Young Justice (Cartoon Network)
The other major superhero cartoon of the season is "Young Justice", which premiered on Cartoon Network last week as a one-hour feature, with half-hour episodes to follow after the first of the year. As much as I've been enjoying "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes", this is a much better show. From the very first scene (shown above with about 6 minutes of other footage), you know you're watching something great. The writing -- led by "Spectacular Spider-Man" & "Gargoyles" veteran Greg Weisman -- is a nice mix of the familiar and the surprising, with some great voice acting making the characters distinct. Fittingly, the team starts with Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad with a couple of members added during this first hour and more to come. (Zatara is included as a JLA member, so maybe we'll see his young daughter at some point?) WB's animation is exceptional as usual, with some nice character designs similar to the ones in their recent animated DVDs. I think the animation in "Avengers" is better than people give it credit for, but what WB manages to pull off here on a television budget is amazing. CN doesn't seem to have a rerun of the pilot scheduled this week, but I think it's safe to assume it will air again before the regular episodes begin in January. Highly recommended.