After an agonizing wait between the first and second seasons, Young Justice: Invasion returned to the airwaves ready to dominate the superhero scene yet again. However, some lengthy delays made keeping up with the show a bit of a hassle. Fortunately, the first ten episodes have been collected in one convenient package for easy viewing.
Young Justice: Invasion – Destiny Calling
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Young Justice‘s second season picks up five years after the conclusion of the first. The jump forward in time not only allowed for some unique stories to be told, but also for the creative teams to introduce a host of new characters without having to spend a lot of time explaining why. At first it may have seemed somewhat overwhelming as the show tried to juggle numerous character and story arcs, with little explanation as to why all these new faces have suddenly sprung up. After a few episodes though, Young Justice established a nice balance between the older members of the team and the new arrivals. Not only that, but it also created a captivating new overarching story that further redefined what was possible with an animated show in the DC Universe.
Without spoiling any of the great surprises that lay in wait, the basic gist is Dick Grayson grew up a bit, and is now Nightwing. He leads Young Justice, with returning members like Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Miss Martian, as well as new recruits like Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, and Batgirl. Arsenal, Kid Flash, and Aqualad are gone, but for reasons it’s best to discover on your own. The team is busy trying to figure out the mystery from last season regarding what happened to the Justice League while they were under control of Vandal Savage. The plot is so tightly constructed, there’s nary a wasted plot point, and every last little second of the show furthers the narrative. Even in some of the episodes that are a bit more character-centric, the creative team makes sure to drop throughlines that make the season as a whole even stronger.
It’s hard to not just burst into a gushing, “Ohmygodcanyoubelievethishappened?” breakdown of the show, but the best part of watching all ten episodes consecutively (and without lengthy interruptions) is learning all the twists and turns on your own. While the earliest episodes are pretty strong, the final five or so are really where the meat of the good stuff is. Episodes like “Satisfaction” and “Before the Dawn” stand out as two of my favorites, but honestly, every episode in this collection is expertly executed. Like the first season, the voice acting and animation are again superb. There are some truly matured characters this time around, and every actor nails the subtleties of growing up with powers and responsibilities perfectly. The only bad thing about this DVD set is how quickly it’s over. The nearly four hours of episodes flies by, and has you eager for more as soon as you can get it.
There’s so much to love about this show it’s painful to know this second season will be all there is. A second collection should follow soon after Young Justice: Invasion finishes off its thus far spectacular run. The first ten episodes collected here are feature some of the best animated storytelling in the DC Universe, and show just how much variation and possibilities there are for narratives beyond Batman and Superman. At least with these collections we’ll always be able to look back fondly on what could have been.