"Don't call us sidekicks"

"Don't call us sidekicks"

By David Hyde Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
345_662d1532 I admit I had a long list of things to be thankful for, over the long holiday weekend. Good health? Check. A great family? You bet. A cool job? Are you kidding? I get to talk about things I am genuinely passionate about—namely graphic novels and comic books and some of the most recognizable characters in the world. Now one of the tricky parts of the gig is to not always take the work home with me, but sometimes even that can be a side benefit. Case in point? This past Friday night, having just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday in Western, MA, I hurried home to Brooklyn to watch Cartoon Network’s premier of YOUNG JUSTICE with the wife (who we’ll call Mrs. Hyde going forward) and our superhero enthusiast, comic book lovin’ son Jackson (who we’ll call Jackson going forward, since he’s not shy, for the most part.) Hey, nothing quite says that it’s the holidays like a family gathering around the TV to watch cartoons, right? The show’s been highly anticipated by fans, and it more than held up to our expectations. (SPOILER WARNING: there’s very minor spoilers below, if you missed the premier.) Mrs. Hyde liked how much character development was achieved in an hour. Superboy’s got a great back story. Robin and Kid Flash are impulsive. Aqualad is thoughtful, like a leader. Mostly, she liked the surprising way the team (and their teamwork) is coming together. He quit? she asked. Jackson loved those “crazy” Blockbuster monsters, the “’interesting” locations and mostly the appearance of the Martian Manhunter, one of his—and Mrs. Hyde’s—favorite semi-obscure superheroes. (Besides, he’s green. Did I mention Jackson’s favorite color is green? Occasionally, kids are easy to please.) Me? I liked fast paced superhero adventure, the nods to the fans, the spot-on characterizations, but mostly I liked talking about the episode with Mrs. Hyde and Jackson throughout the weekend, with the promise of more episodes in January. What about you, SOURCE readers? Send us your thoughts about the premier. Oh—and parents, if you watched the show with your families, let us know what everybody was taking about after the credits.