Beware The Batman, the new CGI animated series on Cartoon Network. Green Lantern and Young Justice were unjustly cancelled, and dagnabbit, I’m still bitter. Then, late this week I read about a new series of animated shorts with Wonder Woman that were to air during BTB, and I thought, okay okay, I shall watch! And watch it I did. I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Beware the Batman was okay, it wasn’t gonna blow me away
Batman as he was depicted in Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Batman The Animated Series/Green Lantern The Animated Series magical with their pilots, but it wasn’t Marvel’s The Avengers Assemble bad. #sorrynotsorry.
One of the best surprises of this episode, “Hunted” was the appearance of Michael Holt, who becomes Mister Terrific, the third smartest man in the world and one of my favorite DC Comics heroes! I am kind of hoping for a modified version of Batman’s The Outsiders to appear in this series, maybe with Mister Terrific replacing poor poor Jefferson Peirce /Black Lightning. Katana is already going to be a regular on the show. As long as Holt keeps appearing on the show, I’ll watch. I don’t think this was a 1-time thing, but I could be wrong.
This week in DC Nation was a pleasant surprise. Both Young Justice’s and GTLAS’s stories were both coherent! I continue to be disinterested in Batman: Shanghai Nights and the Princess Amethys DC Shorts. Just not into them.
GLTAS’s “Prisoner Of Sinestro” starts out with crew rescuing Green Lantern Thal Sinestro and his prisoner Neuraxis from the infamous arachnid prison. Little does everyone know that Neuraxis, who looks like a harmless oversized cranium with tentacles, is a mind-jumper, an alien species who can control people’s minds at will. Sinestro “saves” the day, although his decision making is guided by the fear of what will happen in the future.
The basic premise of Young Justice: Invasion “True Colors”, like all other alien invasion narratives, is the Fear of the Other. Fear of the Reach Apocalypse has impacted Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle the first few episodes of the season. Impulse (the Flash in the future) prophesies that Blue Beetle, because the Scarab technology was given to Jaime by the Reach. I think the most fascinating character thus far has been G. Gordon Godfrey,a right wing-xenophobe who ironically sings the praises of the Reach and Lex Lutho. Arsenal/Roy Harper acts irrationally out of fear of Lex Luthor.Jaime runs into another Scarab hero, this time from Mars (another alien race), where he is informed there are other ways of being, instead of running from ominous portents. Is there another way outside the politics of fear to confront evil? I think this is a relevant discussion, especially during our time in this War Of Terror. Maybe the answer could be embracing the Other as person and then acting, rather than doing things out of fear.
What are your thoughts? Did DC Nation live up to expectations this morning?