Young Justice, Episode 2.8: “Satisfaction”

I am looking at Season Two of the Young Justice animated series, examining its origins in comic book lore and how the show develops its complex mixture of characters and plots. I’m writing as I watch each episode, so Spoilers for everything up to that far in the season.


The series continues its technique of advancing some plot elements surprisingly quickly. Discovered a few episodes back, the original Roy Harper has been rescued and is now recovering in hospital. We see Red Arrow’s sharp edged personality is true to his younger “self.” I don’t think this idea of their being two Roy’s appears in comics (as common as superhero clones are) but I could be wrong. I’m avoiding doing research beyond my own comic reading to avoid spoilers. The hero name “Arsenal” that he adopts is the more commonly used one by the adult Roy as he moves beyond being Green Arrow’s sidekick.

The consequences of Artemis’s fake death continue to cast a shadow across the show. The Justice League has a secret memorial to fallen heroes, secret to conceal the mortality of superheroes. It contrasts with the situation in comics where heroes die and come back to life so often even the characters themselves comment on it.  Besides Artemis, there are statues of the Ted Kord Blue Beetle, Tula, the Aquagirl who was active during the five year break, and… the Jason Todd Robin, who I was wondering about since it’s Tim Drake who is wearing the Robin costume now. Jason was the Robin famously killed by the Joker as part of (probably fake) poll given to readers who wanted to vote on his fate. Jason, in comics, of course eventually comes back to life becoming the antihero Red Hood (all four characters who have been “Robin” have died and been reborn at one time or another). As always we don’t know where the show is going to take things in its own, distinct continuity.

There’s plenty of tensions in the Green Arrow “Family,” between Ollie, the two Roys, and Artemis. Green Arrow has gotten a lot of attention as a character from his long-running live action show, but he’s often mostly a joke in other media. He is usually most successfully portrayed as clownish second-banana to his wife, Black Canary.


This episode is ultimately stolen by the imperturbable Lex Luthor. Lex is a character who has grown rich, layer by layer, from all the different interpretations he’s had over the years. It was the Richard Donner Superman movie in 1978 and the 1986 reboot of the Man of Steel comic by John Byrne that transformed Luther from mad scientist to scheming business man. The 1996 Superman: The Animated Series further established Lex as the impeccably tailored mastermind he mostly commonly appears today. That series also introduced his chauffer and bodyguard Mercy Graves, who became popular enough to transfer into main DC Comic continuity (much as Harley Quinn did). Young Justice adds a new feature to Mercy by making her a cyborg living weapon. This episode also show Lex’s head of security is named “Otis,” bringing the homage circle back to the Donner Superman.

An amusing side story this episode was the unfortunate Captain Cold having the bad luck to attempt a robbery across the street from a superheroine bridal shower. It raises the eternal question of why villains ever think they can get away with crimes in broad daylight in cities overflowing with metahuman vigilantes. The Captain Cold of Young Justice continuity is an old school, snickering baddy, not the conflicted, multi-layered that Leonard Snart has become in various Flash stories in recent years.

Young Justice, Episode 2.7: “Depths”

I am looking at Season Two of the Young Justice animated series, examining its origins in comic book lore and how the show develops its complex mixture of characters and plots.

Serious warning about Spoilers this time, as the plot of this season takes some major twists here.

This episode is focused on one sequence of events, unlike the previous few. There are some side scenes, but one main storyline – which is good given how complicated things are now. For instance when Miss Martian and Superboy were masquerading as Martian Manhunter and Superman, to hide from public knowledge that their elders were off-planet being tried in space-court, I thought “Oh yeah, there’s all that going on, isn’t there…” Nightwing attempts to frame the central, big picture issue as the need to discover The Light’s unknown, extraterrestrial partner. But even that gets murky when you review what has gone on so far. The Light seemed to be working with the Kroloteans, but then betrayed them to a “Competitor.” We’ve seen the evidence of Apokolips at work on Earth, so is Darkseid this Competitor? Other evidence points to the aliens behind Blue Beetle’s Scarab, but nobody in the show seems to know yet that the Scarab even has extraterrestrial origins…

M’gann and Conner

There are still the usual parallel stories of the heroes’ external goals – stopping an attack on a rocket launch – and their internal issues. Here that is the simmering conflict of the Conner, M’gann, and La’gaan triangle. Lagoon Boy is showing his immaturity and inexperience by acting against orders for personal reasons, as the original members tended to do in early episodes, before learning to act together as a team. That suggests a reason why the show decided to introduce a set of new characters this season. The veterans are a little too competent (likewise the show has established reasons why powerhouses and masterminds such as Superman and Batman aren’t around to handle everything). The more senior Team members do still have their troubles. We learn that what broke up Conner and M’gann was not just that she was starting to use her mental powers more ruthlessly, but that she also tried to use them to make Conner less upset about it. That’s a pretty serious violation of their trust. But it doesn’t get in the way of them doing their job, as they continue to work together efficiently with minimal distractions, unlike La’gann who gets careless and is taken captive.

Carrol Ferris

Two elements of DC Comics lore stood out this time. That rocket launch is being carried out by Ferris Aircraft, one of DC Comics go-to benevolent businesses. Carol Ferris was originally the token girlfriend of Green Lantern in the 60’s and 70’s, but in more recent times is portrayed as the CEO of her family’s company. In her Young Justice appearance she’s wearing a purple jacket and lipstick, which is an homage to her history of becoming the supervillain Star Sapphire. We don’t know yet if that’s her destiny in Young Justice’s continuity yet.

Glorious Godfrey

Also pundit G. Gordon Godfrey make one of this usual rabble rousing appearance, railing against the threat of aliens to Earth. This continues to be extra ominous to comic fans, knowing that not only is “Glorious Godfrey” a scheming badguy, he is to all intent and purposes a God of Deception and Persuasion from Apokolips

The game-changing reveal in this episode was of the deep undercover operation that the elder members of the Team have been engaged in. I am not sure how I feel about it. It is very clever and I didn’t see it coming. It fits with the Team as a Black Ops squad more than a strike force. Yet I liked the potential for emotional conflict that having Kaldur turn badguy had suggested. The series is recognizing that this trick is not without consequences. The staged “death” of Artemis has real emotional consequences on those who are not part of the plan and I expect the deception to have long lasting reverberations.

Young Justice, Episode 2.6: “Bloodlines”

I am looking at Season Two of the Young Justice animated series, examining its origins in comic book lore and how the show develops its complex mixture of characters and plots. I’m writing as I watch each episode, so Spoilers for everything up to that far in the season.

Invasion Cover

Recovered intel from previous missions provides our heroes a clue about what has been going on: the aliens they’ve encountered recently are interested in something called a “meta-gene” found in some humans. That was a forehead slapping moment for me. This season of Young Justice is subtitled “Invasion” but I hadn’t made the connection the 1989 comic mini-series/event by that name. In the “Invasion” storyline, various extraterrestrial species were cooperating to deal with Earth and its troublesome inhabitants because of the genetics that can trigger the development of superpowers. If that’s what’s going on in the show too, it reveals a lot of potential missing pieces in the puzzle of current events, and of last season as well.

The main plot doesn’t directly follow up on this. This is a Flash centered episode, with four generations of Flashes together at one point, with the introduction of Impulse, Barry Allen’s grandson from the future. The passing down of the mantle of Flash is one of DC Comics’ strongest hero legacies. Impulse plays the part of an excited time-tourist, but he clearly has an agenda. Just how accidental are his occasional “spoilers” about the future? A reoccurring element in stories about the Barry Allen Flash, in whatever medium, is that he is self-sacrificing. As a character, he was actually dead for quite a few years after giving his life to save the Universe in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths mini-series. Impulse sure seems to besubtly influencing things to save Flash from what might have been his historical demise in this timeline.

Flash in Crisis

Barry Allen’s Flash is portrayed very much as a classic superhero from the Silver Age with an old-fashioned Boy Scout attitude and silly quips, intentionally out of place with the tone of the rest of the show. We are also shown another example of the series maintaining differences in power-level between characters. For a lot of Wally West’s carrier as Kid Flash (until he discovered the Speed Force) he struggled with not being as fast as Barry, and had difficulty with some of the physics defying feats the elder Flash performed routinely. Bart seems to have those full abilities, and he and Barry might be as much faster than Wally than Wally is from a non-powered person. I still wonder if Wally retired because he found his speed inadequate or unreliable.

The immediate threat in this episode, Neutron, is a minor villain who pops up here and there in comics. His Young Justice design seems very anime-influnced, resembling Asuka’s Eva Unit 02 from Neon Genesis Evangelion. His spheres of destruction also have a look made classic by Katushio Otomo’s Akira. When he has a chance, Bart reveals at least one of his secret missions in this time: giving Neutron a cure for his destructive powers. This was supposed to also help cure the apocalyptic future 40 years from now, that we are shown Bart came from. While it does help Neutron in that future, it doesn’t fix everything. Changing time, “crashing the mode” as they call it, appears harder than they expected. We viewers are also given a little more information: scenes of unknown figures who have created Neutron, perhaps as an experiment in controlling the meta-genes. They speak in chittering alien voices and could be the Dominators who were central to the Invasion storyline in comics.

Lone Wolf

In the “meanwhile” department of this episode, Red Arrow and Cheshire’s quest to find the original Roy reaches a remote monastery and leads to a lot of ninja action. Cheshire continues to carry their daughter around in a sling under her costume. That might be just a “Lone Wolf and Cub” reference, but she also seems to play on Arrow’s sense of fatherly duty when necessary. I still don’t trust her. They do find the first Roy, as we were shown him last season, in suspended animation, missing his right arm. With this and the Impulse storyline we are in areas where I haven’t read the comics they might be adapting or taking inspiration from, so rather than the comic nerd recognizing classic references or Easter eggs, I’m becoming a viewer experiencing events for the first time.

Young Justice, Episode 2.5: “Beneath”

I am looking at Season Two of the Young Justice animated series, examining its origins in comic book lore and how the show develops its complex mixture of characters and plots. I’m writing as I watch each episode, so Spoilers for everything up to that far in the season.

New Characters

Young Justice: Invasion continues using an A plot/B plot structure. Most of this episode is action oriented, with heroes once again essentially invading a sovereign nation, as they did often in last season. One assumes that Queen Bee doesn’t want the international attention that calling out the League on this would bring. There’s a lot mention of “Boom Tube activity” but the show remains unclear about how much the heroes know what this means. Superboy has encountered the New Gods but has he shared the little he knows? The show may be getting a little overwhelmed in the amount of DC Universe lore they are trying to juggle. I’d like a line or two about characters’ wondering: “We still don’t know where these boom tubes come from or who is supplying this advanced tech.” Or the opposite, someone acknowledging the existence of New Genesis, Apokolips, and whatever else about Jack Kirby’s Fourth world the show plans on adding to the already thick stew of comic ideas.

The popular hero team comics of the 80’s — Teen Titans, X-Men, Legion of Superheroes — transformed how superhero stories were told, with any given issue including many different, simultaneous plotlines. The best of these stories would be well-paced, balanced, and would ultimately tie everything together into a satisfying conclusion. They’d also occasionally be muddled messes that wandered, lost energy, or forgot events and left questions forever unresolved. For Young Justice, this risk increases as new characters are getting added with each episode.

The addition of these new characters emphasizes the way the show assumes knowledge from comics, or at least of comics. There isn’t anything like a “normal” character, a non-powered observer, such as a Jimmy Olsen, to ground things or give the reader someone to identify with. This is a world of super powered costumed heroes, we take that as a given and go. Connecting the viewer with all these heroes can be a challenge. Seeing them in action does show a little of the personalities of new characters such as Wonder Girl, Batgirl, and Bumble Bee, but not yet much of them as people and teammates.

In wrapping up the events of the action parts of the episode, the show indulges in an element frequently used last season, one which was already starting to bother me. The heroes have accomplished something, in this case freeing a plane load of abducted children. Immediately this victory is undercut by the bad guys saying “It doesn’t matter, we have another shipment of captives.” For me that undoes the feeling that the story is progressing, and that characters are having an effect on what is happening.

Apache Chief

The B plot looks at even more characters, though the situation is more personal. Jamie, our new Blue Beetle, looking for his missing friend Tye, who may be on the run from his mother’s abusive boyfriend (though it turns out he is one of the abducted). It’s not immediately apparent, but the show is taking some already complicated DC Comics lore to a new level. Back in the late 1970’s the Saturday morning Superfriends cartoon added some new heroes to the Justice league in what passed, back then, for greater representation. Among them has a Native American hero “Apache Chief,” who could grow to giant size. In 2004, Justice League Unlimted presented a story about a team of heroes genetically engineered by Project Cadmus. These characters were very obviously based on those old Superfriends characters. Among them has a Native American who could grow huge, but used the much cooler name “Long Shadow.” So now that Young Justice has introduced a character named Tye Longshadow, we can kind of guess something of what is to come…

Young Justice, Episode 2.4: “Salvage”

I am looking at Season Two of the Young Justice animated series, examining its origins in comic book lore and how the show develops its complex mixture of characters and plots. I’m writing as I watch each episode, so Spoilers for everything up to that far in the season.

This season is leaning heavily on the mysteries of the five years that passed between it and last season. That can be an effective storytelling technique, but also can become tiresome, if used too much for just for shock value about things the characters know that we as viewers don’t.

This episode is divided into distinct A-plot and B-plots, with one being focused on superhero action, and the other more about character and those five years. The title of the episode has resonance with both plots: one deals with an attempt by villains to use the remnants of an alien invasion to their own purposes; the other suggests the efforts to rebuild or recover a life from the wreckage of bad fortune and bad decisions.


We follow Superboy and Blue Beetle out on a mission. They are investigating the criminal organization Intergang, which has been getting its hands on Apokolips technology. This is a typical MO for Intergang. Along with most everything Darkseid/Apokolips related, they are a creation of Jack Kirby during his time at DC Comics. So far it’s unclear how much if anything the world at large knows about Apokolips.

Some interesting backstory about Blue Beetle comes up here. As in the comics, our current Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, has only recently taken on that name, inheriting it from Ted Kord. Ted was a gadget hero, without metahuman powers (he’s the model for Owlman in Watchmen). He is credited as having developed the advanced battle suit our new Blue Beetle uses and was murdered by the Light. The series is making its usual mixture of past and updated comic lore. Traditionally Kord was murdered by a conspiracy he has investigating, but the “Scarab,” the heart of the battle suit, was an alien device that only activated when Jaime found it. Will that be true is the Young Justice world? Was Kord lying about creating it, or is everyone else mistaken? Its extraterrestrial origins are supported by the Scarab knowing something about Apokolips technology, referring to it as “incompatible” with its own systems. We also see that the Light is still involved in most everything nefarious going on. Two shadowy observers are around. One is revealed as Sportsmaster, but the other is unknown.


Meanwhile, several other heroes are tracking down Red Arrow, who has gone rogue. He’s fighting crime, but pocketing some of the spoils. When we first see this rough, unshaved Roy I wondered if the show would actually take a plot from a classic 70’s comic where he becomes a heroin addict. It turns out he’s on a lone hunt for the original Speedy, whom he was cloned from. The other heroes have given up after years of searching. A few more bits of backstory are served up, such as that Wally West (who we haven’t seen so far this season) has retired from superheroing (which made me wonder if he’d lost his powers, since his speed is the comics is often unstable). Roy refuses to give up and rejoin the others. He doesn’t consider himself a “real” person, even after Nightwing points out that the Team has only known him during their whole friendship.

A pair of domestic scenes fill in a little more. Wally we see is now living with Artemis. Their relationship was just starting to take off last season. He eating habits remain unchanged, so it suggests he still has his speed. Why he gave up being Kid Flash we don’t know.

An interesting parallel scene shows Roy encountering Cheshire (who is Artemis’s sister remember), with whom he was not only once married, but also fathered a daughter. She is willing to help him find Speedy, believing that he is still captive of the Light. We know that this is true from last season. But should we trust the sincerity of Cheshire’s intensions…? (I don’t think so).

Young Justice Episode 2.3: “Alienated”

I am looking at Season Two of the Young Justice animated series, examining its origins in comic book lore and how the show develops its complex mixture of characters and plots. I’m writing as I watch each episode, so Spoilers for everything up to that far in the season.


Besides all the superheroes, villains, monsters, space aliens, etc., the fictional world of the DC Universe has a cast of ordinary, everyday folks. These characters are often associated with a particular hero and their immediate domain — Lois Lane in Superman comics, Alfred in Batman stories. Some might start that way, and then eventually graduate into the world at large. In Season One of Young Justice whenever a TV new report was used for exposition, it would be Cat Grant reporting. Grant got her start as a Daily Planet gossip columnist, and is now a national reporter and anchor. Bibbo Bibbowski is another Superman character whom writers can’t resist using, usually as the owner of a Metropolis diner or club. Momentarily it seemed like Young Justice was going to make him into an alien agent. It was a relief when we saw he was just one of the abductees the Kroloteans had duplicated.

With all the scheming and evil plans and unknown factions in the show, it’s hard to be sure what the balance of power is or who is allied with whom. The Kroloteans appear to be working with the Light, since a group is rescued by Black Manta. Manta was an agent of the Light last season, now we see him promoted to full membership, as a replacement for the “disgraced Ocean Master” So, more backstory that needs filling in. This entire episode is structured around the consequences of backstory we don’t know yet. The Kroloteans are worried about a mysterious Competitor and by the end of the episode it turns out the Light is now working with the Competitor. Given how complex the bad guys’ scheme was last season, and that it was just part of a larger plot that continues to unfold, there’s no telling how tangled this all really is.

Taking out the Krolotean/Black Manta base is the main focus of this episode, and it makes for an all out superhero battle scene. Previous episodes have had the Team going off on side missions separate from the Justice League, now we see them working together, and quite effectively as well. Several student/teacher relationships have developed over the past five years. It can be an almost scary thing to see the “Batman Family” working so closely and efficiently as a unit. As the superhero comic fan that I am, I am pleased at how the show respects these characters’ relatively levels of power. A lot of them have “super strength” but are not equally strong. Wonder Woman can lasso a robot tank and hurl it across the room, while Wonder Girl, using the same maneuver, only tears the robot’s head off. When you are a nerdy kid reading comics, like I was, questions about what a superhero can do, who is actually stronger than whom, are important.

The high point of the whole battle was seeing Superman and Superboy working together. At the end of last season it was a big step forward that had finally managed to actually talk to each other. Here we see that their relationship has grown. They’ve gotten to know edge other, and trained together. When Superman addresses Conner as “little brother” everything falls into place. Conner had been trying to look to Superman as a father, which he was not at all comfortable with — and that relationship was clearly a mistake. They aren’t and can’t be “Father and Son,” but brothers works perfectly. For me the show doesn’t even need to go into any more detail. “Little brother” explains it all.


What will need some explaining is Aqualad. I’d noticed that the former leader of the Team hasn’t been around. As a new character created for the show, his backstory and character arc were open, free of any comic history. The revelation that he’s Black Manta’s son, that he’s joined his father in working against the heroes was a complete shock. The characters know about how this development occurred, but we as viewers will have to put together pieces as they are played. Aqualad’s parentage was hidden from him. His former girlfriend Tula, who took on the identify of AquaGirl at some point, died on a mission. Feeling betrayed, he turned to his father, against Aquaman. “Blood is thicker than sea water.”

The poor Kroloteans, attacked by superheroes and betrayed by their former allies, appeared doomed as their base counts down to destruction. I wasn’t expecting Superman, a character mostly in the background of this show, to be given a dramatic character moment. As the other heroes escape, Superman stays behind begging the panicking aliens to let him help them. They refuse, and are obliterated in an explosion big enough to knock out Superman as well. He’s rescued though, and when Wonder Woman says he’ll be all right, Superboy adds “He didn’t save the Kroloteans. He won’t be all right with that.” That’s a great understanding of who Superman is as a hero, and that Superboy understands that as well.

League on Rimbor

Kroloteans’ distrust Superman appears to be the result of the Light’s plan. The mind-controlled Leaguers had been sent to Rimbor to cause havoc and make the galaxy fear them. Isolating the Earth and its heroes would be of benefit to whatever they are up to. The heroes, who do stand for “Justice” after all, decide to turn themselves in, surrendering to the jurisdiction of the Green Lantern Corps. They are accompanied by Icon, who it is noted, is familiar with intergalactic law. In the show Icon is a well-known hero everyone is familiar with, even though he, along with his daughter Rocket, have only recently been incorporated into the DC Universe from another line of comics. The process by which DC acquires other publishers’ characters and merges them with their own overflowing cast has a long history, which I might go into if Icon becomes a bigger part of the story,

Season Two has shown us the characters maturing, and strengthening their sense of who they are and of their relationships with other. There are also more and more examples of where relationships have broken and fallen apart, and that past mistakes continue to have consequences.

Young Justice Episode 2.2: “Earthlings”

I am looking at Season Two of the Young Justice animated series, examining its origins in comic book lore and how the show develops its complex mixture of characters and plots. I’m writing as I watch each episode, so Spoilers for everything up to that far in the season.

Adam Strange

Adam Strange is one of the characters I associate with my earliest days of reading comics. He is a sci-fi action hero, created in 1954, in the tradition of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, John Carter, etc. The (mostly) ordinary human thrown into a science fiction setting and rising to the call of heroism. Adam Strange stories had the gimmick that each one opened with Strange rushing to some remote or dangerous location in order to be in the right place to encounter the “Zeta-beam” that would transport him across space to the planet Rann where love and adventure waited. Over the years there have been many attempts to update or modernize the character, often turning this light sci-fi adventure into something grim, gritty, and dystopian.

Young Justice is more restrained in their adaption of the character. We’ve known since the first episode and its mention of “Zeta-Tubes” that Strange would likely show up at some point. Here he is an engineer who invented the teleportation technology and his jaunts to Rann, while still originally an accident, are not so limited. In the comics, the people of Rann were humanoids exactly identical to Caucasian Europeans, as were so many space aliens of the era. Here, while still pretty human, they have at least different skin tone and pointy ears. Strange is no hero yet, though this episode points him down that path, and provides him with his signature jetpack and raygun.

Strange is accompanying a squad of the Team to Rann in order to investigate the theft of Zeta-technology by the aliens who have infiltrated Earth. On the mission are Superboy, Miss Martian, and Beast Boy – who provides us with our second helping of deep comic book lore in this episode.

Back in Season One’s “Image” we met the actor turned conservationist Marie Logan – whom Megan molded herself on when she needed a human identity. Marie has a young son, Garfield. When Gar is injured and needs emergency medical care, he receives a blood transfusion from Megan, since as a shapeshifter she can change her blood into the necessary type. It all goes well, and that’s the last we see of the Logans in Season One.

Beast Boy

Anyone familiar with Teen Titans would know what would result from this. Now Gar himself is green-skinned and can change into any animal – and refers to Megan as “Sis.” That a transfusion of Martian blood gave him his powers is a smart and logical update to his origins, where before he just received a vaguely explained experimental treatment: all that was needed in a simpler era of comics. None of these details are actually covered yet in the show, but it’s not hard to connect the dots. You have two green-skinned shape changing superheroes, in makes sense to find a way to connect them. There’s one additional glimpse into Gar’s life: it seems his mother was murdered by Queen Bee in revenge for the events in Season One. Megan appears to be looking after him now and we don’t yet know if, as in comics, Gar was at one point adopted by Rita Farr and Steve Dayton (Elasti-Girl and Mento from Doom Patrol).

As much fun as these journeys into comic lore are, the biggest character moment of the episode is the glimpse into why Megan and Conner broke up. Throughout their mission, Miss Martian is efficient and taciturn. She’s not playing “Hello, Megan” any more. She and Superboy work together professionally, but coldly (though Gar seems determined to have them recall past good times). In a quiet moment with Alanna, their guide on Rann, Conner reveals some of what’s happened between him and Megan. It was his decision to break things off. “She left me no choice,” he says, but no more.

We see more though. Once the Krolotean operation on Rann is uncovered, Miss Martian forcibly mind scans one of the aliens, leaving him a drooling husk, his mind crushed. This is more merciless that we have ever seen her before. It contrasts with Alanna, who makes an effort to save the life of a Krolotean, even as he was trying to kill her. At some point over the past five years Megan seems to have made the call to cross a line. In Season One it was Superboy who insisted that she not force herself on other being’s minds. Having been created to be a mind-controlled slave himself, he knows what it is like. Whatever happened to change Megan, Conner seems unable to forgive her decision.

Ultra Boy

Miss Martian did get the information she was looking for, ominously proclaiming “I know what happened on Rimbor.” Rimbor was the planet the mind-controlled Justice Leaguers went to during their missing hours. It is also another part of the cosmic scale DC Universe, being the home planet of Ultra Boy, a character from the Legion of Superheroes, another sci-fi superhero stable of DC, though one set a 1000 years in the future. Young Justice is tying together a lot worlds and comic book history into the one storyline.