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- You gotta love an army of me!
Synopsis "Usual Suspects"
Dec 30th. The Justice League gathers before the Hall of Justice to announce their enlargement to the gathered media. Superman takes the podium to commend the five new Justice Leaguers — Doctor Fate, Plastic Man, the Atom, Icon, and Red Arrow. The League’s covert Team watch the coverage from inside the Hall where they are joined by Rocket, Icon’s sidekick and their newest team-mate. Superman hands out membership cards to the new Leaguers starting with Doctor Fate. It’s hard for Zatanna to watch as Fate is still in control of her father’s body. Green Arrow personally welcomes Red Arrow to the League and the Team are happy that their friend has finally graduated. Black Canary and Batman conduct the new Leaguers back into the Hall of Justice, but discover that the Team has already left.
Robin picked up an emergency alert which takes the Team to the Smoky Mountains. Security footage from the Ashfield Regional Airport has detected Cheshire carrying the brief case the Team failed to retrieve in New Orleans (“Insecurity”). Artemis confirms Cheshire identity although her team-mates are still not aware that the two women are sisters. They are all shocked to find Cheshire’s jet crashed and abandoned. The Team investigate more closely before Home Land Security and the NTSB turn up (Robin hacked the Watchtower’s sensors to get the alert before Batman does). Aqualad calls Cheshire and the case she was carrying the Team’s “unfinished business”.
Superboy’s observation that there are no bodies in the crash draws Cheshire out of hiding. The Light can no longer tolerate the Team’s interference so they have been draw into an ambush by the Riddler, Shimmer, Mammoth, Cheshire, and a platoon of League of Shadows goons. The badguys hope to stop them escaping with an energy shield, but Zatanna blankets the interior with a snow storm negating the badguy’s advantage. Aqualad orders Superboy to attack the pylons creating the energy shield so he uses his last of his power boosting s-shield patches. However, Superboy is attacked by Mammoth and loses control of his temper. His onslaught against Mammoth causes a landslide that almost buries Artemis. Cheshire pushes her out-of-the-way before admitting that she doesn’t actually want her dead. Cheshire then vanishes leaving the other bad guys to their fates.
The Team return to the Hall of Justice with the retrieved brief case. Batman once again takes them to task for hacking Justice League computers before congratulating them on their victory. By capturing Shimmer and Mammoth, criminals who are still listed as prisoners of Belle Reve, they’ve proven that Warden Hugo Strange is dirty. The brief case contains small biotechology devices which are integrated with some form of nano-technology. Batman takes the devices to the Watchtower for further study. After the Leaguers are gone, Robin points out that the Team were set-up and there may still be a mole on the Team. Aqualad questions Superboy about his recent behaviour – his loss of control and his new powers – Superboy is about to walk away when hears a hypersonic signal from Lex Luthor. Superboy then tells the Team that there is something that he needs to do.
Superboy takes the Super-Cycle and Wolf to Santa Prisca where he meets Lex Luthor, Queen Bee, and Mercy (Luthor’s bodyguard). They are then joined by the Sportsmaster, Blockbuster, and Bane who has given his permission for the Light to use the Island. Lex Luthor accepts Superboy’s suggestion that they have been behind everything since the beginning, but adds that he has many friends. A helicopter then joins them carrying Cheshire and Artemis who go to stand beside their father, the Sportsmaster. They are then joined by Miss Martian who is assured by the Queen Bee that her secret is still safe. Superboy tells Luthor he’ll join the conspiracy in return for more s-shields, but Luthor calls him a “terrible liar” and shuts him down with the “red sun” codeword. Artemis then stands forward and asks, “What do you want us to do?”
Flashback to hours earlier — as Superboy tells the Team how he went back to Cadmus (“Agendas”). They are as shocked as he was to find out that his biological “father”/human-DNA-donar is Lex Luthor. Superboy then says that Luthor has summoned him to Santa Prisca. Artemis then confesses that Superboy is not the only person suffering from bad DNA and reveals that the Sportsmaster is her father and Cheshire is her sister. Cheshire has been sent to fly her to Santa Prisca too. Following Superboy and Artemis’s revelations Kid Flash jokes “Who’s next?”, but he apologizes after Miss Martian says she is. The Queen Bee has been blackmailing her about her true Martian form. Her true appearance causes many of them to gasp and step back (with the exception of Aqualad and Superboy). Superboy takes Megan’s hand and tells her that he’s known since they mind melded in the Bialyian Desert and that it doesn’t make a difference to him.
Each of the Light’s attempts to blackmail or corrupt the Team has failed and they’ve come to Santa Prisca to stage their own ambush. The Sportsmaster tells Artemis and Miss Martian to follow him while Queen Bee and Lex Luthor reprogram Superboy. Blockbuster is about to bring Superboy along when Artemis shows her own colours. She stops Blockbuster dead with a calcifying foam arrow and then calls to her father that she won’t let them mess with Superboy’s head. The Queen Bee telepathically orders Miss Martian to take Artemis down, but she instead uses her telekinesis to lift her friend out of harms way. Miss Martian telekinetically knocks out the Queen Bee preventing her from messing with Superboy’s mind.
Luthor realises that the three teens are not joining him and orders his allies to attack. Superboy is overpowered by Blockbuster and Bane’s fighters lay down an impressive field of fire with Intergang weaponry before the Super-Cycle responds. Sportsmaster and Cheshire turn on Artemis and he bats aside her arrows. It’s then that Miss Martian telepathically calls in the other members of the Team. Luthor picks up the unconscious Queen Bee and announces that it’s time to go. Aqualad blocks their path, but Mercy’s cybernetic canon stuns him. Luthor’s helicopter takes off and Rocket eagerly flies after it. However, a barrage of missiles drives her back and Aqualad signals that she’s needed on the ground.
Zatanna creates the illusion of a flock of Robins, the teen crime-fighters confuses Bane until the real one can get close enough to tazer him through his venom-port. Superboy is still slugging it out with Blockbuster when Miss Martian comes to his aid. Aqualad and Rocket then use Apokoliptian weaponry confiscated from Bane’s fighters to stun and immobilize Blockbuster. The Sportsmaster’s relentless pursuit of Artemis through the Santa Priscan jungle ends in the same way as Aqualad immobilizes him. The villain shouts to Cheshire for help, but she sees the way he’s turned on Artemis and leaves him to his fate. Artemis then gives his mask to Kid Flash as a souvenir. With the badguys defeated of fled, Aqualad tells the Team that it has been a good day.
Meanwhile at the Watchtower, Batman is studying the biotech-chips the Team liberated from Riddler’s gang. He describes the bio-circuitry as “disturbingly sophisticated”. He doesn’t pay much attention to Red Arrow until he places one of the chips on Batman’s neck. It instantly sinks under his cowl and Batman’s eyes go wide. Batman and Red Arrow then join the rest of the Justice League in the central hall. They are all stood to attention. Batman overrides the League’s zeta-tune security and allows Vandal Savage to beam aboard. The entire League, with the exception of Red Arrow, then drop to their knees. Red Arrow reaches to his own head as whatever command is controlling him lifts. The stunned hero asks out loud “I… I was the mole?!” Savage replies that “Yes, yes you were.”
- This episode takes place on December 30th, the day before New Year’s Eve.
- Superman states that the Justice League’s mission is deal with threats too powerful for any one of them to face alone and to uphold the values of “truth, liberty, and justice”.
- Doctor Fate, Plastic Man, the Atom, Icon and Red Arrow are inducted into the Justice League. Captain Marvel retains his membership following the revelation of Billy Batson’s age. Doctor Fate “inherits” Zatara’s membership. The Atom is member number 18. Black Canary’s code is 13.
- Atlantis is not part of the United Nations (question from one of the TV reporters).
- Being a White Martian causes Megan to suffer constant rejection growing up amongst the Green Martians on Mars.
- Smoky Mountains. Strange amid such a great episode I know, but I thought those matt paintings are beautiful.
- Nothing that I can think of.
This was a great episode that packs in two confrontations with the bad-guys and a heck of a lot of plot. There wasn’t any new massive pieces of DC mythology as such, but almost every element that had been introduced during the series is referenced or shown. As the penultimate episode of Young Justice’s first season this sees Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis finally come clean about their various dalliances with the Light. The conclusion to that is nicely handled as they all come clean and get on with the job at hand. The maturity of the characters is refreshing. There aren’t any recriminations and everybody seems happy with the results. Even Lex Luthor is gentlemanly enough to take the Queen Bee with him when he escapes from Santa Prisca.
Of all the Milestone titles it was Icon that intrigued me the most. I loved the idea of this alien living out his days a reclusive southern lawyer who is then dragged kicking and screaming into the superhero world by this spitfire of a sidekick. None of the similar Superman level characters (Superman, Supreme, Majestic, Captain Marvel, Apollo, etc) ever really had a teenage sidekick and that made Icon and Rocket unique. She does skirt the “sassy black girl” cliché at times, but not to gross degree.