REVIEW: ‘Young Justice: Outsiders,’ Episode 1-3

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Young Justice is back, now on DC Universe, after a long and grueling wait for fans, following the surprising and disappointment cancelation of the show. I have been a fan of the show since it’s debut on Cartoon Network and was extremely excited to see it being picked up on its new home. The season picks up not long after Nightwing leaves the team at the end of season two, with Kaldur and Miss Martian back at the helm.

Young Justice: Outsiders tackles meta-human trafficking and the ramifications of the Reach’s initial efforts to kidnap and use meta-humans as soldiers. Earth children and teenagers are disappearing and being found too late in the far reaches of the galaxy after having their meta-gene activated. With the Justice League having been stripped of its power by the new UN Secretary Lex Luther, must find a new way to fight the mysterious group kidnapping children but not before it threatens to tear the League and the members of Young Justice apart.

similar to the previous season, Young Justice: Invasion, but adds a host of new characters as well as new looks for returning favorites. Young Justice’s strong suit has always been the relationships it builds between the characters. While in season two the show stumbled in regards to building audience rapport with new characters, so far the new season manages it well.

Black Lightning’s introduction to audiences is extremely emotional and sets up his issues with Batman well. Additionally, the Markovian royal family plays a huge part in the beginning episodes of the series which sets up a compelling drama outside of the returning characters. Young Justice: Outsiders excels at creating believable fallout both politically and emotionally. Artemis is back working with Dick following Wally’s death, but it clearly weighs heavily on both of them, especially Dick.

Dick, now working solo and not under his Nightwing mantle, is taking on covert operations by himself with Oracle as his guide. The missions led by Dick balance the show. Often, Justice League stories and even Teen Titans stories can be overwhelming because everything feels like a world-ending event so it can be hard to create believable stakes. So, Dick’s small missions here have a lingering impact from seasons to come.

The politics of this series reminds me a lot of Marvel’s Civil War. Both sides within the league have compelling arguments and the emotional impact of the character’s disagreements has a ripple effect through the entirety of the league and Young Justice.

Young Justice as a show has never been afraid to skirt the line into the darker subject matter, now on its new home of DC Universe, the show dives right in. Touching on subjects of human trafficking, immigration, and even xenophobia. In fact, it feels like both a superhero show and a commentary on the world around us.

Young Justice: Outsiders is the best Teen Titans show and the best superhero show on television and streaming services today. The stakes are always high and unlike other DC Comics animated shows and movies, the missions feel more like something out of the Mission Impossible franchise.

Episodes one through three of Young Justice: Outsiders are now streaming on the DC Universe app with episodes four through six dropping January 11, 2019.


Young Justice: Outsiders Episode 1-3
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TL;DR

Young Justice: Outsiders is the best Teen Titans show and the best superhero show on television and streaming services today. The stakes are always high and unlike other DC Comics animated shows and movies, the missions feel more like something out of the Mission Impossible franchise.