Dark Crisis: Big Bang felt like an epilogue, which was an odd choice as it came out the week before the final issue of Dark Crisis.
Pulling strings behind the scenes is Lex Luthor and his collection of bad guys on one side, and Batman and a secret team on the other. Both sides are clashing with the Outsiders caught in the middle. I can’t imagine things are going to go well when the young heroes learn about the machinations surrounding their attempts to do good work.
DC Comics is releasing comics based on the various shows in a miniseries called Earth Prime. We’ve seen Superman and Lois, Stargirl, Batwoman, and the Legends of Tomorrow. Now, it’s time to visit Central City and see some of Team Flash.
I have been consistently impressed by the writing and world building of Young Justice. The evolving story and huge cast of characters is a delicate juggling act and I think they do it very well.
The holidays are coming as the Young Justice crew deals with assorted problems in various locations. We see domestic developments in Star City, problems with the new meta-kids in Taos, and an unexpected attack with some great misdirection.
The show started off focusing on six young heroes, but those days are long gone. Now, there are so many characters that we spend this episode with two different teams and still don’t get to see even close to everyone. Or even most.
Things have been complicated for Team Flash since the Crisis ended, and that continues in this episode. There’s a new threat to deal with, the return of an old enemy, and two friends come back as well.
Among the many things I enjoy about the Legends of Tomorrow is the sense of humor and pop culture references. They have fun with that in their titles from time to time, and did for this one. “Necromancing The Stone,” is a call back to the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner action comedy, Romancing the Stone.
The Legends of Tomorrow are carving out a fun niche in the CW/DC Universe. Not only is it usually the most light-hearted of the shows, it wanders from genre to genre easily enough given the diverse nature of the crew and the time travel element.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been working more towards being an action comedy than the other shows, and they’re doing a good job of it. “The Curse of the Earth Totem” continues that trend with another mash up kind of episode. Last time was Abba and Groundhog Day. Now, it’s a sort of romantic comedy and pirate adventure.