Monday, March 26, 2007

On Sale: JLU Season 2

Here's a reminder that Justice League Unlimited: Season Two is now available on DVD from Warner Home Video, part of the "DC Comics Classic Collection." The set includes the final thirteen episodes of the animated series on two discs. This collection is another must-have for Flash fans. In addition to the action-packed series finale--an epic adventure featuring Gorilla Grodd and the Legion of Doom--two episodes stand out. In "The Great Brain Robbery," Michael Rosenbaum and Clancy Brown trade roles as the Flash and Lex Luthor unexpectedly swap minds. Hilarity ensues. In "Flash and Substance," the monarch of motion takes center stage to battle his famous Rogues Gallery alongside Batman and Orion. This excellent episode features many elements from the Flash's mythology and nods to classic comic adventures.

In the final 13 episodes of Justice League Unlimited, Grodd recruits Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Bizarro, Giganta, and hordes of other villains to form the Legion of Doom, leading to numerous action-packed episodes of villains fighting the superheroes of the expanded JLU. The core members of the original series--Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Flash, and Green Lantern--are supplemented by such heroes as Green Arrow, Black Canary, Supergirl, Red Tornado, and Mister Terrific. But even waves of super-beings would be a bore if the stories weren't compelling and well-thought-out, and dashed with humor. It's the respect for the viewer's intelligence that elevates JLU beyond a kids' series to arguably the best animated-superhero show ever.

4 comments:

steve said...

I love that they have the Trickster in the JLU episodes, and its even better knowing that Mark Hamill does the voice (of the Trickster) in this too!

Dixon said...

Yes! It's a hoot to see Mark Hamill reprising his role as the Trickster from the live action television series. I love the sympathetic characterization they grant him in this Justice League Unlimited episode, too.

West said...

That last line is gold.

Truer words, meine freunde...

Kelson said...

That bit with the Trickster was my favorite part of the episode, even before I realized Mark Hamill had reprised the voice.