Young Justice Invasion Destiny Calling: Season 2 (2013)

Actors: Jesse McCartney, Khary Payton, Jason Spisak, Nolan North, Danica McKellar
Producers: Sam Register
Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English (Stereo)
Region: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
Run Time: 220 minutes




This cartoon show may now be subtitled “Invasion” but it is indeed the second season of Young Justice, the DC animated series made for Cartoon Network.

Young Justice is a sort of junior Justice League featuring teen sidekicks such as Robin, Superboy and the like. After five years one supposes that they are not that young anymore, but with the Justice League off-world to defend their good name in an intergalactic trial the junior leaguers must cope with a group of supervillains in cahoots with mysterious alien invaders.

Young Justice Invasion picks up five years after the events of the first season. Five years is a long time and the fun for viewers is to see what has happened to the various superhero team members in the interim. Some members have quit the superhero biz altogether; others have gone rogue and joined the bad guys; others got married and had kids (gulp); some switched boy/girlfriends around; and so on.

The team lineup reunites some of the old faces and now also includes new members such as Blue Beetle and Beast Boy, whom long-time DC animated fans will remember from previous shows such as Teen Titans and Brave & the Bold. Seeing the new, more anime-inspired versions of these characters is a bit of a disconnect, but they are in essence the same characters as before even though Young Justice is a lot more serious and mature than any of these shows.

THE DISCS: The first ten episodes of Season 2 are collected on two discs. It is unfortunate that Warner Home Video is continuing its policy of not releasing full season box sets when it comes to shows as this one, but what can you do? Young Justice Invasion lends itself to DVD home viewing as it is recommended that you watch the various episodes in sequence instead of catching the occasional episode on TV.

Incidentally be sure to check out the Special Features on Disc One to watch three bonus episodes from Batman: Brave & the Bold. Perhaps it is best to check out these episodes beforehand as they deal with the origins of the Blue Beetle, a new character in the Young Justice lineup.

WORTH IT? Oh, yes. DC Animation is still at the top of the heap when it comes to superhero TV cartoons even though Marvel has done some catching up lately with their Avengers show. Young Justice is aimed at a slightly older young teen audiences than, let’s say, Brave & the Bold. It features topnotch animation, great voice talents and intelligent writing. Comic book fans will lap it up.

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re new to the show, then it is best that you check out the first season of Young Justice first. The show has an overall conspiracy plot, which the new season continues. Newbies will be hopelessly bewildered if they start watching from this collection onwards. Fans would want to check this out as the show has lost nothing of its appeal.



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