DC Nation Review 02/17/13 | STFUandPlay

DC Nation Review 02/17/13

By Tony Polanco Sun, February 17, 2013 - 7:17:01

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Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Love Is A Battlefield”

We’re back to the main storyline of this season as Aya invades Zamaron to destroy the Star Sapphires. These Lanterns represent the power of love and since this is the emotion that caused Aya pain, she wants to rid the universe of it. She summons Carol Ferris to represent love and Atrocitus to represent hate. The two are then pitted against each other in a duel to the death.

The cool thing about the episode was the return of Carol and Atrocitus. Carol was always resistant to becoming a Star Sapphire but this is the episode where she fully embraces it. She takes some lumps from Atrocitus but she eventually gets the hang of being a super hero. I hope she comes back more often because Jennifer Hale (Naomi Hunter, Commander Shepard) does a great job of portraying her.

It was also cool to see Atrocitus again. He’s definitely one of those villains that you love to hate. His fight against Hal Jordan later on in the episode was somehow better than the one from last season’s finale. Both of these guys hate each other and they went all out in their battle.

By the end of the episode, one of the Star Sapphires is dead and Aya is now determined to destroy all life in the universe. She doesn’t want to do it planet by planet and wants to find a way to accomplish her goal in one fell swoop. It’s a good thing that Carol is now a full-fledged Star Sapphire because the universe is going to need all the help it can get to defeat Aya and her Manhunter army.

Green Lantern TAS - Love is a battlefield

Young Justice: Invasion “Complications”

In this episode, Sports Master and Cheshire break into Black Manta’s underwater craft to exact their revenge. Meanwhile, Nightwing becomes suspicious of Blue Beetle after most of Young Justice goes missing.

The entire break-in was very entertaining. Most of the fighting took place between characters with no super powers so the action was a bit more grounded than usual. I love a big super hero fight as much as the next guy but there’s something to be said for a straight up martial arts rumble. The fights that Sports Master had were the best ones as he got to battle the most people. I love seeing a C-grade villain turn into a full on bad ass.

The break-in was actually beneficial for Miss Martian, Kaldur and Artemis (disguised as Tigress). Kaldur is now fully restored but if Black Manta knew that then he would have killed M’gann since she was no longer useful. The break-in provided the perfect opportunity for Miss Martian to free herself and let Artemis’ family (Sports Master and Cheshire) know that she’s alive. Kaldur and Artemis’ undercover mission can now continue but it will only be a matter of time before they’re discovered I think. When Black Manta finds out that his own son has been betraying him, things will really heat up.

This was another great episode of Young Justice. We didn’t move forward too much with The Reach storyline but it’s good to have the M’gann/Kaldur storyline wrapped up. Blue Beetle is now fully being controlled by The Reach but Nightwing already suspects something. This is a dude who was trained by Batman so he’ll uncover what’s happening sooner or later.

Once again this show manages to outdo itself and leave us wanting more. These final weeks will be exciting for sure.

Young Justice Invasion - Complications

DC Nation Shorts

Vibe

This short picks up where the last one left off as Vibe has to square off against his doppelganger. After some break dance fighting, it’s revealed that the doppelganger is a robot created by Doctor Ivo. Ivo wants revenge against Vibe for destroying his other android: Amazo and creates this new android called Extremo to finish the hero off. Vibe is able to easily destroy the robot and sends Ivo packing.

Like I said before, it’s fun to see a super hero that no one has ever heard of get a spotlight. It was also nice to see a 1980s cartoon aesthetic used for these shorts. Radical stuff dude!

Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld

Amethyst has to obtain a crystal that will give her more power but first she must get it from a giant toad that lives in a volcano.

The short had the same high quality of animation that you would expect. The part where Amethyst needed to recite a magic spell while dodging the frog’s long tongue was hilarious. The way she recited the spell was fun because her tone of voice would change from calm to nervous whenever the frog’s tongue got close to her.

The short ends with the big bad villain: Dark Opal revealing himself. Is it time for the final confrontation? We’ll have to wait to find out.

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