Top 10: New Characters for Young Justice by Jerry Whitworth
The latest season of Young Justice introduced dozens of new characters. From front-and-center heroes like Halo, Cyborg, Geo-Force, Forager, and Terra to villains like Cassandra Savage, Lady Shiva, Holocaust, and the Shade to new Justice Leaguers in Steel, Batwoman, Metamorpho, Katana, Elongated Man, and Hardware to the Super-Sons Damian Wayne and Jon Kent to entire teams with the Doom Patrol, Suicide Squad, Newsboy Legion, and Infinity, Inc., Outsiders was loaded with new faces. There were even two versions of the Thunder and Lightning duo, one as Vandal Savage/Genghis Khan’s sons as well as Black Lightning’s daughters! So, it should come as little surprise that the coming fourth season is sure to grow its cast that much larger (especially considering the final scene examined in detail here). Lets take a look at some likely candidates.
Young Justice Season Four Tease by Jerry Whitworth
Young Justice: Outsiders, the third season of Young Justice available exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service, finished its run toward the end of August with a significant tease toward whats to come in the upcoming season (which was confirmed to be in development in July at San Diego Comic-Con). For those who haven’t seen the season finale yet, major SPOILERS are ahead. In the final moments of “Nevermore,” which featured Darkseid’s failed bid to conquer the universe, some of Earth’s heroes were celebrating their victory at Bibbo’s Diner when a blonde-haired waitress is shown pouring coffee while wearing a Legion of Super-Heroes flight ring. As the name implies, the ring is given to every member of the 30th/31st-century superhero organization allowing them a number of capabilities including flight, travel through outer space and underwater, and communication with each other. Undoubtedly, the scene was included to get people talking about what could be coming in the fourth season so by all means, lets talk.
Power Rangers and the Rise of Anime in America by Jerry Whitworth
Anime (Japanese animation) has made its way to the United States for decades. Astro Boy, Gigantor, and Speed Racer paved the way for Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers which lead to Voltron and Robotech. Series trickled in slowly until the 1990s where it seemed like a veritable explosion lead to anime becoming staples of programming blocks like Fox Kids, Kids’ WB, and Toonami. The rise in popularity of anime is generally attributed to the cultural phenomenon of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Debuting in 1993, Power Rangers was created by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy using footage from Japanese production studio Toei and its super sentai series. The relationship between America and super sentai predated Power Rangers, super sentai owing a fair deal of its life to a relationship between Toei and Marvel Comics. Super sentai toys were even produced in the United States by Mattel as part of their Shogun Warriors line (itself bringing anime to the US in Force Five), the line which created Marvel’s initial arrangement with Toei. By the time Power Rangers captivated America, super sentai existed for nearly two decades in Japan inspiring content there over that time (aforementioned series like Battle of the Planets likely helped inspire super sentai where Voltron was produced by Toei and aired the same year as Marvel and Toei’s final co-produced super sentai series). The first anime series to come to America based on the popularity of Power Rangers was Ronin Warriors in 1995.