The team has Halloween adventures and guest star Zatanna (who else for that holiday?).
S1: Episode 18: Secrets
This week, Young Justice deals with “Secrets,” and the introduction of one of the classic villains from the comic series, a deadly young man called Harm. Some of the team goes to a Halloween dance (and sees some amusing hero costumes), Zatanna and Artemis slip away for a “Girl’s Night Out,” and Aqualad, Robin, Red Arrow, and Batman go to work on the mystery of the team’s supposed mole. We also learn that, of course, Robin knows who Artemis really is. This was a good scene which unfortunately isn’t followed up on.
Zee and Artemis go on what I can only call a crime fighting rampage, and attract Harm’s attention, as well as a blond onlooker. As any fan of the YJ comic would guess, the blond is Secret, who is helping Artemis and Zee. As Superboy, Kid Flash, and Miss Martian turn the tables on a high school prankster, Harm pretty much wipes the floor with Artemis and Zee. There’s also a nice little Easter Egg of one of the shops in the background “Able’s House of Secrets,” a long time DC staple.
Harm’s backstory is just as twisted as the comic one; he killed his own sister to gain power. However, she came back as Secret, more or less a ghost, who helps them defeat Harm. Zatanna tries throughout to get Artemis to open up about the many burdens she carries, and fails.
What I liked and what I didn’t:
This was another fantastic episode. From the high school pranks to the more serious introduction of Harm and Secret, it was handled very well, as you’d expect from special guest writer Peter David. David is one of comic’s best writers, and wrote the original run of Young Justice. Supporting character Wendy had a perfect Black Canary costume, and Meggan did a great cameo as Marvin the Martian. There was tragedy, comedy, and great writing.
On the bad side, the mole mystery was only on long enough to be talked about, and Robin got only a few lines, which also meant we didn’t get to see any more of the Robin/Zatanna attraction. Wally spent the whole episode in his werewolf costume and never really did anything.
But overall, this was fantastic. I’m hoping that neither Harm nor Secret end up as one shot guests never to be seen again. While Harm went away early in the YJ comic, Secret became a member of the team until near the end of the book. I’m halfway suspecting that they only showed up because of Peter David writing this one, but maybe I’ll be wrong- this would be one of the many times I’d be happy to be wrong.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|more Zatanna, nice nod to the comics||no|
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