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Young Justice: Season One Vols 1,2,3

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Created by Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man) and Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood), and bearing their respective signatures, Young Justice’s story begins when the Justice League’s adolescent sidekicks decide to form their own team. Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis undergo special missions assigned by Batman himself, uncovering a supervillain alliance whose machinations may prove more than the Team’s older, experienced mentors can handle alone.

Some say Young Justice is this generation’s Justice League Unlimited – or even its Batman: The Animated Series. A bold claim to be sure, given all the latter did to change kids’ programming. But I think they understate it. If we ignore differences in time, technology, and other factors weighing for or against the industry – comparing nothing but the combined quality of animation, writing, and voice acting – then the truth is, Young Justice is better. That’s right; I said it.

Give season one a try if you don’t believe me. You’ll need to in order to catch up with season two, which is currently airing. While I admire the “mini-movie” format of BTAS, the ongoing story of Young Justice is more up-to-date with modern audience’s preferences for convoluted plots and subplots that play out over many episodes. This may not be as important to younger viewers – indeed, it may even deter them. Then again, this very quality can lead to teaching moments, especially if your kids ask as many questions as mine do! Because this show is rich with serious character development and woven with all manner of DC shout-outs to delight any comic geek, you might find yourself doing what I do: asking them to “Shh!” until it’s over.

But these season one DVDs make it easy to pause instead. They include the first twelve episodes spread over three discs – a great deal for the price, especially in the absence of any full season boxed sets or Blu-ray releases. Young Justice may not replace your fondness for older Justice League treatments or standalone Batman stories, but that’s a debate you can have with your own sidekicks when they cite this show as the best superhero cartoon of all time!

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