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Justice League: The Animated Series – Part 6: The Pinnacle of Action Cartoons


on April 7, 2015


Season two pulls out another heavyweight episode with “Hereafter.” It is one of the loveliest and most touching episodes of the series. It shows Superman’s enemies forming a pact joining them together with the singular goal of killing the Man of Steel. Surprisingly, it seems they actually succeed when Toyman blasts Superman with a disintegration beam.

The Justice League and the world are shown mourning and trying to move on without Superman. There are plenty of poignant moments. The camaraderie and respect Batman shows for Superman is one of the most outstanding features. Though Batman tries not to display it, Superman’s death hits him incredibly hard. Among the Leaguers, Batman has the hardest time dealing with and accepting Superman’s demise. He initially doesn’t believe Superman is dead. Even though he actually has substantial reason to think that, it’s clear that he doesn’t want to accept that his friend is gone. But after his investigation turns up nothing, he finds himself at Superman’s memorial monument expressing his reverence and gratitude to the Man of Steel in private. We also get great moments with the supporting cast of Superman: The Animated Series as they grieve. There is a scene between Lex and Lois that is particularly great.

It’s revealed at the end of the first part that Superman is not dead, but was blasted far into a future when the Earth is a wasteland and the sun has turned red, which saps Superman’s powers. He shows ingenuity and strength of perseverance as he pushes on in a dangerous world with no powers. He forms an odd friendship with Vandal Savage, the world’s lone human survivor, who is also responsible for plunging the planet into its disastrous state. Superman takes his rage out on Savage by physically pummeling him, but it becomes clear that after years of solitude that the villain has come to greatly regret his mistake.

This is actually really nice to see. Voice actor Phil Morris is delightful as Savage. He’s pleasantly kooky, but not completely over the top. Just the fact that Savage has lived so long and cannot die gives him an interesting perspective on things, especially since he’s the only human being left. Savage helps Superman return to the past to stop himself from destroying the world, which Superman and the Justice League ultimately succeed at, as the future Vandal Savage disappears, with a content look on his face as he sees his landscape gradually change around him, displaying a peaceful and thriving human civilization on a healthy planet Earth.

“Hereafter” has plenty of memorable moments, like a surprise appearance by Lobo, the sleazy intergalactic bounty hunter viewers of Superman: The Animated Series will know. The anti-hero crashes into the Watchtower and secures himself as Superman’s replacement. The League battles many of the hallmark villains as they celebrate Superman’s death by rioting. Green Lantern has a cool showdown with Star Sapphire, and watching Lobo viciously take down villains is really funny. Batman expressing his admiration for Superman, Vandal Savage proclaiming Green Lantern to be toughest to kill of the Justice League members, watching Superman survive by himself in the wild, and a beautifully heroic musical theme suitable for the Man of Steel round this episode out to be a true classic. It has basically no connection whatsoever to the milestone Death of Superman storyline from the comics, which features the Man of Steel falling in battle with Doomsday, but honestly… it’s actually quite a bit better than that.

My only complaint is minor, and it’s that’s Livewire’s original voice actress from Superman: The Animated Series, Lori Petty, does not reprise her role, instead Maria Canals voices the shock jock. Petty actually was great on the S:TAS, so it’s a letdown that she didn’t come back for this episode. Even so, it’s great seeing Livewire on Justice League.

The show comes to its final stretch, and these twilight episodes are quite arguably the strongest of the series. They are certainly the most mature and daring. Included among these highest of the high episodes is the beyond charming Christmas special, “Comfort and Joy.” This is the only single episode story in the entire Justice League series, and it’s the most heartwarming. Though the Justice League frequently displays positive emotions, this episode is gushing with them and we see a different side to the Leaguers than what we usually get. Instead of focusing on the League saving the world, this is their time to relax and bond.

Green Lantern and Hawkgirl spend quality time together as they explore the different ways each other celebrate. The Martian Manhunter’s loneliness and isolation come to the fore, but he finds comfort in his new League family and sees the beauty in humans around him. Superman really lets his hair down as he returns home to Smallville for the holidays, behaving like a giddy child. And we really see the pure kindness within The Flash’s heart as he sets aside time to make children of a Central City orphanage happy on this special occasion.

Green Lantern tries to show Hawkgirl the joys of the holiday season.

This episode is another strong favorite of mine that continues to build upon the relationships between the Leaguers and shows more of what they’re like when they’re being regular people. That’s not to say I want the show to be like this all the time, but moments like what are seen in “Comfort and Joy” are extremely precious.

It starts with the Justice League on a snowy planet helping aliens construct a device to stop their planet from colliding with another one. After the job is finished, Green Lantern looks over the snowy slopes and tells the League to head back to Earth without him. Hawkgirl decides to stay with Lantern. Flash asks if Martian Manhunter has any plans for the holidays, to which the Martian says that the season holds no meaning for him. Superman decides that something must be done about that.

Green Lantern constructs a snowboard with his ring and glides down the slopes while adventurous music plays in the background. Hawkgirl can’t quite see why he gets such a kick out of playing in snow. Green Lantern shares his fond memories of his grandmother taking him sledding each Christmas. Hawkgirl still doesn’t get it, so Green Lantern decides to show her some fun snow games first hand, like building snowmen and making snow angels. She still doesn’t understand, so he instigates a snowball fight, which is something that speaks more to her aggressive tendencies. The two engage in a very pleasant super powered snow battle.

Meanwhile, The Flash visits an orphanage in Central City. The children rejoice at seeing their favorite hero. He promises to bring them a present, and once he learns that the kids are enamored with the popular DJ Rubber Ducky toy, he decides that has to be it! The woman at the orphanage warns Flash not to get the children’s hopes up too much, since every store has been sold out for weeks. That doesn’t deter The Fastest Man Alive, though.

Clark Kent heads home to Smallville to see his parents. He brings the Martian Manhunter with him. The Kents aren’t surprised at all, saying they’re no stranger to aliens. They warmly welcome the Martian to their home for the holidays. Clark acts like a giddy child, and Manhunter notes that he’s never seen that side of Clark before. Clark says that at home, he can just relax and be himself.

Hawkgirl still doesn’t understand the holidays, but she tells Green Lantern that on Thanagar, the people celebrate after a successful battle. She has found a moon where people celebrate the same way. John is open to learning more about Hawkgirl’s customs and agrees to take her to this moon.

In Central City, Flash zooms around looking for a DJ Rubber Ducky toy, but has difficulty finding one. He goes all the way to Japan to where the toys are manufactured, and receives a copy from Mr. Hama. Meanwhile, in Smallville, the Kents enjoy themselves around the table, but Martian Manhunter is still feeling a bit uncomfortable. The Kents give him a present, which is a giant Superman sized sweater.

Green Lantern and Hawkgirl arrive at the seedy moon to see a variety of bizarre aliens. Hawkgirl takes the Lantern to a club with loud music. The aliens within are happy to see Shayera, and Green Lantern is surprised to see Hawkgirl frequents such a rowdy dive. She orders two drinks called flurb at the bar. After taking a massive gulp she casually lets loose a huge belch. The look on Green Lantern’s face as she does that is priceless. She tells John to take a drink, and he finds the beverage disgusting. He looks to see live worms slivering around in it. Hawkgirl draws in close to him and says just one more thing would make the evening perfect. Green Lantern looks excited and is clearly expecting a kiss, but is surprised to see her bash the patron next to her in the hand with her mace. She innocently hands the mace to Green Lantern, making it look as if he had attacked the large alien. The creature attacks Lantern, which causes the club to erupt into a large brawl.

In Central City, The Flash finds the Ultra Humanite vandalizing an art gallery because he feels the work within is an insult to any decent aesthetic. He and The Flash battle, and the Rubber Ducky toy winds up getting destroyed during the fight. The Humanite makes a joke about how Flash is so upset about the crushed toy. They stop fighting and talk about the season. The Humanite thinks Christmas is a garish, hollow charade. The Flash is dejected since the kids won’t get their present, and Humanite knocks him out while his guard is down. The Humanite takes Flash and the toy to some place where the ape is rebuilding the toy and making some improvements. He’s decided to call a truce with the Speedster because of the season. These two work excellently as a comical duo.

Martian Manhunter is still feeling lonely, despite the warm hearted people around him. He takes a human form and journeys into Smallville where he sees happy people enjoying themselves in a diner, hears a choir singing in a church, and pretends to be Santa Claus for a small girl. The Martian Manhunter is touched by what he observes, especially the singing.

Green Lantern has his hands full with the brute he’s taking on while Hawkgirl’s having a great time in the mayhem of the bar brawl. The Flash and Humanite arrive at the orphanage dressed up as Christmas characters to drop off the Rubber Ducky toy. Instead of rapping like the stock Rubber Ducky toy, it speaks with Humanite’s voice as it tells The Nutcracker story. The kids enjoy it. Their deed finished, Humanite agrees to go back to prison quietly. The Flash walks the villain to his cell and thanks the Humanite for helping him out. He surprises the villain with decorations he put up in the cell, including multi-hued lights and an aluminum Christams tree. Surprisingly, Humanite is touched by it. He says he had a tree just like it sometime in the past. The Flash leaves, but sneaks a peak back at Humanite enjoying the lights and tree he gave him.

Back in the bar, the fighting has subsided and the once rambunctious patrons lie around tiredly. Hawkgirl kisses an unconscious John Stewart on the cheek as the two rest against the giant brute John was fighting earlier. She wishes the Green Lantern a Merry Christmas as she snuggles up against him, finally coming to have a true appreciation for the season, and also openly showing her affection for Lantern. In Smallville, the Kents hear Manhunter singing a Martian song in his own way of celebration. It sounds suitably alien. And they’re comforted to know he finally feels at ease among them.

“Comfort and Joy” is an amazing episode that shows another side of the Leaguers. The show is at its very, very best at this point.
Canonically, this episode takes place before “Wild Cards,” but during the original airing period, it was shown first so that it aired closer to Christmas. Technically speaking, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl are not an official couple in this episode, but it works either way; before “Wild Cards” or after. This is the point where their relationship has progressed the farthest before something really explosive happens in the next episode… “Wild Cards.”

Hawkgirl kisses John Stewart after the two come to an understanding of each one’s ways of celebrating.

The show has reached its zenith in the final parts of season two. At this point, Justice League is undeniably one of the very best the action cartoon genre has to offer. It’s not just wonderful for cartoons; it’s wonderful for television, for entertainment, period. You can literally put this against anything and it will stand strong.

The hugely popular voice acting team of Mark Hamill as the Joker and Arleen Sorkin as his charmingly cooky girlfriend Harley Quinn, return to the DC Animated Universe to take on the World’s Greatest Heroes, and the duo is as good as they’ve ever been. Speaking of teams, the two greatest writers of this show, Stan Berkowitz and Dwayne McDuffie, combine forces to deliver a stellar script, and this is just coming off another great episode, “Comfort and Joy,” penned by the legendary Paul Dini, of Batman the Animated Series fame. Justice League is on a huge roll and it can absolutely do no wrong at this point. “Wild Cards” is another prime example of that.

Even without looking at the credits, it’s easy to tell that McDuffie had a big hand in this episode, because the characters are being pushed to their extremities. He’s going beyond the bounds of what is typically done in cartoons, and as such, making his characters totally fascinating people. The dynamic between everyone, from heroes to villains, and heroes to heroes, is perfect. The greatest example is Green Lantern and Hawkgirl, the two characters the show runners had the most room to experiment with. And boy, did they experiment! Their relationship finally fully blossoms, and in a shocking way that rocked children’s network television at the time. What is done at the end of “Wild Cards” is pretty much the zenith of Justice League going the extra mile, pushing the envelope, and breaking down walls of convention with a giant wrecking ball!

Beside the relationship between Lantern and Hawkgirl, there is still so much more to praise in this episode. The concept of the Justice League going against a real-time clock is great, and the Joker’s narration of the action is legitimately hilarious. “Wild Cards” introduces the Royal Flush gang, who are voiced by the Teen Titans voice actors, and they provide a suitable challenge for the League. A great thing about this episode is it presents the Joker as a “Justice League level threat” without insulting the viewers’ intelligence. The writers came up with a creative and zany plan that runs the League ragged and places millions of lives at risk.

The episode starts with a HUGE sexual innuendo. While with Green Lantern, Hawkgirl–in a sultry voice–says, “Uh huh, that’s it. Right there,” before they appear on camera. This has certain implications, of course. It’s surprising what the show runners are doing with this cartoon, not that I have a problem with it. One of the reasons the show is so captivating is because Timm and company were able to do what they wanted in many ways.

It turns out Green Lantern and Hawkgirl are trying to tap into bank records. While they’re doing this, Hawkgirl continues to act playfully flirty and Green Lantern has finally had enough of the unresolved sexual tension. He feels it’s time to draw her out and settle this, but she evades by feigning ignorance. Lantern presses the matter, but Hawkgirl is saved when a beep goes off alerting the heroes that the computer has found what they were looking for. They send an address to Batman. The music theme that plays while the two are having their moment is the overarching romance motif that has played for them throughout the series.

In Las Vegas, Batman sneaks into the office of a television executive and tells the man to cut the television feed. The executive, of course, doesn’t stand for Batman’s theatrics until Batman tells him that he sold air time to something called Gwenplane Entertainment, which happens to be the Joker. The man springs into action to have his people cut the feed. It doesn’t help much, because the Joker bought time on other stations.

The Joker appears on the screen in all his grandeur and eccentricity. The jazz music that serves as the theme of his show is superb and appropriate for the psychotic villain. The clown tells his audience that he’s hidden a time bomb on the Vegas strip, and the Justice League has to find and disarm it. If anyone else tries, he’ll press his big red button and blow it up manually. He reveals his clock at the bottom of the screen, which displays how much time the heroes have before the bomb blows, and mentions that he’s got cameras all over the city to record the show. He also has Harley Quinn up in a helicopter to offer more views and commentary. This reality TV set up is a crazy and fun plan perfectly fit for these screwball villains.

The Joker and Harley Quinn light up the DC Animated Universe again in “Wild Cards.”

Superman manages to find the bomb with his x-ray vision and he and the flash go to disarm it. They are interrupted by a group of super powered teenage villains that the Joker introduces as the Royal Flush gang; Jack, Ten, King, and Queen. A fight breaks out within the casino the bomb is hidden in while the Joker’s cameras catch and broadcast the spectacle. The new villains prove a decent match for the heroes with their varied powers. Batman arrives to defuse the bomb. As the Royal Flush gang surrounds him, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl appear in the nick of time to guard him. The battle goes out of the casino and onto the street, allowing Batman a clear opportunity to neutralize the explosive while the other Leaguers occupy the villains.

The Joker uses this time to explain the origin of the Royal Flush gang. Their story begins at a secret government complex where five children were taken from their families by the government. The government officials educated the kids but held them at the complex because each child was born with a mysterious power. Ten is super strong and feels no pain. King is able to shoot blasts of fire energy. Jack is super flexible and able to stretch his body to great lengths, and Queen has magnetic powers. The Joker decides not to explain the girl he keeps by his side, Ace.

The government wanted to make them human weapons, but the Joker broke them out of the facility and killed the headmaster with gas. The kids stuck with the Joker ever since. He thought of the playing card motif and name for them.

Once the Joker is done explaining his new team of villains, he turns his attention to Batman, who is still working at defusing the bomb. The Dark Knight nervously clips a cord, which happens to be the wrong one, and it lessens the time to five seconds. Without any time, Batman prepares for a blast, but it turns out the bomb is a fake and a jack in the box pops out to taunt the Detective. Batman alerts the other Leaguers and the Royal Flush gang retreats. Superman looks for the real bomb with his x-ray and telescopic vision and discovers there are actually twenty five in total. The League splits up to take them out while the timer continues to tick.

The quest to disarm the bombs takes the League to all kinds of interesting Vegas resorts, and the Royal Flush gang is always around to hinder their progress.

Green Lantern finds another fake bomb under water, and Batman goes to a Hawaiian Casino resort to diffuse one, but it’s guarded by the flexible Jack, who Batman must deal with. Harley flies overhead to watch the two battle. Meanwhile, The Flash finds another bomb on a roller coaster. He doesn’t know how to disarm it and calls up Batman on the commlink for directions, which makes for a very fun exchange between the two as Batman walks him through the process of disarming the bomb while trying to fend off Jack.

Green Lantern is at another resort getting ready to disarm a bomb when Queen attacks him. Lantern fights with creative ring constructs that look really great. Hawkgirl arrives to support Lantern and knocks Queen out with a critical hit from her mace. It’s worth noting that Hawkgirl happens to be close to Green Lantern during this bomb hunt. Her timely arrival gives the impression that she’s consciously hovering around her beloved hero.

With Queen down, Lantern begins disarming the bomb, but Hawkgirl looks over his shoulder and bothers him with suggestions about doing ‘this’ or ‘that’ instead of what he is doing to diffuse the bomb. Lantern, who is already very tense from the nature of the situation, finally has enough when Hawkgirl attempts to reach in and diffuse the bomb herself. He roughly grabs her hand to prevent her from making a bad move or getting in his way. Their bickering isn’t lost on Joker who immediately puts two and two together. He notices that they have feelings for each other and another massive innuendo is thrown out when he wonders aloud if Hawkgirl will stop “supplementing her passions with that big honkin’ mace.” The Joker says he’s not going to allow that kind of romance on his show and decides to press the button to blow up that bomb. When Lantern sees it’s about to go off he uses his last moment to give Hawkgirl a blast with his power ring, which propels her out of the casino to safety. To Hawkgirl’s horror, Green Lantern is caught in the explosion. Just as he said in “Secret Society,” he was absolutely ready to give his life for Hawkgirl.

Batman calls on the commlink to check on Green Lantern. Hawkgirl answers and tells him of the situation. The Flash wants to help but Batman directs him to stay with the bomb he’s working on. Hawkgirl desperately searches for John in the rubble the explosion left behind. She finds him in one piece, but becomes very concerned when she discovers his heart has stopped. The Joker is giddy with the drama this adds to his program. Hawkgirl uses the electrical abilities of her mace as a defibrillator to restart John’s heart. When he’s back, she tells him that she can’t believe she almost lost him without ever telling him. Green Lantern groggily asks her what she means.

Hawkgirl wants to take John back to the Watchtower for medical attention, but Batman–ever obsessed with the mission–gives her a hard time, telling her to make it quick and get back to the bomb hunt. She eventually shuts off her commlink with Batman in mid-sentence and takes Green Lantern back, regardless of whatever Batman thinks.

Batman finally deals with Jack by throwing him into the blades of Harley’s helicopter, which flew in low to get a better shot of the action. By that point the Justice League has disabled all but one of Joker’s bombs, but there’s only about four minutes left. The Flash finds the last one in an Egyptian themed casino where he battles King. The Speedster defeats the villain by tying him up like a mummy, but Ten arrives. He’s especially angry at having been punched across town by Superman.

At the helicopter crash site, Batman asks Harley about the Joker’s whereabouts. The clown princess isn’t about to give Joker up. Batman gets under Harley’s skin by bringing out how Joker gave her up for Ace, pointing out the way he touches her hair and rubs her shoulders. The entire episode, Joker has kept Ace by his side and has been coddling her. In a great display of this show’s unpredictable comedy, Harley punches Batman in the face and walks away.

Elsewhere, The Flash is having a hard time with King and Ten, but Superman arrives to help. Supes has a hard hitting fight with Ten, who is obsessed with proving he’s stronger than the Man of Tomorrow. Superman has a tough time fighting both villains. He brings out that they have less than one minute and they’ll die in the explosion if they keep fighting. King flees after contemplating the situation, but the fixated Ten stays to fight. Flash comes to after taking heavy blows from Ten and works at diffusing the bomb, but the Joker appears on a screen to distract and confuse him. With only one second left on the timer, The Flash, in an impressive display of his powers, runs the bomb out of the city very quickly and it explodes safely in the desert.

The Joker appears on screen and congratulates the Justice League for foiling his bomb plot. He brings out that he has about sixty to seventy million people watching his show. The whole plan was to get viewers, and now that he has them, he’s going to bring about the shocking surprise ending.

The music takes on a heavily creepy quality as the Joker unfolds his grand scheme. He explains that his viewers can’t stop looking at the program at that moment because of Ace, who is at the Joker’s side looking directly into the camera. He exposes her origin. She was locked up by the government for something she could not understand. The government had a headband built that made her harmless and protected them from her strange power, which she used to harm her parents. Ace can send out thought waves that alter perception. She can make people crazy just by looking at them, which works through the television. As the Joker explains this, his audience is losing their grip on reality. The Joker says he’s immune to Ace’s power because he’s already insane. The Flash and Superman are incapacitated by Ace’s gaze, and the Joker’s camera crew begins having terrifying hallucinations. The Joker tells Ace that she is the best sidekick he’s had, which is when an angry Harley Quinn bursts into the room. After quickly soothing Harley, the Joker slaps her hard for leading Batman right to him.

The Joker knows the Dark Knight is hiding somewhere in the room. The Detective reveals himself by hitting the Joker out of nowhere, but then Ace uses her power on him. Batman becomes dizzy, loses his balance, and vomits as he suffers from delirium. He can no longer walk and crawls desperately toward the Joker, who begins relentlessly kicking him. The Joker gleefully beats Batman to the point where the Dark Knight’s suffering becomes a bit disturbing. The intense drumming and eerie music adds even more power to this scene. The Batman uses all his resolve to crawl toward the joker and he pulls out a headband the Joker was hiding in his coat. It is the same type of headband that nullifies Ace’s powers. When Ace sees that the Joker deceived her, she gets angry at him. Without the headband, the Joker is just as vulnerable to Ace’s abilities as anyone else. The clown begs the girl for mercy, but she gives Joker a strong blast of her astonishing power, which causes him to faint.

With the Joker defeated and the whole operation a bust, Ace begins to leave. Batman, who is still too weak to do anything, asks the girl where she’s going to go, to which Ace enigmatically replies, “Nowhere.”

With the high stakes drama all wrapped up, the story turns personal as it catches up with Green Lantern and Hawkgirl, who are back aboard the Watchtower. Hawkgirl has seen that John’s medical needs are taken care of, and she’s watching over him as he rests. She apologizes to Batman over the commlink about their little tiff earlier and then checks on Green Lantern’s vitals. Lantern begins to stir, and Hawkgirl tells him to go back to sleep, but Green Lantern says they have things to talk about.

The Lantern is finally out in the open with everything, and he isn’t going to allow Hawkgirl any wriggle room to escape. He tells Hawkgirl that she knows how he feels about her, and he knows that she feels the same way. Hawkgirl says that whatever is going on between them can’t go any further. The Lantern doesn’t understand why, and Hawkgirl keeps throwing excuses at him, but Lantern proves that they’re all flimsy. Hawkgirl reluctantly comes to the point that seems to be concerning her the most. She says that they’re just too different. She emphasizes the point with, “look at us. Just look at us.”

That line carries so much significance because it touches on a huge theme going on here that no other cartoon was gutsy enough to approach. At face value, Hawkgirl is implying that John Stewart is a human and she is a Thanagarian, but within the subtext is the point that John Stewart is African American and Hawkgirl has the appearance of a Caucasian. John still sees things so simply. He doesn’t see their differences as a reason to keep them apart. He tells her that all he sees are a man and a woman. Green Lantern then proceeds to remove Hawkgirl’s mask. At first, she tries to stop him but then lets him remove it, which shows her trust in him, and her surrender. John removes the helmet revealing a very beautiful girl beneath. John Stewart moves in and the two engage in a very deep kiss.

This is romance done perfectly. Green Lantern’s words are so simple, but so passionate and powerful. The sensation of the scene is heightened by beautiful animation and art; the way the lights highlight the characters just so, and the beautifully smooth animation as the two embrace. Not to mention the epic love theme that finally swells into being fully realized after years of just simple allusions.

Viewers waited years to see Green Lantern and Hawkgirl confess their feelings, and the creative team rewards them for their patience with perhaps the most mature, classy, and emotional kissing scene from a mainstream western animated show.

Green Lantern and Hawkgirl finally confirm their feelings to each other in one of the most incredible moments on children’s television.

“Wild Cards” has everything; mystery, action, romance, comedy, suspense, and horror. It succeeds at everything with flying colors. It is really a strong contender for best Justice League episode, but so many of these latter episodes are, which brings us to the final story of Justice League, and the most shocking; “Starcrossed.”

The grand finale of Justice League is a three part epic that tests the League–specifically Green Lantern and Hawkgirl–in a way they have never been tested. Relationships are strained and shattered, motivations are questioned, the Watchtower is lost, and the League wonders if it is time to call it quits. The creators made this story with the belief that it would be their last with the Justice League. As such, Timm and co. go all out and once again take western action animation on a major network to places it has never gone before with a story of love and betrayal, but with enough superhero theatrics and explosions to please any rambunctious child.

Looking at this as the final episode of Justice League, it is certainly worth noting that the show closes with a story about Green Lantern and Hawkgirl’s relationship. I think it goes to show that their long running romance, which we’ve seen slowly and naturally develop, is the real heart of the show. Of all the characters, John Stewart received the most development. We’ve seen him grow and change more than any other. We’ve seen him go from being aloof and judgmental to his teammates, to becoming close friends with The Flash and falling in love with Hawkgirl. We’ve seen where he comes from, we know his doubts, and what inspires him.

Fascinatingly, while Hawkgirl has definitely been present, and her personality has shown strongly, there is a lot we don’t know about her. It’s almost as if we’re seeing things through the perspective of John Stewart. She’s a captivating character that is very likable, but we don’t know her background. We don’t know what inspires her, and we don’t have much of an inkling of what her life is like outside of the League. Many aspects of Hawkgirl were intentionally left in the shadows and “Starcrossed” brings them all into the light, which jolts John Stewart and the Justice League more than anything they’ve yet faced. Timm makes up for not giving Hawkgirl much focus by making her the centerpiece of Justice League’s grand finale.

The League is on a stakeout in Washington DC. Batman got a tip that terrorists have targeted a peace conference being held there. Green Lantern glides over to flirt with Hawkgirl as she scans the grounds from the sky. He plants a kiss on her, but Hawkgirl lightly tells him he should get back to work. But afterward, she wants to get Chinese takeout at a certain place near his apartment. This charming scene shows how cozy the couple has become with each other.

Elsewhere, in a command center, General Wells’ people have picked up a cloaked vessel entering DC air space that won’t responding to any of their communication attempts. The general scrambles fighter jets to take it down, but they have no affect and are shot down. The vessel makes itself visible and Hawkgirl identifies it as a Gordanian Class Seven Cruiser. It attacks the city and the League springs into action. They have difficulty dealing with the battleship but a large laser rains down from the sky above, downing the alien vessel.

The blast came from a massive command ship escorted by a fleet. The League is ready to attack but Hawkgirl tells them to wait. A ship lands and a large Thanagarian man emerges from it, much to Green Lantern’s surprise. Hawkgirl introduces him as Commander Hro Talak of Thanagar, and he addresses Hawkgirl as Lieutenant. Hro Talak meets with the leaders of Earth due to a matter of great urgency.

At the meeting Talak reveals that his government dispatched an advance agent to learn about Earth’s defenses. That agent is Lieutenant Shayera Hol. This whole time Hawkgirl has been a clandestine spy for the Thanagarian Empire. She learned that Earth’s defenses are lacking in the face of a threat that is coming their way. Talak uses a device to display battle footage of the Thanagarians fighting aliens known as the Gordanians. Across the cosmos, Gordanians have decimated worlds and now they’re heading to Earth. Talak says that Earth will fall if the humans don’t accept Thanagarian help.

After the meeting, Green Lantern meets with Hawkgirl and asks her why she never told him the truth. Hawkgirl says she wanted to, but she was on a military mission and swore an oath of secrecy. Lantern wonders what other secrets she is keeping from him, causing Hawkgirl to look unsure. That is when Hro Talak lands near them, embraces Hawkgirl and kisses her to John Stewart’s shock. Hro turns to introduce himself to John. He already knows John is the Green Lantern. Hawkgirl admits that she and Hro are engaged. Green Lantern stiffly congratulates them and excuses himself. The soft, sad music playing during this scene conveys a strong sense of loss. And just like that, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl’s short lived bliss is shattered. Rather than risk Green Lantern and Hawkgirl becoming boringly complacent in a resolved storyline, the show runners throw intense drama at them.

Superman and Wonder Woman discuss the current events with some world leaders and military commanders. Some believe the Thanagarians aren’t telling the truth, while others want to trust them. In the background, Flash is eating donuts while talking with Green Lantern, who is preoccupied with more personal thoughts. While this episode tells a story of large scope, John Stewart, Shayera Hol, and their relationship are its core. For much of this show’s duration, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl have been the ones primarily propelling it emotionally.

John excuses himself, and Batman, waiting in the hallway, surprisingly gives John words of encouragement and advice. In his Batman way, that is. The Dark Knight tells John that he couldn’t have known Hawkgirl was involved with another man. John Stewart wonders how Batman knew of his relationship, to which the Caped Crusader says, “It wasn’t hard to figure out.”

John obviously doesn’t feel like talking about his relationship woes with Batman and merely thanks his fellow hero and tries to excuse himself again, but Martian Manhunter appears to try to console the Lantern, too. John Stewart is feeling very uncomfortable with the other Leaguers knowing about his relationship and openly talking about it. The Flash arrives and overhears them, which causes him to learn of it. He didn’t put the pieces together the way the others did. Despite the situation, Martian Manhunter empathizes with Hawkgirl, saying that it has no doubt been difficult for her being alone on a strange planet for so many years. Green Lantern says maybe he should have read her mind, and the Martian admits that he strangely never could read her mind. He can’t read any Thanagarian’s mind.

Green Lantern’s relationship with Hawkgirl is swiftly crushed when Hro Talak returns to Shayera’s life.

This isn’t just something the writers are pulling out of nowhere. If we look back to the episode “Only a Dream,” Martian Manhunter couldn’t reach Hawkgirl’s nightmare and said there was a barrier around her mind. This situation makes Batman suspicious, just as he was when J’onn couldn’t read the Justice Lord Martian’s mind.

Aboard the Thanagarian flagship, Hawkgirl and Talak enjoy a tender moment that is interrupted by Kraggar, one of Talak’s lieutenants. He informs Talak that the humans are willing to accept the Thanagarians’ help. Talak wants to begin operations immediately, and tells Hawkgirl to act as an official liaison with the humans, causing Kraggar to pull the commander aside to advise against that. Considering that Hawkgirl has not been properly debriefed or psychologically assessed, the shrewd lieutenant does not think it safe to allow Hawkgirl among the humans as they proceed with their plans. Talak doesn’t think that is a problem, however.

In a Middle Eastern desert, construction has begun on a massive force field generator to defend against the coming Gordanian threat. The League is helping with the construction, and Hawkgirl tries to talk with Green Lantern to explain the awkward situation they’re in. John doesn’t feel like talking about it, however. The Green Lantern remains formal and distant with Hawkgirl, as if their relationship hadn’t happened.

On the Watchtower, Batman is performing an autopsy on a dead Gordanian body he procured from the Gordanian vessel that was shot down by the Thanagarians. He’s accompanied by Wonder Woman, who wonders what he hopes to find from his examination. He notices that the liver on the corpse was frozen, and pieces together the crew of the Gordanian vessel was dead long before they were shot down by the Thanagarians. He comes to the conclusion that the Thanagarians are setting them up.

Lieutenant Kraggar is leading some of the world leaders on a tour of the Thanagarian flagship when one of the tourists sneaks away from the group. He finds his way to the bridge where he eavesdrops on Talak communicating with the Thanagarian high command. It turns out the Gordanian fleet is pressing toward Thanagar and is nowhere near Earth. Guards find the tourist who turns out being Batman in disguise. The Dark Knight puts up a good fight against multiple Thanagarians, but is eventually taken down, but not before warning Wonder Woman of the Thanagarians’ lies via commlink. Wonder Woman sends a message to the other Justice League members who are at the construction site. She warns them of what’s happening, but the Watchtower quickly falls under attack by Thanagarians who enter it freely. Wonder Woman reasons that they must have the secret access codes. The Amazon puts up a fight, but, like Batman, she is defeated.

At the construction site, Paran Dul, one of Talak’s main commanders, leads an attack against the League, which causes a large battle when Earth soldiers get involved with a full counter strike against the aliens. The soldiers’ weapons are rendered useless by a disruptor beam. The League fights back, but the Thanagarians know their weaknesses and defeat them, too. Hawkgirl is confused by all of this. Green Lantern, the last League member still standing, tries to escape. He uses his power to carry the other incapacitated Leaguers with him, but the area is sealed off by a force field that blocks his path. Just then, Hawkgirl flies in to talk to him.

In a soothing voice she tells him to stop fighting because the Thanagarians are only trying to help them. Enraged, John Stewart asks if she ever stops lying. She tells him to trust her, but the Lantern puts his ring to her face and demands to know whose side she’s really on. She gives him a very disarming look and quietly says, “Don’t you know?” Green Lantern lowers his guard. Just like in the episode “A Better World,” Green Lantern has great difficulty bringing himself to harm Shayera, regardless of the circumstances. That proves to be his undoing, though, because Hawkgirl uses the opportunity to hit him hard with her mace. Both she and Talak stand over him as he loses consciousness.

With all the Earth’s defenses disabled, and the Justice League beaten, Hro Talak enforces marshal law over the Earth. The story he uses to justify such a drastic motion is that in order for the Thanagarians to help the earthlings defeat the Gordanians, they must be free to move and act without interference. Despite their supposed altruistic intentions, they warn the people that if they stand against the Thanagarians, the wrath they encounter will be unforgiving.

Talak has the League imprisoned on a large ship bound for space. Kragger goes through the prison ship with Hawkgirl as he talks about how her analysis of the League’s weaknesses and the Watchtower access codes proved invaluable, all within ear shot of the League members. Kragger taunts Green Lantern, saying he’ll be the least trouble of all because he’s nothing without his power ring. Hawkgirl warns Kraggar not to underestimate the League. Kraggar, clearly testing Hawkgirl’s loyalties, puts forth the suggestion of killing the heroes if they’re still a threat, and offers Hawkgirl the honor. He takes note that Hawkgirl will not kill the League, even though she uses the excuse that if they kill Earth’s heroes, the natives will revolt.

As the vessel takes off, Wonder Woman manages to get free. She liberates the other Leaguers and another action sequence happens when guards attempt to overwhelm the heroes. Wonder Woman gets several moments to kick butt this episode and this is one of them. During the course of the fight, a hole is blasted through the hull, and the League uses that as an escape route back to the Earth’s surface.

Talak is informed of the escape and sends Kragger to find the heroes, with orders to search every house, every building, and to look under every rock. In the darkness of night, the League scurries in the city from shadow to shadow, narrowly avoiding Hawk patrols. Superman helps Green Lantern take his shackles off, which Lantern throws in a dumpster. Batman tells Wonder woman to cover their tracks as they hide within a department store.

The League decides to take their costumes off and disguise themselves as ordinary citizens. The Flash isn’t sure about unveiling his identity to the others, but Batman proves he already knows The Flash is really Wally West. He also volunteers Superman’s secret identity and reveals his own. Green Lantern gets the idea to split into pairs since the Hawk soldiers will be looking for six of them. They decide to rendezvous at Wayne manor about thirty miles away.

This is a huge moment for the show, because viewers finally get to see all the League members in their civilian identities. It also shows that the Flash used in Justice League is the Wally West incarnation and not Barry Allen.

At the construction site for the shield generator in the Middle East, Paran Dul has started using humans as slaves. Hawkgirl questions Talak about the ethics of such a choice, and he admits it’s unfortunate, but necessary to finish the hyperspace bypass in time. That news shocks Hawkgirl, because the ruse had been that they’re working on a force field. It turns out that was only a cover story. Talak explains that the Thanagarians have found a chain of hyperspace jump points that will allow them to slip past the Gordanian fleet and launch a direct assault on the enemy home world. Earth is the final link in that chain. However, opening up a hole in hyperspace on Earth will destroy the planet. Talak admits that for Thanagar to live, the Earth must die. With the Gordanian fleet pressing toward Thanagar, this is their best hope for victory in the war. Hawkgirl is stunned, and her loyalties are torn more than ever.

The Hawks discover the League’s trail in the department store from the shackles GL left in the dumpster. Kragger deduces that the League is trying to pass themselves off as civilians. While Wonder Woman and Batman are walking the streets, they see Hawk people abusing citizens. Some of the citizens fight against the Thanagarians and Wonder Woman uses her powers to save some people, which causes their cover to be blown. A restaurant owner helps hide the duo, and when Hawk people barge in the establishment, Wonder Woman passionately kisses Bruce Wayne in an effort to hide their faces. She apologizes to Bruce, but, smirking, he says there’s no need to be sorry for after that kiss. This is a really big moment for those who like the Batman/Wonder Woman relationship.

The League disguises themselves as civilians.

Meanwhile, Wally West and John Stewart are trying to board a train to Gotham. Wally realizes that John is sad and frustrated. The Speedster tries to console his friend by saying that he shouldn’t blame himself for what happened because Hawkgirl fooled everyone. John says he doesn’t blame himself, he blames Hawkgirl. He only regrets ever having cared for her.

While they’re standing in line to board the train, they see Hawk soldiers checking the identification of all passengers. Wally and John know they can’t run because they will be seen if they try. John gets ready to attack with a huge wrench he has hidden up his sleeve, but Clark Kent and Martian Manhunter (in his civilian guise) conveniently arrive in the nick of time to distract the Thanagarians with reporter questions while Wally and John sneak on board.

On the Thanagarian ship, a saddened Hawkgirl looks over the Earth. Hro Talak understands she’s upset, and he tries to remind her that their true obligation is to Thanagar, not the Earth. Hawkgirl wants him to find another way to complete the bypass chain, but any alteration will set them back five years, which the Thanagarian Empire can’t afford. Hawkgirl doesn’t believe they have the right to kill billions of lives for their own benefit. Hro Talak says that Thanagar is at war and they must do what they must do. The two get into a heated argument that stops when Kragger arrives to inform Talak that they lost track of the League and can’t find them… unless Shayera knows where they are. Hawkgirl threatens Kragger at the notion of her being a traitor and storms away. When she’s gone, Kragger points out to Talak that she never answered the question.

John and Wally arrive at Wayne Manor and are greeted by Alfred. The Flash has some funny banter with the butler when he shows up. He still can’t get over that Batman is really billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. There is a strange bit of surrealism at seeing John Stewart and Wally West talk to Alfred from Batman: The Animated Series complete with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr voicing him. It’s not a bad type of surreal; it’s just something that hadn’t been seen before this episode. It really speaks to the tightness and integrity of the universe that Bruce Timm has built over the course of more than ten years at that point. I suppose seeing the entire League as civilians is sort of surreal, too. We’ve gotten so comfortable with them over these two seasons, and they’ve gotten so comfortable with each other, and yet, this development is a first. These features, along with a storyline openly about Green Lantern and Hawkgirl’s relationship, really lend to “Starcrossed” feeling very special.

John and Wally meet the others in the Batcave, where they’re speculating why the Thanagarians are really on Earth. It obviously isn’t to protect the populous from Gordanians. Surprisingly, Hawkgirl appears from the shadows to give them the answer to that question. They’re all stunned that she knew where to find them, and the shocked look on Bruce’s face is especially priceless. It says something about Hawkgirl’s prowess that she not only figured out the identity of the Batman, but also discovered his base.

The League is ready to attack her, but she says she didn’t come to fight. She warns them about the hyperspace bypass and the threat it poses to Earth. She’s sure to point out she didn’t know the magnitude of Talak’s plan, which is why she’s helping now. She gives Bruce a device with data to tell them about the bypass and its construction, and then he dismisses her. All the heroes but John Stewart turn their backs on her as they go to investigate the data. Hawkgirl asks John if he will turn his back on her, too. John snidely says the last time he let his guard down around her was when she sucker punched him. Hawkgirl defends that she was only doing what she thought was right then and that’s what she’s doing now. She gives John his power ring back and then flies away.

Unbeknownst to Hawkgirl, Kragger planted a tracking device on her uniform and recorded her exchange with the Justice League. He prepares a strike squad to attack the Batcave, but first arrests Shayera when she returns to the command ship. Her helmet is taken away and she’s presented before Hro Talek in binds. Kragger tells the commander of her treason and shows him the video from the hidden holocam. It shows her helping the Justice League, and giving John Stewart his power ring back. Talak sends her away in disgust, and commands Kragger to deal with the League once and for all. Kragger takes delight in Shayera’s downfall.

After viewing the files Hawkgirl turned over, the League learns that the bypass generator is protected by a force field controlled by the command ship. They begin setting up a plan of attack when Kragger and his Thanagarian soldiers break into Wayne Manor and the Batcave, signaling another fun battle sequence that utilizes some of the notable items within the cave. Green Lantern begins the attack on the Thanagarian force and the other Leaguers soon follow. After defeating the interlopers, the League goes back to discussing their task of saving the Earth.

Batman selects the Martian Manhunter and Flash to retake the Watchtower, which he plans on using in his plans. To do this they need to pilot a Thanagarian vessel left by the Hawk strike force in order to fool the soldiers occupying the League’s satellite stronghold. Since Martian Manhunter has no idea how to fly it, he decides to break into Kragger’s mind to retrieve the information. The process of reading the mind of a Thanagarian proves to be a huge trial for Martian Manhunter. We’re shown a weird metaphorical scene of J’onn in Kragger’s psyche getting the needed information. This is the oddest scene in the episode, but it gives the Martian a moment to shine. Kragger is left in a catatonic after J’onn’s intrusion.

Aboard the command ship, Talak confronts the imprisoned Shayera Hol. When questioned, she explains that she’s trying to save lives and doesn’t believe trading the humans’ lives for their own is just, and that the man she fell in love with would have found another way. Talak asks if she’s talking about himself or Green Lantern. He can forgive her treason and free her as long as she tells him that he is the one she loves, and that she only had a meaningless flirtation with Lantern. Hawkgirl says she’ll tell him whatever he wants to hear so long as he spares the Earth. Talak refuses her dis-ingenuousness, and says that she may forget Lantern once Earth is a memory. The story gets more and more personal. The huge stakes have now intertwined with the delicate private ones between Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, and Hro Talak, which makes this the most dramatic Justice League episode.

Martian Manhunter morphs into the shape of Kragger and uses the vessel procured from the battle at Wayne Manor to fly Batman, himself, and Flash to the Watchtower. Once aboard, they battle and defeat the Hawk garrison. Meanwhile, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman attack the defenses around the Thanagarian command ship. We see more clever constructs from Green Lantern, including a massive drill. By this point in time, the creators of the show had received feedback from fans who thought John Stewart’s use of the ring was too dull and yearned for the wacky constructs seen in Green Lantern comics. In response, Timm and company made it so Green Lantern started using the ring to make things beyond bubbles, beams, and force fields. They strayed away from more elaborate constructs because they essentially thought they were silly and recalling of Super Friends.

With the Watchtower back under League control, Batman reveals that he’s planning on taking the satellite base out of orbit and dropping it right on top of the hyperspace bypass. He has the others collect the defeated Hawk people to take with them on the escape pods. Once they’re all aboard, Batman releases the pods with Martian Manhunter and Flash in them as well, but with himself still on the Watchtower. He says he must stay to guide the Watchtower in manually so that it won’t burn up when entering the atmosphere. Thus, Batman plans to sacrifice himself to save the Earth.

Green Lantern breaks into the command ship in search of for the force field control, and Talak decides to confront him personally. Wonder Woman joins the search and passes by Shayera’s cell. Despite having nothing but loathing for Shayera, the Amazon frees her.

Once again, Green Lantern has the climactic showdown with the antagonist in the series finale.

Green Lantern is confronted by Talak in the force field control room. The Thanagarian commander is the only thing standing in his way. Talak warns that this won’t be like taking the last thing he took from him. John says that anything he took was freely offered and that Talak should take better care of his stuff. The two lock in a grand duel. It is so heavy not only because the literal fate of the world hangs in the balance, but also for its extremely personal stakes. Talak is a dedicated and driven soldier with a mission, but he also harbors a seering loathing for Green Lantern, and he proves to be a powerful opponent for the Emerald Crusader. Green Lantern gets in some good shots, such as when he makes an axe construct to match Talak’s Thanagarian energy axe, but Talak gets in a decisive blow when Lantern turns his attention to the energy barrier protecting the force field control. The Thanagarian smashes Green Lantern’s hand with his axe, breaking his power ring in the process.

Shayera enters the control room and confronts Talak herself while Lantern is laid out on the floor. When Talak sees her he smacks her in the face hard and the two begin fighting. Shayera puts up a fight, but Hro defeats her. Green Lantern gets up, and Hro says he has no woman’s skirt to hide behind. He tries to fight Hro without his ring and takes a serious beating from the super powered Thanagarian.

Paran Dul has evacuated her forces and begins activating the bypass, which increases the urgency. Green Lantern baits Hro into striking the energy barrier around the force field control, which disables it and badly damages Hro. Together, Lantern and Hawkgirl press the button to lower the shield, which will allow Batman’s attack to connect. Superman rescues Batman from the Watchtower just as it’s about to crash on the hyperspace bypass, and with the shield gone the Watchtower connects with its target and destroys it, narrowly saving the Earth.

Back on the flagship, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and Wonder Woman unite, but they’re surrounded by Hawk soldiers. A wounded Hro Talak orders his soldiers to stand down. With the bypass destroyed, their mission is a failure, and he sees who Shayera really loves. There is no reason to fight anymore. He hopes Shayera is pleased with herself and tells her it will take years to rebuild elsewhere. Shayera leaves with Lantern and Wonder Woman.

The Hawk people withdraw from Earth, and the world is grateful for the Justice League’s victory. Back at Wayne Manor, Alfred has touching words of encouragement for Hawkgirl as she waits while the League decides her fate in another room behind closed doors.

Wonder Woman, feeling betrayed, is definitely against Hawkgirl remaining in the League, but The Flash understands she was in the ultimate no win situation. Martian Manhunter knows that she is exiled from her people and the League is all she has left. Superman understands her position, but doesn’t know if he can ever really trust her again. Green Lantern, healing from his injuries battling Talak, remains silent. Batman says they’re arguing in circles and it’s time to take a vote.

Despite their strong love, John Stewart and Shayera Hol say goodbye. Thus ending the Justice League series.

Hawkgirl is summoned to the meeting room, and before Superman can tell her what they’ve decided, she speaks up. She says that she came to Earth as a patriot; a soldier sent to carry out a mission. What she didn’t anticipate was that she would come to care for Earth, the people there, and the Justice League. She’s spent the last five years conflicted between her feelings and her duty. Taking matters into her own hands, she decides to resign from the Justice League. The Flash hugs her on her way out, but laments what will happen to the League with no Hawkgirl, Javelin, or Watchtower. Martian Manhunter is the one to immediately speak up and say that they will rebuild, and Superman agrees. The Earth still needs them.

On the sunset drenched cliffs outside Wayne Manor, Green Lantern meets with Shayera as an extremely touching music theme plays. He asks her where she will go, and she admits she doesn’t know. Someplace where there are no more lies or secrets. He asks her if it was all a lie, and she turns to look him in the eyes. She confidently tells John Stewart that she loves him, and that she never lied about that. Shayera stands looking at John Stewart one last time and then flies off into the sunset. The episode, the season, and the series end with John Stewart whispering that he loves Shayera, too… but she’s too far away to hear him. Tears roll down his eyes as he watches the woman he loves fly away.

Maria Canals and Phil Lamarr’s performances at the end are really incredible. If Bruce Timm’s Justice League story had ended like this, as was originally planned, it would have likely been the saddest American action cartoon in existence.

At the time of Justice League’s original airing, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl had the most tastefully mature scenes to come out of western action animation on television. It was insanely groundbreaking to not only showcase a romance with this much depth on a kids action cartoon, but also to have it one between an African American man and a woman with the appearance of a Caucasian. It really had never been done before. This is a show that has something for everyone, including those who are not typically drawn to superheroes. Its storytelling is so tight and sophisticated that it can be appreciated by anyone, and “Starcrossed” is an excellent example of that. It is a sweeping, intense tale of love, betrayal, heroism, and heartbreak.

It’s hard to watch a character we’ve come so far with totally deceive the others, especially Green Lantern. But that’s what makes this so great. It’s easy to actually care about these characters and their bonds, which we’ve watched grow. In actuality, at the time, “Starcrossed” really split the fanbase between those who supported and sympathized with Hawkgirl and those who didn’t. The shocking revelations about Hawkgirl in the series finale more than make up for the lack of focus on her throughout the series, and in this one story, she becomes one of the most well developed characters on the show.

What’s great about “Starcrossed” is that all the heroes shine. There’s Batman’s selfless sacrifice, and he exposed the Thanagarian threat with his superior detective skills. Superman and Batman’s friendship is highlighted when Superman goes to rescue Batman from the plummeting Watchtower. Martian Manhunter is the one who decides the League will rebuild. Wonder Woman kicks a lot of butt, and she and Batman share a kiss. The Flash is there to console his friends, John Stewart and Shayera Hol. Once again, Green Lantern gets the final showdown with the antagonist in the season finale, which contributes to this story being just as much about him as it is about Hawkgirl.

The creators planned on using Hawkman for this episode, but DC Comics would not allow them to portray that character as a villain. Thus, Hro Talak was created. Hro is somewhat sympathetic. What he’s doing is terrible, but it’s not evil for evil’s sake, which makes the story more captivating.

“Starcrossed” is a thing of beauty. It is shocking, gets the blood boiling, and is very forlorn. It’s very poetic to end Justice League with Hawkgirl and Green Lantern on the cliffs outside of Wayne manor at sunset.

Now that all is said and done with Justice League, let’s see how it really holds up, and what legacy it left behind.
Continue to Part 7: Conclusion


  • Hudson Faber

    Comfort and Joy is my all time favorite Christmas special. It has SO much heart.

    I really love Wild Cards. It’s a great small team story that lets every character on the team shine. It’s just so much fun. I think it’s a quintessential Justice League episode.

    And who doesn’t love Starcrossed? The story was written by the screenwriter of Twelve Years A Slave and has lots of awesome character moments. I loved seeing the team work undercover in their secret identities. And I loved their fight in the Bat Cave.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ppc84NMu04

    • Desh Derringer

      Wow. I didn’t know that about the screenwriter. I think this batch of episodes is overall the best. They’re all of amazing quality and they’re very daring.