Martian messed up when she said she had twelve sisters. She MEANT to say she has eleven sisters, but there were twelve sisters total, including herself.

So it's not so much that I'm bad at addition. It's that M'gann mispoke once. I think we can forgive her.

Response recorded on November 17, 2021

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Ashley writes...

a) Who was Roy Harper living with post season 2?
b) Is Roy’s arm removable?
c) How hasn’t he grown out of his prosthetic?
d) Does he have spare prosthetics?
e) Does he write with this left hand now?

Greg responds...

a. Immediately? Ollie.

b. Yes.

c. Um... it was pretty large to begin with? And/or, Hardware has been helpful keeping the fit. Yeah. Some combo of those two things.

d. Probably. Not cybernetic spares, but more down-to-earth ones.

e. Did he write with his right hand before?

Response recorded on November 17, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Shirley Mason?
2. How old is Mr. Tawny?
3. How old is Kraig?
4. How old is Monkey?
5. How old is Wolf?

Greg responds...

1. Shirley Mason was born in 1935.

2. Mr. Tawney was born in 2006.

3. Kraig was hatched in 2009.

4. The Monkey God came into existence approximately 7 million years ago. Whether or not that answers your question, I'll leave to your interpretation.

5. Wolf was born in 2007.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Kirby Jacobs?
2. How old is Lenore Parris?
3. How old is Leroy?
4. How old is Ali?
5. How old is Maria Garcia?

Greg responds...

1. Kirby Jacobs was born in 1961.

2. Lenore Parris was born in 1995.

3. Leroy Bell was born in 1992.

4. Ali was born in 1986.

5. Maria Garcia was born in 1983.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Jan Rott writes...

How many seasons would you have planned for Gargoyles and its Spin-offs to realize your own vision?
1. Gargoyles
2. Bad Guys
3. Time Dancer
4. Dark Ages
5. Gargoyles 2198
6. Heroes of Ulster
7. New Olympians
8. Pendragon

Greg responds...

1. As many as possible until the series caught up to Gargoyles 2198.

2. As many as possible until the premise resolved or the series caught up to Gargoyles 2198, whichever came first.

3. As many as possible until Brooklyn's journey catches up to his return with his family to Gargoyles.

4. As many as possible until we catch up to the Wyvern Massacre in Gargoyles.

5. As many as possible.

6. As many as possible until the premise is resolved or until the series caught up to Gargoyles 2198.

7. As many as possible until the series caught up to Gargoyles 2198.

8. As many as possible until the series caught up to Gargoyles 2198.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Jan Rott writes...

Hi there,
Will there ever be a time that they'll reveal their full plans for Gargoyles? Or will they remain completely unsolved if the franchise is not continued?

Greg responds...

I'm not sure I understand the question. Who are the "they" that you refer to?

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Clark Cradic writes...

Does Demona routinely ruin her outfits as a result of each transformation or does she try to limit that as much as possible? I ask cause her transformation to a Gargoyle tends to be the one that wrecks her close the most.

Greg responds...

I assume you're talking about Dominique's wardrobe, not Demona's. Sometimes, she ruins those clothes. Sometimes, she takes them off before the sun sets.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Jacob the Great writes...

Hey Greg, how are ya? First off, I wanna say that I'm a huge fan of your work, especially Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice. YJ is my favorite animated series. Thanks for being a big part of my childhood. Anyway, on to my questions:

1. If the opportunity ever presented itself, would you consider doing any Young Justice spin-offs, or would you just stick to Young Justice only?

2. At what age did Dick and Wally meet?

3. At what age did Dick and Barbara meet?

Thank you for your time and I'll be starting season 4 tonight! Stay safe!

Greg responds...

I'm good.

1. Brandon and I have pitched spin-offs. I'd be happy doing either or both.

2. They met shortly after Wally became Kid Flash. Wally was probably 14; Dick, twelve.

3. Dick was ten. Barbara was nine.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

Since hindsight is 20/20, if you could change ANYTHING about Young Justice, what would that be?

Greg responds...

Lots of little stuff, I suppose. The only big thing that I can think of (off the top of my head) is that I wish we had made the A'ashenn GRAY MARTIANS instead of WHITE MARTIANS. The use of the word "WHITE" with its connotations of so-called "Caucasians" is problematic and, frankly, messes with our metaphor. But we followed the comic books, when I wished we had followed alien mythology.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Jake writes...

I have a question about Martian eyes. In earlier seasons, Martians seemed to have blank red eyes, with no iris or pupils. M'gann's martian form had these in S1. In S4, however, they seem to have pupils and iris, and appear to be different colors based on race. M'gann's, for example, are now amber. Is this their natural form? If so, what prompted the change?

Greg responds...

The different light qualities from one planet to another.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Bob writes...

Has Conner considered changing his name to something other than Superboy? I understand he perpetually looks like a 16 year old, but now that he's about to be married and has established himself as his own hero, has he thought about taking on a new name?

Greg responds...

Generally, I think he was fine being Superboy in the Outsiders, with Superman in the Justice League.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Taylor writes...

You've said there is a character you in YJ you see as gay, but are not allowed to show as such by the powers that be. I think you know there are many people who are pretty sure of who this character is.

Why is it still so hard to get stuff like this approved? What is the reasoning behind not showing this in the year 2021? I don't get it.

Greg responds...

I don't either. Particularly since this is the only character that we're not allowed to be objective about. Obviously, we have no issue showing Kaldur and Wyynde in a relationship. And others, as well, met with no objection. But this one character became an issue. It's a mystery to me. But I don't own the character; it's not my call.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Josh writes...

1. Do you consider yourself a fan of the horror genre?
2. I read on here that you watched the pilot of Penny Dreadful. What did you think of the show in its entirety, assuming you continued to watch it? Personally I thought it was one of the best shows of the 2010's.
3. Did you enjoy the FX show Legion?

Greg responds...

1. Not particularly.

2. I liked it quite a bit until the last season, where I felt they were working REALLY hard to tie it all up and finish it. I also watched Penny Dreadful: City of Angels and wasn't as thrilled.

3. Most of it.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Karrin Blue writes...

Did J'ann and M'aatt get married before or after J'onn got stranded on Earth?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on November 16, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is David Reid?
2. How old is Zucco?
3. How old is Eddie Corliss?
4. How old is Josephine Tarkov?
5. How old is Floyd?

Greg responds...

1. David Reid was born in 1991. (I think this was asked and answered already, but...)

2. Tony Zucco was born in 1960.

3. Eddie Corliss was born in 2002.

4. Josephine Tarkov was born in 1981.

5. Floyd Lawton was born in 1975. Floyd Bell was born in 1992. (Not sure which one you meant.)

Response recorded on November 11, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Burton Thompson?
2. How old is Carlo?
3. How old is Casey Klebba?
4. How old is Cooper?
5. How old is Dale Gunn?

Greg responds...

1. Burton Thomspon was born in 1978.

2. Carlo and his twin brother were born in 1984.

3. Casey Klebba was born in 1983.

4. Harold Cooper was born in 1974.

5. Dale Gunn was born in 1990.

Response recorded on November 11, 2021

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Nnamdi?
2. How old is Nzame?
3. How old is Simeon?
4. How old is Toto?
5. How old is Ulgo?

Greg responds...

1. Nnamdi was born in Team Year Zero.

2. Nzame was born in Team Year Zero.

3. Simeon was born in Team Year Zero.

4. Toto was born in Team Year Zero.

5. Ulgo was born in Team Year Zero.

Response recorded on November 11, 2021

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NoOneSpecial writes...

Hi Greg. Decided to watch Gargoyles now that it was on Disney+(or at least it was on at the time of posting this). Really enjoyed seeing again and I’m happy it’s now on a service that may give it more attention again in the future. Always hoping for more content someday.

I have a few episodes I really love (and some I really like and some I kinda don’t care much for. Can’t all be winners). One of my favorites is Future Tense. What I enjoy most is how you can re-watch, after knowing the reveal by the end and pick up so, so many details that make it so much more enjoyable, or at least for me.

Unlike the typical World Tour adventure, which usually open with us already inside the new local the group will be visiting, this one opens with the group sailing through the fog, Goliath lamenting how homesick he feels and wishing the journey will be over soon for them.

You wonder if Puck chose this moment to strike when Goliath was being particularly vulnerable emotionally or if he just got lucky. That also got me thinking, how exactly does Puck circumventing Oberon’s law to pull off his dream trick? The dream itself I can get since it’s ‘only a dream’ and not real interference. But that lightning bolt seemed pretty direct.

We arrive at the Future Tense Manhattan and there’s moment where you wonder if this is real or not. I can’t remember if kid me knew that this was all fake, but then again I was particularly genre savvy at that age. Normally when you see these kinds of horrible futures, there’s gonna be a reveal that it’s a dream or illusion.

I think one of the most underlying disturbing things about the Future Tense world is how well Puck seems to know Goliath (and the rest of the cast) to play out this dark fantasy. Subtle hints are everywhere

When they arrive, they are attacked so no time to ask questions. Both Elisa and Angela are captured. Now Elisa’s capture is important as she is always a good way to motivate Goliath into action, but Angela’s departure is crucial, because Puck doesn’t know anything about her. He can’t guess her character well enough to know how she would react. I could see Angela suddenly breaking down and begging Goliath to the Phoenix Gate to save them, except that is not the Angela we know. Like Goliath, she would rather take on problems in the present and not the past.

Next, we see Bluestone and Claw. A weird paring to say the least. I wonder what the significance of those two (if any) there was to Puck’s story? Claw can’t talk so I guess he’s an easy character to mimic, and Bluestone is an ally, but also not someone Goliath is emotionally attached to, so he works as good way of easing Goliath into the horrors to come.

Next, we meet the Manhattan Clan. Hudson is gone and we know this hits Goliath hard. I think a part of him has always still seen Hudson as the leader of the clan. Someone Goliath could always relay on for guidance and now he is gone.

Brooklyn is a harden and bitter leader, hating Goliath for putting him in his position. This also makes me wonder, how aware Goliath was of the fact Brooklyn was leading the clan in his absence. Maybe it did cross his mind, but I kinda like the idea that Golaiath didn’t fully realized that Brooklyn must have taken charge in his absence. And of course he is now with Demona, someone he once hated, which tells Goliath that Brooklyn must have gone through pretty messed up stuff to be with her.

Then we have Broadway, the heart and soul of the clan. Puck doesn’t kill him, but cripple him by making him blind, yet despite his suffering he didn’t lose hope that Goliath would come back.

Lexington is a cyborg and the real villain of the piece. He always was a favorite of mine, mostly because I just liked how he had the most distinct design out of the Manhattan clan. And again, we see Puck’s understanding everyone’s character come into play. Lexington has more of an ambitious streak than the rest, a sense of drive. This fits well his intelligence, his thirst for knowledge. He doesn’t just want to protect; he wants to achieve. He wants to learn because he wants to do something with the knowledge he gains.

Brooklyn name drops Talon, Maggie and Coldstone as being dead, again to further disturb Goliath as much as possible. He doesn’t mention Thaliog, likely because Goliath wouldn’t be that upset over him.

Another character that is never mentioned in this story is Macbeth, which I can’t help but find to be odd. I always wondered why he is left out? I could see him becoming some kind of evil general serving Xanatos. But then again, how could you spin that to be Goliath’s fault specifically?

Fox is also absent. Maybe she gone to help further the idea of Xanatos’s apparent newfound loss of humanity. Owen is not around either. Puck obviously won’t screw with his magnum opus.
“I knew Xanatos was evil, but killing his own son”

Maybe I’m reaching a little here, but I think it was at this moment that Puck realized he had made mistake with his portrayal of Xanatos and decided to make Lex the villain. In this story, he had built Xanatos (or the Xanatos Program) to be this big ultimate evil. But Goliath, both here and later, is able to unknowingly see through this ruse, because he knows Xanatos well enough to know that he isn’t this petty or destructive or power mad. This cannot be the real Xanatos, because the real one wouldn’t do these things, meaning it’s some kind of imposter, which of course it is, in more ways than one. Lies within lies.

And again, this is just an interpretation, but maybe Puck was underestimating Goliath’s opinion of Xanatos. Maybe he thought Goliath was readily and even happily believe Xanatos became this absolute monster? Maybe he thinks this fits Goliath’s sometimes strict black and white sense of morality. In the past I think it would, but Goliath has seen that the world isn’t that simple, and neither are people. Much like with the ad-libbed line about Thailog, I think maybe Puck re-worked the story a little to make Lexington the villain, since that is more plausible than what he was doing with Xanatos. But again, maybe that is just me reaching.

By the time we get to the final battle in Cyberspace all the rules seem to be getting broken and continuity goes out the door for once, which makes sense in this context. By now we know more or less that this isn’t real and something else is going on. It’s one of my favorite moments animated. There are admittedly some episodes with a little questionable animation, but this episode couldn’t have been done without such incredible sequences.

I imagine at the end, Goliath must be completely broken inside. He doesn’t have the will to go on anymore, which is saying something, because I only think of one other occasion this has happened to him, which would be after the Wyvern Massacre. But he quickly recovers once he sees through Puck’s ruse. Sure, it all ‘felt’ real as it happened, but that’s the way a dream can be. It feels so raw and powerful as it happens in the moment, but once you start to feel awake again, the effect wears off. It was after all, only a dream. In those brief moments when Goliaths struggles to accept the shock of what he is seeing, like the scene with Hudson’s statue, he must be telling himself that this has to some kind of nightmare.

Puck, of course, gets off scout free in this episode, which is why I help can’t but enjoy him getting some well-deserved comeuppance in the Gathering.

Anywho, that’s my ramble of one of favorite episodes. There are still many other episodes I love (Double Jeopardy, City of Stone, Awakening, the Mirror, Deadly Force, Kingdom), but Future Tense may be my absolute favorite for everything that it packs in, the striking animation and what I think makes it very scary in a real way; the future may actually be just as terrifying as you can imagine it to be.

Greg responds...

I'm glad you like it. Puck was definitely adjusting the scenario as it played out, as needed. I did think that he had always planned to reveal Lex as the villain, but I like your interpretation, as well. And I'm fine letting everyone decide for themselves...

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Karren Toplik writes...

What criteria made you settle on Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl and Chameleon Boy as the three Legionnaires to follow Superboy and Miss Martian? Was it a coincidence that individually they had three of the Martians' stable powers (telepathy, intangibility, shape shifting)? Because I love that!

Greg responds...

We're a spy show, so we're always looking to reinforce that focus, and these seemed like three great spy-oriented Legionnaires. Plus, Phantom Girl got a free pass because of the subtitle of the show this season.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Major Force?
2. How old is Galet Dasim?
3. How old is Maxima?
4. How old is Vartox?
5. How old is Tribune?

Greg responds...

1. Clifford P. Zmeck was born in 1933.

2. Galet Dasim was born in 1958.

3. Maxima was born in 1993.

4. Vartox was born in 1963.

5. The lead Tribune was born in 1911.

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Anonymous writes...

Can you explain the naming system of the Martians? What is considers a proper “Green Martian's Name” and so forth? Please and Thank you!

Greg responds...

We literally just extrapolated from J'onn J'onzz and M'gann M'orzz's names, with the former being a G'arrunn name, and the latter being an A'ashenn name. So you can see there isn't much to distinguish them in our canon that we, as humans, would notice.

Beyond that, we're adapting other DC Martian (and Saturnian) characters to that naming system, i.e. with only a few exceptions. So that's first letter + apostrophe + the rest of the name, with the last letter repeated. For animals, I tried to double vowels with an apostrophe between them, such as Ma'alefa'ak.

Further intricacies, such as why Em'ree J'onzz is considered a G'arrunn name while M'ree M'orzz is considered an A'ashenn name, we're kinda taking on faith. Miss Martian tells us that's the case, and no one - including Em'ree denies it - so we're just going to buy it. M'arzz is a big planet. It's a very intricate system. There would be hundreds of subtleties in naming that we just didn't have the bandwidth to break down any further.

I do wish I had a better answer, but I don't.

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Anderson writes...

Hi, Greg. I'm really loving Phantoms so far.

I had a question about the Team's B-designations.

Obviously, the Zeta-Tubes and designations are a very integral part of the show. Prior to Season 1, Dick, Will, Kaldur, and Wally all knew and have fought beside each other.

I find it difficult to imagine they didn't use Zeta-Tubes during that time period, since even Roy knew how to use one (which would seem odd otherwise, considering his brief time as Speedy).

But the B-series was clearly created following the founding of the Team, considering Will's designation is B06, despite him/Roy becoming a hero before Kaldur and Wally.

Since none of them have A-designations, how did the four proteges utilize the tubes during that time, if at all?

Greg responds...

They didn't.

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Todd Jensen writes...

A couple of weeks ago or so, the comic strip "Sally Forth" had a scene where the family was discussing Halloween decorations for their house - and suggested gargoyles, but wanted to make them the ones from the "Disney nineties series". I thought it was a pleasant surprise for the show to get a casual allusion like that (and in the Comics Kingdom discussion section, a few posters had fond memories of the series; one particularly praised the voice actors).

Greg responds...

That's nice. Sally Forth isn't in the Los Angeles Times anymore, so I missed that. Too bad.

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Anonymous writes...

Young Justice Questions for Greg Weisman:

1. Are Superman and Lois Lane currently married, and if so, for how long?

2. When Orm's identity as Ocean-Master, how did Arthur Curry and Mera react to this revelation?

3. After Lady Shiva killed Ocean-Master, where was his body taken to after she quickly cleaned out the house?

4. As of Young Justice Season 4, who is the current leader of the Justice League?

5. Within The Light, what are the designation numbers for Ultra-Humanite and Zviad Baazovi?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

1a. No spoilers.

2. How do you think?

3. No spoilers.

4. It's still Black Lightning. He offered to continue on to follow through on some initiatives he had started. And the membership of the League voted him a second term.

5. The Light doesn't really have in-universe designation numbers. But I guess their out of universe designations are L-11 and L-12, respectively.

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Verdragon writes...

Is there a particular reason that Atlantean and Martian magic look more similar to one another than to most of the magic we've seen being used by humans?

Greg responds...

Do they? I hadn't noticed that.

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Anonymous writes...

1. When was Red Inferno created?
2. When was Red Volcano created?
3. When was the T. O. Morrow android created?
4. When was Mister Twister created?
5. When was Amazo created?

Greg responds...

1. Firebrand (II) was constructed in 1942.

2. Red Volcano was constructed in Team Year Zero.

3. There have probably been dozen over the years.

4. Mister Twister was constructed in Team Year Zero.

5. Amazo was constructed in Team Year Zero.

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Anonymous writes...

1. When was Thomas Wayne born?
2. When was Martha Wayne born?
3. How old is Magog?
4. How old is Git N Payd?
5. How old is Red Hooded Ninja?

Greg responds...

1. Thomas Wayne was born in 1939.

2. Martha Kane was born in 1952.

3. David Reid was born in 1991.

4. Git N. Payd was born in 1993.

5. The Red-Hooded Ninja was born in 1999.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Marv Evers?
2. How old is Pete Danbury?
3. How old is Jason Bard?
4. How old is Ishtar?
5. How old is Nikolas Stofka?

Greg responds...

1. Marv Evers was born in 1981.

2. Pete Danbury was born in 1987.

3. Jason Bard was born in 1989.

4. Ishtar was born around 1,816 B.C.E.

5. Nikolas Stofka was born in 1970.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Wilhelm Vittings?
2. How old is Psycho-Pirate?
3. How old is Angela Eiling?
4. How old is Beluga Boy?
5. How old is Biggitz?

Greg responds...

1. Wilhelm Vittings was born in 1997.

2. Psycho-Pirate was born in 1960.

3. Angela Randall was born in 1939.

4. Beluga Boy was born in 1998.

5. Biggitz was born in 1986.

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Anonymous writes...

Hello Mr. Weisman,

I was shocked by the third episode of "Young Justice: Phantoms" because the Bio-Ship is retiring so that it can live out its final years on Mars, and that was truly heart-breaking. Just exactly how old is the Bio-Ship anyway and what will happen to it once it dies?

Greg responds...

Bio-Ship was "born" in Team Year Zero, so she's about ten years old. I think you can imagine what happens when she dies, and if you can't... no spoilers. But to be clear, no one said she was dying. Just retiring.

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

In the third season of Young Justice, the first letters of each episode title ended up spelling out the message, "Prepare the Anti-Life Equation." For the current fourth season, is it safe to assume that you've come up with something similar and you expect us to figure out what the message is?

Greg responds...

It's not UN-safe to assume that.

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Jesse writes...

I know YJ is available in the US via hbo max. I would like to know how on earth are we going to watch it in the gloomy UK? I’ll really appreciate an answer because you guys have fans worldwide who are missing out.

Greg responds...

Again, I simply don't know. I truly, sincerely wish I had that information. But TPTB do not keep us folks in the trenches informed on international viewing options. I'm really sorry. It's just way above my pay grade.

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Tim Mischka writes...

Hey Greg, I was wondering if you'd taken the time to watch the new DuckTales show Disney's been doing? I know you only worked on a little bit of the old one, but it's fun and it's stuffed with Disney references, including the revelation that Manny the Headless Man-Horse (it makes more sense when you watch it) is basically their equivalent to Goliath (complete with Keith David voice and Gargoyles theme playing). Were you amused by them doing that? It was certainly unexpected (given that it happened in the series finale, and they'd covered basically every other Disney show from the 80s and early-to-mid 90s).

Greg responds...

I'd heard about it, and I think it's great that they did that, but no, I haven't seen the new DuckTales. That's not meant to be any kind of comment on its quality. I just haven't gotten around to it.

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Yjaddict writes...

There is something that I find interesting at the end of season 2 Aqualad and the team derailed Vandal's plan or rather it went slightly of course now reach had hidden bombs on earth, Now while Light and Lex had the foresight to develop anti reach software was the light aware of the final disruptor in the top North Magnetic Pole, cause it seems just too big of a gamble to rely on 3 flashes one of them who is from the future to stop this disruptor. Does that mean if the Flashes hadn't stopped the disruptor the earth would have been destroyed and Light would have failed or did they have a backup plan in case of heroes failing too. So basically what I am asking light does not have backup plans for every scenario or not. Cause if this is so then Vandal and the Light nearly lost because of their overconfidence in not estimating the threat that the heroes pose.

Greg responds...

The Light was not aware of it, no. And, no, the Light can't possibly anticipate EVERY possible contingency. I'm sure they had some kind of emergency procedure if they believed Earth flat out couldn't be saved, but that's a last resort of course.

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Verdragon writes...

Do the Atlantis Zeta Tubes selectively filter out all the water surrounding them when transporting people to locations on the surface?

Greg responds...

Fair question. So... largely?

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Zman writes...

Hope you've been well and I'm really enjoying S4 so far. I've watched the first two episodes like 8 times. So I know La'gaan left the team at some point in between seasons. But we know he's still helping when needed. So I'm wondering if you feel like Conner and La'gaan's relationship improved at all before he decided to head out?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

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Verdragon writes...

Were there any episodes of Young Justice that you wanted to make but couldn't?

Greg responds...

It depends what you mean. We didn't break any episodes that didn't get made. But we'd always like to make more. And we have ideas for multiple seasons, movies, spin-offs, comic books, etc. So #SpreadTheWord and help us #SaveEarth16 by encouraging everyone to #KeepBingingYJ!

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Anonymous writes...

1. When was Blister born?
2. When was Giant born?
3. How old is Lynn Stewart-Pierce?
4. How old is Collector of Worlds?
5. When was Match born?

Greg responds...

1. Blister was born in 2000.

2. Giant was born in 2000.

3. Lynn Stewart was born in 1988.

4. The Collector of Worlds is about 16,000 years old, give or take.

5. Match was cloned in 2009.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Tod Donner?
2. How old is Fire?
3. How old is Don Allen?
4. How old is Dawn Allen?
5. How old is Elongated Man?

Greg responds...

1. Tod Donner was born in 1972.

2. Fire was born in 1996.

3. Don Allen was born in Team Year Six.

4. Dawn Allen was born in Team Year Six.

5. Elongated Man was born in 1995.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is S'yraa S'mitt?
2. How old is Bio-Ship?
3. How old is Fury?
4. How old is Everyman?
5. How old is Chameleon Boy?

Greg responds...

1. S'yraa was born in 1972.

2. Bio-Ship was, um, "born" in 2010.

3. Fury was born in 2003.

4. Everyman was born in 2000.

5. Chameleon Boy is fifteen by the end of Team Year Nine.

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Anonymous writes...

1. Green Martian are the majority and Whites are the minority. How many Red Martian exist among the population?

2. What makes the Red Martian the ruling class exactly? Or is it one of those “that’s how it always been” type of situation?

Greg responds...

1. There are fewer B'lahdenns than A'ashenns.

2. Historically, the B'lahdenn conquered to rule. (Centuries ago.)

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Verdragon writes...

I have a few questions about Bwunda:
1. What exactly happened with M'barra and his taking power?
2. If the nation has been in a state of general unrest in recent history, when exactly did Luthor build his hotel (if he even built it to begin with)?
3. Where exactly is Bwunda in relation to other countries in Africa?

Greg responds...

1. I'm not going to tell an entire story here at ASK GREG.

2. No one said it was in unrest. It's run by a dictator that Lex does business with.

3. For the time being, I'll leave that to your imagination.

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Jurgan writes...

Warning: This is going to deal with some heavy topics (specifically antisemitism), but I was encouraged to ask for your opinions. Please do not take this as accusatory, I'm just a long-time fan who's been thinking about some serious issues over the last few years.

When I watched Gargoyles as a kid, there was a villainous organization called the “Alu Minadi.” I later learned it was correctly spelled “Illuminati,” and that it was a staple of all sorts of genre fiction about secret societies, where it was largely interchangeable with the Freemasons. It was also commonly used as a metonym for any sort of behind the scenes string-pullers, what Angel would call “The Powers that Be.” All well and good, until I was reading an article about Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series. I found out he believed the Illuminati was a real, very dangerous thing. I learned that they were sort of a real group that disbanded centuries ago, but many people believe they still operate in secret. Worst of all, they are almost always at least implied to be Jewish.

I was horrified to realize that Nazi rhetoric about an international conspiracy of Jewish puppetmasters was so prevalent in popular discourse. Over the last few years I've seen more and more conspiracy theories enter the mainstream, and if you scratch the surface of any of them, there's almost always antisemitism underneath. Even truly absurd ideas like “the lizard people” are often just “wink and nod” references to supposed Jewish conspiracies. The biggest right now is Qanon, which claims powerful people do all sorts of depraved things with kidnapped children. This is, of course, just a modern reworking of the ancient “blood libel.” Many of its adherents go beyond coded messages and outright say Jews (or possibly “Zionists”) are behind it all. So now whenever I hear anyone talking about “the Illuminati,” even as a joke, my antisemitism radar pops up. Sadly, it's usually right.

All that said, what am I to do with shows I love that rely on such conspiracies? Of course, I'm not accusing you of antisemitism (I can think of several reasons that'd be ridiculous, starting with your own ethnoreligious identity), but I didn't know anything about you or any of the other creators when I first saw the show. There is some irony that the character obsessed with the Illuminati is himself Jewish, though I didn't know “Bluestone” was a Jewish name at the time. Where I eventually came down is that Gargoyles has such clear anti-racist themes that it's hard to imagine anyone taking an antisemitic message from it. On my recent rewatch, I noticed the punks in M.I.A. were basically reciting Brexit talking points about immigrants ruining England, 20 years before Brexit was a thing. “Golem” puts Jewish characters in the heroic roles and opens with what I now recognize as a pogrom. Also, the characters we see involved with the Illuminati do not appear to be Jewish. Malone is presumably Italian (though I suspect his wife was Jewish), the upper leadership in the comics are mostly from Arthurian legend so probably a mix of Christianity and paganism, Shari is Arabic, and Thailog is... Thailog. And they partner with a clear KKK analog, which I doubt any Jewish organization would do. Still, people do often take perverse readings of shows. I've seen people read white supremacist messages into My Little Pony of all things. And on rare occasions I've even seen people say that Gargoyles was trying to tell the truth about the “real Illuminati.”

This all ties in to a bigger question of how much responsibility creators and artists have for the audience's interpretation. There are shows like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad that clearly condemn their villain protagonists, yet some fans still admire these “antiheroes.” Alan Moore has said fans tell him they identify with Rorschach, at which point he wishes he were somewhere else. I myself am worried the “sex trafficking” plotline in my unpublished novel might contribute to harmful ideas. Sex trafficking is real, to an extent, but its reality is nothing like popular beliefs, and those beliefs were part of both the 80's Satanic Panic and its modern iteration, Qanon. These questions are enough to make me (more) neurotic.

I don't exactly know what I'm asking here, just getting out some thoughts I've been kicking around. I guess the question is: what do you think your responsibility is when making a show that mostly children watch? I know you were very concerned with your portrayal of gun safety in “Deadly Force” and managed to do it in a way that “concerned parents” groups praised. There was also the need to avoid “imitable” violence, hence Duncan getting killed by a magic glowing electricity bomb. Are there any similar conversations that take place around how conspiracy theories are presented? In the 90's, conspiracy theories existed, but they were more fringe. Today, they are much more mainstream, and you're making a show whose villains are “The Light,” which is just an English translation of “Illuminati.” Even without the antisemitic baggage the name “Illuminati” has, I still worry about giving people more reason to be paranoid. I don't know how I would approach something like that, so I guess I'm tossing the question to you. Thank you for reading and for whatever response you have.

Greg responds...

Let me start with one quibble: Angel used the term "The Powers that Be" as some equivalent to the Heavenly Hosts, not as an equivalent to a very earthly - if magically infused - Illuminati, as we had in Gargoyles.

Beyond that, I think you raise a number of good - or at least interesting - points.

Ultimately, I go back to something my former boss Gary Krisel once said to me. We had received one letter on DuckTales protesting an episode where Magica DeSpell used a magical circle, claiming we were promoting Satanism - that any use of magic in the show would be promoting Satanism. (The letter literally said, "Walt Disney would be rolling over in his grave if he saw what you were doing in his name." To which I wanted to reply, "Have you SEEN Snow White?") Gary said something like, "We're not going to give magic to the Satanists." Meaning, it's part of storytelling and fantasy and myth, etc. It's one of OUR tools as storytellers. And we won't give it up, neither to any one who wants to use those trappings to promote evil nor to anyone who wants to inhibit our creativity.

So along those lines, I come down on the side of "I'm not going to give Conspiratorial Villain Organizations to the Anti-Semites." And, as you noted, I hope it's obvious that I'm not an anti-semite and that neither is Gargoyles' Illuminati nor Young Justice's Light. (Q-Anon clearly is, though I know of plenty of Jews who believe in Q-Anon and don't see it (or only see a few bad apples using it for anti-semitic purposes). Go figure.)

Note: Most of what you're describing goes back to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a false text, blatantly anti-semitic, that has been used for over a hundred years to persecute Jews. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protocols_of_the_Elders_of_Zion).

So, to your main question, what is my responsibility as a creator? I think it has to be the responsibility to, in part, reclaim the tools of storytelling and fiction from fascists and hate groups of all stripes - including but not limited to the anti-semites. I don't think it's always possible. You can't reclaim the swastika, for example, even though that predates Naziism. But I think magic circles and fictional villain groups still have hope. Of course, if you are going to use these things that have been, shall we say, compromised, you need to make it clear that you aren't feeding into the negative stereotype associated with the trope. Hence, Gargoyles' Illuminati is being investigated by a Jew and is comprised of mostly non-Jews, including many characters from Arthurian Legend.

I also personally believe it's patently obvious that there is no real world equivalent to the Light or the Illuminati. The world is too damn disorganized for me to believe that ANY one organization is secretly running things. Or if they are, they're doing no better a job than the actual governments they are theoretically trying to supplant. I mean, what's their goal? Just to make everyone miserable? If so, then maybe they're doing just great.

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B writes...

Em'ree's last name being spelled J'onnz instead of J'onzz in the credits is a typo, right? In the captions, it's spelled correctly as J'onzz, like her uncle.

Greg responds...

Yes. I'm embarrassed that got by me. It's J'onzz. Definitely J'onzz.

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Hana writes...

Hello, Mr. Greg! So happy that Young Justice Season finally is airing! So exciting to see what’s in store! I love the YJ’s take on Martian society! I have some questions as well.

1. Is there any real distinction that set Red Martian apart from the Green and Whites? Like being stronger or having certain powers?

2. Will we see M’gann’s other siblings in upcoming episodes?

3. Although he only appeared in a few scenes so far, I deeply intrigued by Red Martian Prince J’emm! I think he’s beautiful and his blue eyes piercing! He’s seems like good soul too and displays having a good wit! I have few questions concerning him!

3A. How many siblings does J’emm has?
3B. How old is J’emm, in Martian years and the human equivalent of it? R’ess called him a “boy” and belittles him his youth, so he must be young.
3C. Martian Manhunter is well-trusted by Mars, including J’emm? Does J’emm look up to him?
3E. R’ess mentioned in “Needful” that J’emm was almost married at one point. Will we learn more about that?

Thank you for your time!

Greg responds...

1. Nope. Just pigmentation.

2. No spoilers.

3A. No spoilers.

3B. See my recent answer, and then divide by three to get his human equivalent age.

3C. It seems so.

3D. There was no question 3D.

3E. By now, I would think you have.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is M'aatt M'orzz?
2. How old is M'comm M'orzz?
3. How old is R'ess E'dda?
4. How old is R'ohh K'arr?
5. How old is S'turnn J'axx?

Greg responds...

1. M'aatt M'orzz was born in 1885.

2. M'comm M'orzz was born in 1968.

3. R'ess E'dda was born in 1935.

4. R'ohh K'arr was born in 1896.

5. S'turnn J'axx was born in 1858.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Em'ree J'onnz?
2. How old is J'ann M'orzz?
3. How old is J'arlia J'axx?
4. How old is J'emm J'axx?
5. How old is K'omm B'lanxx?

Greg responds...

1. M'ree M'orzz was born in 1956.

2. J'ann J'onzz was born in 1885.

3. J'arlia was born in 1885.

4. J'emm J'axx was born in 1972.

5. K'omm B'lanxx was born in 1963.

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Sara writes...

Hey Greg I was wondering in Spectacular Spider Man why was Eddie Brock when he bonded with the Symbiote so much stronger than Peter was when he was using it?

Greg responds...

He fed her more hate.

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NoOneSpecial writes...

So, I’m trying to understand something about Batman Incorporated. The League is sanctioned under the UN, so they operate, more or less, within the law, but the UN can limit what they do publicly.

The Team is not something the public or the UN is aware of, so they are off the books. I’m guessing the League consider the Team to be largely an internal matter amongst themselves and don’t want to drag the UN into it, since most of them as their own protégé they are training, and others are young heroes they want to help mentor. But by the end of Season 2, the League recognize the Team as equals and allow them to plan their own missions. Of course, they still work together, but the League no longer claims to be an authority figure over the Team. But does that mean the Team is no longer monitored by the League? And if so, that means they are not bound by the UN and they don’t seem to be during Season 3.

This brings up the issue with Batman Incorporated. Batman and other Leaguers decide to quit and continue to work together in secret since the UN is blocking them thanks to Luthor. Jefferson is not pleased by this or the fact they were still working with the League behind the scenes. But how is this any different than what the Team was doing? They go on covert missions and help the League behind the scenes, while the public is unaware of what they do, and they don’t have permission from the UN. A good example would be in Season 1, when they go on a mission to Bialya, where the League is not allowed to go. So, the League were already working around the UN by using the Team. So, why would it be an issue for the League to use Batman Incorporated in what is largely the same manner? What was the difference in Batman, Katana and Metamorpho infiltrating Santa Prisca for intel, when the Team did that very same thing as well?

Yes, there is the argument that they are being no better than the Light be adopting their methods, but wasn’t this part of the reason the Team was created in the first place? After Cadmus, they realized the bad guys are getting smarter on how they operate, so the Team would help level that playing field. And yes, Jefferson has a point when he says they shouldn’t be keeping secrets. But the League was also doing this when it kept the Watchtower hidden.

And minor thing, but didn’t the Reach Ambassador expose the Team to Secretary Tseng during the conversation with Captain Atom? And if he didn’t, why didn’t Lex expose them to further his antihero campaign?

Also, are the Team, well-known among, I guess I would say, the villain community? Black Manta obviously knows them and told Captain Boomerang. But the Team has been going nearly 10 years now. Wouldn’t some word of mouth have gotten around about their exploits?

Greg responds...

1. The Team is still monitored by the League. But they leave much of the running of it to the Team's older members. They aren't bound by U.N. restrictions but should be. It's a cheat because the U.N. as an organization is not officially aware of the Team's existence. The members of the U.N. who are, keep the secret for their own reasons.

2. In a way, it's not. One of the things that upsets Jeff is that nearly everyone was in the dark. Another is that Batman Inc. (which was never really their name - though Jeff's repetition of it started to stick) wasn't simply going on covert missions but was manipulating people and events. It's not the Santa Prisca mission that upsets Jeff. But the Brooklyn manipulations are an entire other story.

As Jeff stated, he sees a value in the Team's covert existence and missions - not for the sake of them being covert - but because it allowed the young heroes to learn and grow outside the spotlight.

As for how prominent the Team is within the super-villain community, it's a mixed bag.

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Antiyonder writes...

Providing there was a sizable amount of the population who didn't care for mango (and strawberry) and peach flavored Reach, did the Reach and Lexcorp plan to make other flavors of the drink?

I know that I would be subjugated if they had say blue raspberry.

Greg responds...

The rollout of blue raspberry is on its way...

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Anonymous writes...

This is a question about the writer's room and your relationship with the writers.

Do you and Brandon develop all of the premises for the episodes yourselves? What if a writer comes to you and says: "I have my own really cool idea for an episode. Can I pitch it to you?" or "I don't know if you guys are planning to bring back Wally or not, but, if you are, I have a really cool scene in mind for Wally's return."

Would this be inappropriate? Is he or she crossing some kind of line? Is he in danger of being fired? Is a writer's job strictly to develop the premises you give her? Or, is there some flexibility to parameters of his job description?

Greg responds...

For the last two seasons, Brandon and I skipped the premise stage entirely, and we broke every episode together on index cards, and I took those cards to outline. Then Brandon, myself and the freelance writers are handed a completed outline. (We have no staff writers on the show, and haven't after season one, for budgetary reasons.) So, no, a writer can't come in and say "I have my own really cool idea for an episode." Freelancers are not in danger of being fired; they simply don't have that opportunity on this series. It's too intricately plotted. They do come on at the outline stage, and we talk through everything and try to stay very open to their ideas for the episode they've been assigned and to the other episodes in the writers room that day. But the story is the story. If they decide to bring Wally back in an episode where we didn't previously plan to bring Wally back, it's simply not going to happen.

But no one ever suggests going that far off book, anyway. That's just not this gig, and that's made clear up front.

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Marvelman writes...

Young Justice: Phantoms didn't seem prominent to me at Fandome. In fact, I haven't seen much marketing for the show. I get the impression that the show isn't that important for the folks at DC or HBO. Am I wrong? Am I jumping to conclusions?

Greg responds...

They'd say otherwise.

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Kyr writes...

Hi Greg, loving Phantoms so far.

I was hoping you could provide a little elaboration for the warehouse fight scene from the tie-in comics issue 10: Hot Case.

At the end of the fight, Yarrow tries to shoot Robin but Superboy swoops in and takes the bullet himself.

1.) Is Superboy traveling faster than the bullet or did he jump before the bullet was fired and just got lucky?

Here's the scene https://imgur.com/a/UQ2wula

Greg responds...

I guess it's open to interpretation, but I'd say he leaped in AND was moving very fast.

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Alan writes...

Hi Greg, huge fan of Young Justice and all your other projects.
You said that the Green Arrow DC showcase and Catwoman Hunted loosely exist in the young justice timeline, that versions of these events happened but maybe not exactly the same. What team years did these almost events happen in the YJ timeline?

Greg responds...

No spoilers. ESPECIALLY not for Catwoman: Hunted, which hasn't even come out yet.

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jade writes...

How did you come up with Aqualad´s new deisgn, it looks really cool and i hope we get to see him again in season 4 !

Greg responds...

I'm not sure which new design you're referring to. Do you mean his Aquaman design?

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Inertia writes...

1 When Bart is asked to join the outsiders he says Kid Flash is out, too, from back in Wally's day so he has no problems with being a public hero without a secret identity. Does this mean the World knows Wally West was Kid Flash and think Bart is the same as Wally. I just don't get that line it's from First Impressions.
2 When nightwing said "Still, everyone's here except the one guy I really need." was the one guy he was referring to Wally? Last time when I asked the question i forgot to mention that is from the series finale of season 3 when the team is assembled before black lightning is elected as leader. I asked this question again since I don't think the question was properly framed with the necessary information the first time, apologies for that.
Also thanks a lot keeping this relic from my childhood alive really appreciate it and have a great day.

Greg responds...

1. No. He's saying that Kid Flash was a known hero, as opposed to, say, Nightwing or Miss Martian. Many people incorrectly assume that Bart as Kid Flash is the same person as Wally was as Kid Flash. But neither of them have revealed their secret identities to the world. Though Bart isn't particularly careful about his.

2. No. He was talking about Black Lightning, who showed up a few seconds later. He needed Black Lightning, because he was about to recommend him to be the League's new chairperson.

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Will writes...

1. Is Dreamer the New God a more powerful psychic that can get information that normal telepaths can't at least without harming them like she did in her first appearance?
2. What were the Light’s traditions that Ultra Humanite was referring too?
3. Why didn’t the Light dispose of Speedy when they were okay with it for the other sidekicks when they were captured in Cadmus?
4. What was the official reason/cover story that Lex Luthor had held Speedy captive for so long?
5. Could martians have children with humans or atlanteans or
even other aliens?

Greg responds...

1. "More powerful" than whom? I'm not too big on power comparisons. Her powers are different but overlap with other psychics we have in the series.

2. I think he states it fairly clearly in the episode.

3. They thought he might be useful, and by that time there was no fear that his existence would out their clone.

4. I don't understand this question. Cover story for whom?

5. It's a good question... that I'm not going to answer, as any answer could constitute a potential spoiler.

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Liam writes...

What type of music does the main young justice team like? I’d specially like to know for Artemis, Miss Martian, and Aquaman (Artemis because she’s my favorite, but the other two because they’re from different cultures and I’m interested to know what they would think of human music and what kind they’d like)

Greg responds...

I'm going to leave that to your interpretation.

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Impetuous_77 writes...

1. How old is Saturn girl?
2. How old is Phantom Girl?

Greg responds...

Assuming they survive to the end of Team Year Ten, they will be...

1. 18

2. 15

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Verdragon writes...

Was the Doom Patrol Go sequence in "Nightmare Monkeys" a response to Teen Titans Go parodying Young Justice in their episode "Let's Get Serious"?

Greg responds...

In part.

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Verdragon writes...

What is your favorite episode of each (complete) season of Young Justice so far? Which ones do you think are objectively the best of each season?

Greg responds...

I don't have conclusive or definitive feelings about them in the way you seem to be implying.

I am very fond of Independence Day, Misplaced, Summit, Endgame, Evolution and Overwhelmed. But I honestly love every episode (like a proud papa).

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Verdragon writes...

So is there something magically significant about that willow tree that Zatanna meets Dr. Fate under in "Private Security", and later meets Artemis under in "Overwhelmed", or is it just a place that's easy to meet at and has a degree of privacy?

Greg responds...

The latter.

Unless it's also the former.

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Verdragon writes...

Is Helga Jace actually from Markovia? Because her accent and name don't fit with those of the Markovians we've met... If not, where is she from?

Greg responds...

No. She's German. Nice catch. I think you're the first person outside of the production to notice.

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Antiyonder writes...

1. Is there still the interest in doing a Young Justice/Scooby Doo film? I figure even with YJ now being for a older audience it wouldn't be out of place considering Scooby's appearance on Supernatural.

2. Was it planned as a canon story (and as such the Mysteries Inc. Gang being part of continuity)? Or does the Newsgirl Legion presence change such is previously a yes?

Greg responds...

1. Brandon and I are still interested. I don't know that anyone else at WB ever was.

2. We never got that far. But we were, at the time, willing to do a Scooby import into the YJ universe, or a YJ import into the Scooby universe.

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Nick writes...

Hi Greg, I'm glad that Phantoms has premiered now. Almost flipped when hearing we can watch them on HBO Max after the DC Fandome was done. I like how the heroes are not given a big issue to deal with like in the last two seasons. Feels like going back to the first season roots.

Anyway I enjoyed the first two episodes and I have a few questions from them and I can promise that none of them involve spoilers.

1. What's with the iris-change in the Martian eyes? How come J'onn didn't have them when he was on Earth? They look better.

2. Are Harper Row and her brother adopted by Snapper and Beth?

3. One scene I didn't get in "Schooled" was when M'gann formed multiple arms to fight the Monqis and then freaks out after Wally freaks out seeing her with the arms. I don't get it?

4. Is Phil Bourassa not working on the show anymore? I noticed someone else is in charge of character design. Did Dou Hong work under him?

Thank you and till next time.

Greg responds...

1. The iris change allowed them to take in more light on Mars, I believe.

2. Fostered.

3. His reaction startled her.

4. Dou worked as a character designer on Season Three under Phil. Phil moved on after Season Three, and Dou was promoted to Model Supervisor. We also brought back Jerome Moore, who did characters for us during Seasons One and Two, and brought in Austin Reinkins to design with Dou and Rome.

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Big Fan writes...

Hi Greg, I love Young Justice so much and I’m so glad that you guys are back for Season 4 and hopefully more. Thank you and your team for all the hard work you have done.
A few questions,
1. I’m a little confused on how the Outsiders work with the Team. I know in season 3 it was said that they are the public squad of the team and report to Miss Martian but it seems like Beast Boy does most of the leading. So are Outsiders members of the Team or are the Outsiders a separate entity?
2. Can members of the Outsiders return to the team and do covert missions or are the not allowed to since they have become public heroes?
3. In Season 4 does the public know the Outsiders are affiliated with the League or is that still a secret?
Thanks so much for taking the time read and answer my question

Greg responds...

1. Well, both, I guess. The Outsiders are autonomous, reporting in Season Three - and until the first few minutes of Season Four - to Beast Boy. But Beast Boy initially reported to Team Leader Miss Martian (and later Tigress), who in turn reported to League Chairperson Aquaman (and later Black Lightning).

2. The two groups tend to stay separate, but overlap can happen situationally, as when Geo-Force joined the Team for their mission to the Orphanage.

3. Secret. Though they know the two groups are friendly.

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LoboGuara5bruxaria writes...

Hey Greg, on more than one occassion someone have asked you how strong an average Martian is when compared to a average Atlantean, but you had responded that it is hard to give an straight answer since martians can augment their strength with their shape/denseshifting abilities and telekinesis. So allow me to ask you this:

1) How strong to you think an average Martian is in their... "Biologically Natural*" form without any telekinesis involved when compared to the average Atlantean? I am NOT asking exact numbers of "Y Character is X times stronger/weaker than Z character", but more on a "I think X is a bit stronger/weaker than Z" kind of way.

2) How strong to you think an Average Gargoyle from Gargoyles is when compared to Young Justice's Average Atlantean and "Biologically natural" Martian?

*I say "Biologically Natural" form of Martians (That one of large bipedals with narrow waists and exposed gums) than True Form, since for a species of shapeshifters "true form" would likely be the one they are personally most confortable to stay in. Am I right or wrong on that regard?

Greg responds...

1. These kinds of questions are not really of much interest to me. You're trying to remove all situational criteria, but life is entirely situational. I guess by the terms you're using that Atlanteans are stronger than Martians. But the terms only exist in a vacuum of circumstance, which can never occur - not even in a vacuum.

2. Now, you're crossing shows? No. I'm not going there. Watch the two series. See what you see. Make your own evaluations.

3. Every Martian is different.

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Anonymous writes...

1 Was baron bedlam aware of how insane Helga was when he hired her?
2 Why did Helga agree to work for bedlam? Considering any kids who’s metagene she awakened she creeply sees as her children. And bedlam later sells those children.

Greg responds...

1. I'm not even sure I'm aware of just HOW insane Helga is even now. So, no.

2. She didn't initially know about the selling part.

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Anonymous writes...

1 Are there any specific qualifications for becoming the light’s enforcer?
2 Was Lady Shiva recently promoted to become the light’s enforcer before killing ocean master? Queen bee made it sound that way
3 Does the enforcer of the light gain special benefits within the organization?
4 Did the light consider any other candidates besides lady Shiva to become the light’s enforcer after Deathstroke got promoted?(not asking you to specifically name them if there were others.)
5 Did Deathstroke recommend Lady Shiva to replace him as the enforcer for the light to the other members of the light?

Greg responds...

1. Um... being a badass?

2. Just before, yes.

3. Dental.

4. I suppose many were at least considered.

5. No spoilers. (But most likely.)

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emmy the vampire slayer writes...

seeing "his, her or their" on the first episode of Phantoms made me happy. i even hugged my dog and told him: THEY SUPPORT ME! THEY SUPPORT ME! (simon's such a good friend :D)

this may sound a little cringe, but that's what i felt about the scene.

i'm a fan of YJ for 10 years now (i'm 15 - almost 16) and i found out that i'm a trans girl a couple of years ago. it wasn't easy, of course. i spent years rejecting myself, so seeing you guys saying trans rights(!!!!) is super special to me.

ps: i know halo is non-binary, but she's a mother box, she's not really a person. as much as i love halo (LOVE!!!), she isn't a good representation. but, hey, you're trying :)

and sorry for any mistake. i'm from brazil.

Greg responds...

Hi emmy,

I'm glad you liked the scene. But I take issue with you saying that Halo is not a real person. She's as real as Miss Martian or Tigress or any of the others. What difference does her origin make? Now, she's a living, breathing person - with super-powers, sure - but in every other way, she's currently a human being.

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Aziraphale writes...

After watching the season premiere of YJ, I have an additional question:

In your reinterpretation of the White Martians, I was confused by their new portrayal as an oppressed underclass compared to the Green Martians, in contrast to their depiction in the comics and other media as hatemongering conquerors. And that led to a confusing racial allegory that I already didn't think worked well, but then I noticed Ma’alefa’ak's birth name is "M'Comm", something original to this show and not the comics, and he was imprisoned in a jail with a giant X on the building. M'Comm X? If this was an intentional reference to real life civil rights leaders, what was the thought process in turning a character who had murdered innocent teenagers the previous season into a Malcolm X analogy?

Greg responds...

I see where you're coming from, but that's not where we were coming from.

The X on the building comes from the X on Martian Manhunter's chest. In our mind, that was the symbol of the M'huntrrs, i.e the Martian police, that J'onn J'onzz was a member of before coming to Earth. I totally see how you got there, but I promise you it literally never occurred to us to associate that X with M'comm to create any kind of Malcolm X reference or analogy.

The name M'comm was, for us, just following in the tradition of most Martian naming, i.e. you take a relatively average human name and Martian it up a bit. Hence John becomes J'onn, Megan becomes M'gann, etc. M'ree, M'aatt, J'ann and M'comm follow along those lines. So, yes, M'comm is a Martianing up of Malcolm, but I never specifically thought of associating him with Malcolm X, any more than I think of J'onn being associated with some specific Jon or John.

Way back when we were developing Season One, Brandon and I rejected the idea of there being an evil race on M'arzz. I find that notion from the comics very troubling. But we did think that the MYTH of an evil race would be useful for the ruling castes to justify their caste system. Scapegoating, in essence, creates a self-justifying belief: "Oh, so the A'ashenn are angry about the way we treat them? They don't like how we keep them in their place? Well, that's because they're hate-mongering would-be conquerors! Thank C'eridyall we DO keep them in their place!"

I've said before that I regret having used White Martians at all. We were following in the footsteps of the comics, but I do wish we had thought to use Grays instead of Whites. For one thing, the idea of Martians being either "little green men" or "Grays" feels right to me, in terms of alien-mythology. But mostly, it's because here in the real world, the word "white" is obviously associated with people of European descent (such as myself) - i.e. so-called Caucasian - and not with the actual color white, i.e. the snow white or chalk white of our A'ashenn. In essence, we were distracted by the visual look of the White Martians and didn't have the sensitivity to focus on the actual and very real connotation of the WORD "white".

That's one of the main reasons why, this season, we made a conscious choice to largely stop referring to the Martians as White, Green, Red and Yellow, in favor of A'ashenn, G'arrunn, B'lahdenn and Y'ellonn. We actively wanted to create some mental distance between the A'ashenn and Caucasians by avoiding the common word "white". We don't want the oppressed A'ashenn associated with the decidedly NOT oppressed Caucasians in any way, shape or form. It's not a perfect solution, but after consulting with our multiple sensitivity readers, it felt like the best we could do, given our failure of imagination and sensitivity way back in Season One.

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Brie writes...

Hey Greg!
I have seen people say that Wallace West (the second) and Emiko Queens relationship in the comics is Spitfire 2.0
An archer and a Kid Flash being in a relationship alone is enough to draw parallels, but they also started off fighting/being sarcastic before eventually opening up to each other and starting to date.
My question is:
1) What do you think about people calling them spitfire 2.0?
2) what do you think about Emiko Queen in general?
3) what do you think about Wallace West (the second) in general?
Thanks for taking the time to answer this! I'm loving season four so far!

Greg responds...

1. It feels like a tribute, so I guess it's a smile. But this question is the first time I've heard of this.

2. She's interesting.

3. Also interesting.

Thanks!

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Ash writes...

Hi Greg, fantastic start to Season Four and perhaps bigger congratulations on finishing the queue.

Have a range of questions both new and old, but I'll start off with a few new ones that I don't Think will be covered in the very soon to air episodes.

1) Once is Happenstance, Twice is Coincidence, Three times is Enemy Action. With Mgann appearing to match Megan Wheeler and Mree (now Emree) matching Marie Logan, we've at least reached the Coincidence level. Given that Hello Megan didn't air till 17 years after M'gann was born, I was curious if there might have been some "Enemy Action" inspiring their names that may have come at a point later than is common for human newborns?

2) I am absolutely loving the Martian language, sorry for avoiding apostrophes here I know that Ask Greg tends to misrepresent those. Was curious if you came up with most of it, or who otherwise to thank and credit as well?

3) With the Blahdenn specifically, I was curious to their name. It resembles Blood, in much the way Aashenn resembles Ash, Garrunn Green and Yellonn Yellow, but we see in Image that Martians have Green Blood, so I was curious if this was the route association and how it fits given that all their blood I would think to be green across races?

4) This is with an assumption that the Maayavaana is not just a light show with magic but does involve some deeper invocation of Ceridyall and the love shared by the couple, clearly a success for Mgann and Superboy. My question is whether this rite would be possible if there were not a deep sense of love shared?

5) We've seen that a Martian telepath, even one as strong as Mgann, has range limitations. On Marzz, is there something like piggybacking signal jumping system that aquires larger ranges, or was Emree and the Zeta Project sufficiently close for her to contact Queen Jarlia Jaxx?

Just a final comment; have loved every bit of worldbuilding and all the new Martian characters. Emree is an absolute favourite and hope to see much more from her as she develops and learns more of her familys truths.

Greg responds...

1. I'm honestly not sure if I understand your question. But it sounds a bit paranoid on the surface of it..

2. Originally, back in Season One, it was a cooperative effort between myself and Nicole Dubuc. This season it's been mostly me and Brandon Vietti. I mean, it's mostly all proper names, as the rest is translated for you. But I'm glad you're grooving on it.

3. Out of universe, Brandon and I wanted names for the races that the AUDIENCE would more easily grok by association. So A'ashenn does indeed equate from white ash, B'lahdenn from red blood, G'arrunn from green and Y'ellonn from yellow. But we're categorically NOT saying that, in Universe, those Martian words evolved out of these human words.

4. Possible, yes. As brilliant, no. The brilliance depends on two factors: the love of the couple and the skills of the Priest or Priestess.

5. There's a potential snowball effect, and yes, if a large linked body is sending signals between each other, than it can overwhelm at a greater distance, as long as SOMEONE on the link is close enough to be in range. And, yes, The Science Center was sufficiently close to the Palace.

We like Em'ree, as well. :)

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Impetuous_77 writes...

I have a few questions about the que ball himself...Hro tic tac

1. How old is Hro talak
2.Why is Hro talak bald
3. Did Hro talak ever get into a romantic relationship with Shayera?
4. Is Hro talak single
5. Is Hro talak nice at all?

Thank you for making him a piece of crap, I've always hated how abusive he was in JLU.

Greg responds...

1. By the end of TEAM YEAR EIGHT, Hro Talak was 52.

2. For one of the myriad reasons folks are bald.

3. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

5. I'll leave that to your imagination.

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Verdragon writes...

What did that Reach metahuman failsafe that was kept at STAR Labs Detroit actually do?

Greg responds...

We may never know.

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Caleb writes...

I've been sitting on this question for a while, so it's not strictly related to the season 4 premiere (which I really enjoyed), but here we go:

Agendas is one of my favorite episodes of Young Justice. I love seeing superheroes interact in decidedly not-super ways. Anyway, I was looking at the membership timeline of the Justice League on the YJ Wiki and noticed that (as a rule) there seem to be no new members for years, and then a huge jump in membership around the same time. What was really odd was the (at least) 10 season 3 additions (from Aquaman II to Steel) all joining around 6 months before the season began. This is contrasted with the Team, where members come and go much more frequently. So…

1. Is the meeting/discussion/vote format depicted in Agendas the primary way that new members are added to the Justice League?
2. Are there any outliers besides Doctor Fate (who was then legitimized by the vote in Agendas)?
3. When multiple members are added in a single day (like Atom, Plastic Man, Icon, and Red Arrow in Usual Suspects or the aforementioned season 3 batch), how are their Zeta-designations assigned? When they debuted as heroes? How many votes they got? Whatever order Batman dictates?
4. Whose arm do I have to twist at DC to get a comic miniseries of Earth-16 Justice League Election Specials?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. On occasion, a hero may be drafted into the League on a probationary basis, during an emergency or for other reasons. But then he, she or they would have to be confirmed in a League vote, as with - as you noted - Doctor Fate.

3. Batman has nothing to do with it. He doesn't run the League. He was chairman during Season One. But since then, we've had multiple chairpersons, including Captain Atom, Black Canary, Wonder Woman & Aquaman (II), and Black Lightning. Generally speaking, if members join at the same time - without having first joined on a probationary basis (as Doctor Fate did) - they are in essence inducted in the order they debuted publicly as heroes.

4. I wish I knew...

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Gigliovaljr writes...

Hey Greg,
It has been a delightful surprise for the sudden premiere of YJ Phantoms and I hope there's more episodes soon.

Looking back at when YJ returned, you had a lot less restrictions, allowing you to tell the story more to your choosing, but I can't help but wonder how different season 3 would have been if Young Justice had never been cancelled to begin with and still had those restrictions.

Could you tell us more of how different season 3 would have been if the show had continued back in 2013? What would have changed in regards to characters and story? What plans for season 3 did you come up after the original cancellation and what plans were scrapped?

Greg responds...

I can't answer that. It's hypothetical to a wild degree. Our general plans for the first four seasons haven't changed from back when we first developed the series. But we didn't break Season Three in any detail until DC Universe picked us up for a third season. And we didn't begin breaking Season Four until DC Universe picked a fourth season up - months before DC Universe became DC Universe Infinite, and we moved over to HBO Max.

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