The sharp new Young Justice series may have finally cracked the code on DC’s Teen Titans. Earlier incarnations of the team basically ignored the other heroes in the DC Universe for fear of overshadowing the ostensible main characters. Let’s be frank: most people would rather follow Batman around than Robin any day of the week. But rather than avoiding that dilemma, Young Justice grabs it by the horns, and immediately distances itself from the competition in the process. Batsy, Superman, and the other “senior” heroes constantly look over the young team’s shoulders here… and it drives the Titans out of their adolescent minds.
That dynamic gets off to a good start this week, as Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash defy the Justice League’s orders and investigate a suspicious lab fire. It soon leads them to the bowels of the Earth, where an alien conspiracy is up to no good. The sparkling dialogue and fast pacing keep the introductory episode firing on all cylinders, and with new members still to come, the writers should have plenty of good material in their tank. Is this the best superhero show since Justice League Unlimited? It’s too early to tell… but it certainly looks promising.