It’s been almost six years since Young Justice, one of DC Comics greatest cartoons, was canceled by Cartoon Network. So when it was revealed that the show would return on the DC Universe (DC’s streaming service), the fandom rejoiced.
For two seasons, Young Justice delivered a more mature and complex storyline to fit in with the juvenile heroes as they stepped out of their mentor’s shadow. Prior to the animated series dissolution, the show unequivocally killed off the beloved Wally West and confirmed the arrival the of Darksied.
Young Justice will be returning for a third season, making it the second series to debut on DC Universe’s new streaming platform. I was fortunate enough to view the first three episodes of the season.
I am pleased to report, Young Justice: Outsiders doesn’t disappoint. It delves straight back into the action and storylines that were established before its cancellation. Fans will be enthralled to hear the original cast making their returns to provide the voices for our favorite heroes. We also receive some additional new heroes that get introduced as well. It almost feels like reconnecting amidst lost friends all the while creating new relationships at the same time.
What Makes It Great
Producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti haven’t lost their touch. When most shows return after a long absence, they never quite reach the heights they once did. I’m here to assure you that the show is back and better than ever.
I’m wincing as I write this review, mainly due to the fact I want to gush about everything I’ve seen thus far. But I also don’t want to ruin anything for the fans since they deserve to experience it without any preconceived notions. Especially after waiting all this time for season three.
Outsiders is a great continuation of the series. The animation has been modernized and the show feels fresh. It also maintains the familiarity and charm of previous seasons that will want you to continue watching. The storyline tips the scale towards the darker, more adult theme side, as our heroes mature simultaneously with its fanbase. And the series does a great job of dealing with its delicate topics, such as child trafficking.
I have nothing but admiration for this show and highly suggest you binge-watch the previous 2 seasons if you haven’t already (easily done in a day). This series is an absolute gem and I’m grateful to all those who campained for its return. The show feels complete once again. Outsiders recapitulated what worked for the series, and continues an incredible new chapter that I can’t wait to explore how it plays out.
Young Justice: Outsiders debuts Friday, January 4 on the DC Universe.