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YOUNG JUSTICE 1x08: "DOWNTIME" SPOILERS Squee alert!

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YOUNG JUSTICE 1x08: "DOWNTIME" REVIEW

Yay! Another episode! I didn't get my fix last week, but hey, that's okay, since that meant more anticipation for this week's episode!

Phenomenal episode, although if there was one thing that irked me a little bit, I think it was the pacing felt... a little off to me? Don't get me wrong, the vignettes of the other team mates, and the overlying story focusing on Aqualad was completely awesome, but when it kept switching from scene to scene, I felt like I was being bounced around too much.

Of course, that minor tidbit totally didn't distract me on how JAWSOME</b> this was. Here are my top five "moments" of this episode. There are certainly many more scenes that I really appreciate of this episode, but I then would be pretty much reciting the whole episode. XD

1. BLACK MANTA</b>
I think I actually stopped breathing for a moment when he showed up after landing on that guy's back. I then might have made a weird strangling sound. Absolutely badass design, great voice, pretty much a general BAMF. I would have been greatly amused if he sounded/acted like he did in B:BATB. In other news, I'm glad, so so glad that they didn't touch on his familial relationship with Aqualad. I think that would have crammed too much angst into one episode, and besides, I think that's an open invitation for him to show up in the future.

I was terribly amused when he shouted "if I can't have it, no one can!" In my mind, I had replaced the image of Starro with a slice of apple pie. I laughed.

2. FLASH FAMILY REUNION</b>
Jay Garrick was being indignant. And Joan was teasing him. Adorable.

3. MERA, AQUABATTLES, AND HOW AQUALAD BECAME WHO HE IS</b>
Whaaa? Okay, who's with me in saying "I didn't know Mera could do that!?" I'm not sure if what we saw was the absolute extent of her powers, but it definitely makes me a lot curiouser of the range of Aquaman's powers. I'm assuming that he's got the strength/power of Aqualad, but maybe tenfold? ... The news of her expecting a child made me surprised, happy, and then anxious. If you're a little familiar with the Aquaverse, you know what I'm referring to.

The detail and action in this episode was almost unreal. I don't think I've ever seen a series with so much going on. Avatar and Transformers Prime's got nothin' on this series. This episode in particular really set the bar high, especially the background scenes (the coral and the aquatic atmosphere.) It was a believable underwater environment, very believable. Fight scenes, top notch.

I also greatly enjoyed when Topo used his magic tiles to illustrate how Aqualad became who he is today. It was a beautiful scene, and having his journey illustrated in the style of the ancient greeks, was a cool, cool touch.

4. RED TORNADO</b>
Because he knows when not to ask questions.

5. BATMAN'S DISMISSAL OF ROBIN</b>
He was dismissed twice. I felt for the boy. And then I chuckled.

Great overall episode, but like I stated before, the only thing that irked me slightly was the pacing. I find it that in vignette episodes like this one, that focuses on each team member in different locations, but then as an overall story behind it, it's a tough feat to truly connect everything. Other notable events include Artemis's scene with her mother and our introduction to Garth/Tula. As these episodes progress, I'm finding myself drawn more to teammates mentors/villains. I'm not sure why that is, but the first DCAU series that I watched religiously was JL and JLU. So basically, when I see any of the founding members of the JL in YJ, my ears instantly perk up. I'm sure there will be episodes where each mentor pairs up with a protege, but until then, I look forward to seeing more team interaction/bonding. Out of the 6(7) members of YJ, Aqualad and Miss Martian are my favorites. Coincidentally, they're the characters that I know the least about, the former being new and all, and the latter due to me not knowing her complete backstory.

End Notes:

You Aqualad fangirls/fanboys got nothing on Topo
Mera is the HBIC of Atlantis
Hey look! Sokka finally got his powers! Oh wait, my bad, that was Garth. :3

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About the image,

This is a compilation of sketches that span from a month ago (Kid Fate progress sketches) to recent (robins), and this time, I wanted to focus more on body movement and the body in different perspectives and foreshortening. And because Robin's the acrobat, he's the most fun in terms of trying to contort his body to weird positions. HE'S EVERYWHERE. Oh, and I threw Shade in there. Don't know who he is? He's a villain in Jay Garrick (Golden Age Flash) Rogue Gallery. He's British and he wears a top hat. TOO COOL.

As always, these sketch blitzes are a mix of things that have happened, maybe will happen, and what I want to happen. XD I'm already gearing up for a YJ Sketch Blitz 3. "Downtime" gave me too much ammo.

Also, if you guys are interested, here is an entry on =syaming-li journal titled Call for awareness. To sum it up, it's about a variety of things, dillusionment of DA, self-improvement, self actuation, etc... I don't remember how I stumbled upon it, but I thought it was an interesting (but long) read. I suppose it could be a rant, but it was engaging rant none-the-less.

Cheers!

"Just Aqualad."

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:iconkihara0907:
kihara0907 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Aqualad and M'gann.... they are Awesome new character that deserve visibility :heart:!
all of them :D
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GlassesHipster Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the way you draw robin. he is by far my favorite character of all time!!
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dementeotomi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
 Great! Your work is awsome! ;) (Wink)

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:iconsecondhandben:
secondhandben Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
SCREECH!
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:iconkishy-chan:
Kishy-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
amaazing!
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:iconshannonmargaret:
shannonmargaret Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Super rad! You're really talented
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Batgirl-is-awsome Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
this one is the BEST!!!! Because it has more robin. <3
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:iconhotrobin99:
hotrobin99 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Artist
I Loved the robin in the top right corner
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:icongemini-two:
Gemini-two Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
so incredible!!!
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:iconhowever-improbable:
However-Improbable Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, you are a wizard with poses! Your style is exactly what i aim for in my cartoony drawings-absolute perfection!
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:iconmoruric:
Moruric Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Big Young Justice fan. Love this.
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arumaru Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
oh my gosh, I love ALL the Robin sketches you have here, haha ^^ :heart:
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DevilWing13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
OHMYGOSH!!! Okay, so I loved this episode. ESPECIALLY the Flash Family Reunion. I really liked when Wally was eating the ice cream xD

**SPOILER ALERT*****

Okay, so Invasion. The new season. I can't believe they skipped five years! I thought I wouldn't like it, but I did! It turned out to be really cool, actually. And I love all the BROTHERLY FLUFF between Dick and Tim! Eeep!

**SPOILER ALERT ENDED***

Anyway, loved this!
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:iconvynndetta:
Vynndetta Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just LOVE your stuff!
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:iconmemepopstar:
memepopstar Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
absolutely Awesome!
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:iconmazrilin:
Mazrilin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
these sketches are AMAZING!
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:icontheartofdreaming:
TheArtOfDreaming Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great sketches and AWESOME anatomy!!! (Totally feeling the aster right now! :D)
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fanaticalfangrl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I love Robin. Especially in the last one of him at the bottom right. I could just here the "fuck yeah, I'm awesome." I heart!
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therockingpurple Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
LOVE IT!!! :heart:
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CanyonComesBetween Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
baby Aqualad and dolphin.
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:iconmekie228:
mekie228 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the guy with the pipe Wally? whoever he is he looks great!
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:icontyvash:
TyVash Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice art, but your anatomy doesn't work - totally scary, in the legs of The Robin in the right. Just in this one. ( *Robin with the layer on the head )
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ganks101 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
WOW
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whatwazthat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
these are insane helpful for me learning to draw!!! thank you so much!
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MelodiousMellophone Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
all of the things.
this has got to be the most glorious sketch-dump I have ever seen. I do believe I'm whelmed <3
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:iconrobinsgirlfoxfire01:
RobinsGirlFoxfire01 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW i wish i could draw like you any tips?
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:icontree1138:
tree1138 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
I really like your drawing of The Shade, you should do a bigger one!
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:iconsneemonster:
SneeMonster Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love sketchdumps, there ingenuity in basics :)
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Twipire Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Lol, robin
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:iconfang-fey:
Fang-fey Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student General Artist
i love the renaissance look u gave robin, i looks good.
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DarkAngelsHalo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Ohmygod, is that a noir!M'gann?

MY HEART. YOU HAVE WON IT.

(sorry, I just think she looks really sexy like that. -_-')
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potatoEclair Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
omg too much awesome
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:iconmylittlebird:
MyLittleBird Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Poor Robin....
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:iconyellowis4happy:
yellowis4happy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! Those Robin antics in the middle are great. :D
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Stauff Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
this is ciil. awesome.
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:iconl0rd-black:
L0rd-Black Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Medieval/Victorian Robin is just too AWESOME! ^^
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SaaKawa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Was Robin in Renaissance clothing just you messing around with design? It looks awesome.
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queenwren Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
they all look pretty great
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:iconashen-phoenix:
Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the ones of Robin jumping backwards, and the KF x Artemis don't-fall pose. :aww:
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saintvulcan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
wicked^^
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mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, i love the art, and the thought you put into it. looking through all the art and opinions on DA about the new YJ series, and being relatively new to the DCU (except the batman parts of it) i can't help but feel behind.
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thelifeofabinder Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your style is absolutely amazing. I'm so in love with all those Robin sketches!! Amaaazing flow.
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mikescartoons Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
those are really awsome i was wondering on how you got the paper to look like that
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lfbandgeek Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student General Artist
I like all your Robin's and that Superboy. :D It all looks so good.
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NekkedKing Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I adore the cape over Robs head, I just love him doing acrobatty things.
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chibi-Nazumi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I really love these but.... are you sure Robins right foot is right like that?
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17BAM50 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I love YOUNG JUSTICE!!!!!!! I even love DC comics. I am a huge fan of thier artwork. YOur sketches are outstanding! R u trying to be a cartoonist when you grow up? My favorite one is Kid Mouth having a a grease hiar-do trying to get Miss M to finally like him..(; Love it!!!!!!!!!
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murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Robins.
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:iconkaiadevin:
kaiadevin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Awesome sketches!
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Gilarin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely sketches, interesting how you've taken a few of the characters in your own unique direction. And medieval Robin is... interesting, to say the least. XD
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