In this week’s installment of DC Nation, Hal Jordan takes a proactive approach to the Manhunter situation and Kaldur’s loyalties are tested.
Green Lantern: The animated series “Reboot”
Last week’s episode ended with Hal Jordan being made an honor guard of the Green Lantern corps. With this new title he decides to be more proactive about the Manhunter threat and gathers a small task force to investigate the situation. Jordan is eventually joined by his season 1 allies, Kilowog and Aya as well as Green Lantern Toma-Re.
I guess the formula from last season of having a few central characters flying around in a space ship trying to stop a looming threat is back for this season. That worked out fine when the show took place in frontier space but I’m hoping that this entire season isn’t like that for the sake of keeping things fresh. I do think that Tomar-Re is a good addition to this group since Kilowog and Jordan need someone to keep them from getting into too much trouble.
The Anti-Monitor shows up again and apparently he wants to consume the universe. The whole universe dude? Even Galactus only eats planets one at a time. I’m going to have to re-read Crisis on infinite Earths because I don’t remember the Anti-Monitor wanting to consume the universe in that story. Destroy? Yeah but not consume. Anyway, the end of the episode was a big shocker and it will be interesting to see how this one event affects the show moving forward.
Young Justice: Invasion “Darkest”
This was an Aqualad (who now goes by his birth name of Kaldur’ahm) focused episode. While his father, Black Manta has complete faith in him, “The Light” requires more proof of Kaldur’s loyalty. Kaldor is ordered to infiltrate Young Justice’s home base at Mount Justice and kidnap some of the team for The Light’s mysterious partners.
A good chunk of the episode is spent with Kaldur’s team (The terror twins, Icicle and Tigress) fighting against Young Justice. The fights were pretty awesome but a bit one sided. Does every comic book universe have power inhibitor collars? I always found those to be a cheap way out. I could go on about why they don’t make much sense but I’ll save that for another day.
Although we know that Kaldur is actually a double agent working to uncover who The Light’s partners are, it’s still hard seeing him go up against his old friends. He used to be the leader of the group after all. Members from all sides don’t exactly trust Kaldur so he does something extreme to prove how loyal he is to The Light. Although Nightwing still trusts him, Kid Flash isn’t so sure where Kaldur’s real loyalties lie. We’ll have to keep watching the show to find out.
DC Nation shorts
New Teen Titans “Titans in love”
This short had Raven going out on a date with some goth dude and Robin trying to get Starfire to kiss him.
Raven and her boyfriend’s segments were hilarious because no matter where they went (the movies, amusement parks ect) they’d always have a depressed look on their face. They were having a good time but didn’t show it. In Robin’s skit, we learn that Starfire can learn any language by making lip contact. She makes out with some Hispanic guy to learn Spanish and then Robin makes it his mission to learn a new language so Starfire can kiss him. The endings to both of these skits made me laugh out loud.
DC’s World’s Funnest #5
These Claymation shorts are always hard to describe because they’re so weird. The shorts have deformed Batman characters with British children doing their voices. All of the characters act like kids too. In this short, the Joker has tied Robin to a rooftop antenna and is laughing at him. Batman shows up and starts laughing at Robin too. Down in an alley, Catwoman looks on and wonders why Robin wears his underwear on the outside of his pants. Completely crazy stuff that you probably have to be really high to understand.