YOUNG JUSTICE INVASION: WAR Review (Mania.com)

By:Johnny Destructo
Review Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Source: Mania.com

The JLA are being detained and put on trial far away from Earth when this episode opens and I was pretty elated to see them. I forgot that everything about this show is better then most other animated series of late, and I really like the design of these characters, even more so then their Bruce Timm styled run on JL and JLU. As the scene went on, I found myself studying the characters' designs. Really sleek-looking, and I can't say I miss the giant shoulders of the past. 

The news of The Reach's inhabitation of Earth finally reaches the court room and the attending Vandal Savage convinces Mongul (a big bad that has previously given Superman a run for his money) that a Reach-ruled Earth could get in the way of his eventually running the galaxy. Whelp, time for ole Mongul to hit the dusty trail and fly his War World to punch the Earth to death with missiles. 

The crazy thing though is that when Monny shows up to do his dirt, he actually says "…and frankly, if you knew what you were in for with The Reach, you would thank me for putting you out of your collective misery". If a jerk like Mongul says that, it really doesn't bode well for Earth. I would actually like more of a glimpse into what the Earth would be like if The Reach are allowed to win. Yes, yes, I know, we've seen that there's an apocalypsy future with Blue Beetle being all angry-face, but I want more.

The bigger guns set themselves outside WarWorld to create a distraction while our Young Justies do the real work inside. We've got three teams with three separate agendas, any of which could take down the Ball O'Doom. Alpha Squad: Supergirl, Superboy, Arsenal and the aptly named Wolf try to take down Mongul head-on. Beta Squad: BeastBoy Impulse and Blue Beetle attempt to get to the "Key Chamber" to snag the Crystal Key. Gamma Squad: Bumblebee and Guardian try to shut down the WarWorld's power core. Oh yeah…and Delta Squad. They are outside shooting stuff.

Per usual, during all the running and punching and shooting, we get some zingers, some nicely animated action and some character work, this time focusing on Mal…I mean Guardian and Bumblebee. Bumbles has seemed less then happy with Mal, her high school sweetheart, and Mal has definitely noticed. He's been trying to reach out to her get back into the groove of their relationship, but to no avail.  But as they say "Bickering while battling a giant robo-death-ball will bring us together" and after they figure out how to save the day, the two finally come to an understanding. Bumblebee reroutes the power of WarWorld so that when Mongul tries to use it, he gets a giant gzzzzzt instead, allowing Alpha Team to get'r done, as they say. Blue Beetle even grabs the Crystal Key for safe keeping and everyone regroups inside WarWorld for extraction. And that, of course, is when the ESS officially hits the EFF.

Some of the cool: 
When Warworld starts to near Earth, it starts to have a gravitational effect. I like that the writers took that into account. As opposed to the comic story Final Night wherein the Sun got extinguished and it just got "real cold" on Earth. 

"At least a big ALIEN DEATH MOON notices when I'm around!"

Supergirl getting a giant Wolf rolled over on top of her. What a great little piece of maneuvering on the baddie's part.


Some of the not-so cool:
I laughed out loud when it's revealed that during the court scene wherein Superman says they are being set up by "An Earth villain named Vandal Savage" directly behind them in the bleachers is Vandal Savage! I would think that maybe Martian Manhunter, the telepath would be able to figure out that he's there, but I guess he was preoccupied.

The wrap-up:
A non-stop action 'toon, this one was! I loved the set-up, the Reach having to actually help out Earth, despite it's intentions and trying to figure out which of the 3 main teams would actually get the job done. Also the banter between Mal and Bumbles was awesome. The voice acting was on point. This episode is just one more in a long list of reasons not to cancel this show. And yet shows like American Idol are still a thing? How IS that??



Mania Grade: A-
Episode: War (Episode 15)
Starring: Keith David, Miguel Ferrer, Crispin Freeman, Phill LaMarr, Eric Lopez, Jesse McCartney, Masasa Moyo, Nolan North, Michael Riichardson, Alyson Stoner, Michael T. Weiss
Written By: Jon Weisman
Directed By: Mel Zwyer
Network: Cartoon Network
Studio: Warner Bros.
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