The latest episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders did much to explain the secrets of various characters, yet still left viewers with more questions than answers. The latest grouping of three episodes told three unique stories, continuing the trend started by last week's new releases. Yet the new trio of episodes also pushed the greater storyline of the season so far forward in unexpected directions.
The seventh episode, "Evolution", offered a look back at the life of the immortal conqueror Vandal Savage, teaching us of Vandal's secret role as Earth's defender from alien invaders even as he faced a new threat from beyond the stars that the Justice League was unaware of. The eighth episode, "Triptych", told three seemingly unconnected stories involving the Outsiders, the Justice League members on Earth and the unnamed team of teen vigilantes overseen by Robin. The ninth episode "Home Fires", saw the Outsiders attacked by the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo, as an unseen enemy targeted a play-date arranged for all the young children of the Justice League's members.
These episodes continued to primarily focus upon the Outsiders, but we did gain new insight into just what Batman and the Justice League have been doing since the season premiere. We also learned something of the new members of The Light and just what the New Gods of Apokolips are planning for Earth. Here are all the questions we have after watching the most recent episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders.
- This Page: Vandal Savage's Kids, Fire, Appellaxia, and Rutabaga
- Page 2: The Anti-Life Equation, Star Creatures, Miguel Ferrer, and Halo's Powers
- Page 3: League of Shadows, The Metahuman Fail-Safe, Simon Stagg, Lobo, and Gretchen Goode
14. Who Is Cassandra Savage?
Much of Young Justice: Outsiders episode 7 is told through the eyes of Cassandra - a daughter of Vandal Savage, who has just come of age and been entrusted with a biography detailing her father's long life. As the episode unfolds, we learn (along with Cassandra) of how Vandal has lived many lives under many names, being remembered by history both as the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan and the Babylonian God Marduk. At the end of the episode, Cassandra assumes a new position as her father's most trusted lieutenant.
While Vandal Savage has had many children over the years, few of them have been chronicled in the comics or other media. Cassandra Savage is one of the more recent creations, having been created for the first season of Legends of Tomorrow, where she appeared in the episode "Leviathan" as one of Vandal Savage's generals in the year 2166. Curiously, the animation model for Cassandra in Young Justice: Outsiders resembles Scandal Savage - a daughter of Vandal Savage from the comic book series Secret Six, who rebelled against her father after he tried to forcibly marry her off.
13. How many children has Vandal Savage had?
Young Justice: Outsiders episode 7 speaks of Vandal Savage having had several children over the years, including the woman remembered as the Babylonian goddess Ishtar and Nabu - the Lord of Order whose spirit empowers the Helm of Dr. Fate. It is unknown precisely how many offspring Vandal Savage may have sired, but given that he was Genghis Khan in the reality of Young Justice: Outsiders the number could well be countless. Real world genetics scientists have discovered a Y-chromosome lineage which suggests that 1 out of every 200 men alive today is a direct descendant of Genghis Khan, who was said to have had hundreds of children during his life.
12. Who Is Fire?
Episode 7 sees Violet, Forager and Prince Brion being presented with their first superhero costumes. Prince Brion is told that his costume was specially designed by the Justice League member Fire, so that he wouldn't have to worry about it burning up whenever he used his earth-bending powers to create lava. While we have not seen her on-screen in Young Justice: Outsiders yet, Fire (aka Beatriz da Costa) is a longtime member of the Justice League in the comics. A frequent partner of Tora "Ice" Olafsdotter (who we did see in the Season 3 premiere), da Costa was a Brazilian secret agent, who gained the power to generate green fire around her body after being caught in an explosion. She utilized the codenames Green Fury and Green Flame as a member of the international Global Guardians superhero team, before joining the Justice League as Fire.
11. What is Appellaxia?
While discussing a mysterious fleet of ships approaching Earth in Young Justice: Outsiders episode 7, Lex Luthor asks Vandal Savage if he can get the Justice League members currently off-planet to deal with the problem. Savage replies that he's arranged for those heroes to be distracted by a problem on the planet Appellaxia. This was the alien world whose energy-based inhabitants were responsible for creating the Justice League, having taken possession of several specially-constructed physical forms in order to invade the Earth. The original founders of the Justice League joined forces to repel the invasion and, realizing the wisdom of working together, elected to remain teamed-up in a formal capacity. The Appellaxians were seen previously in Young Justice: Invasion, where their host bodies were on display in the museum inside the Hall of Justice.
10. What Is Project Rutabaga?
As they continue discussing the fleet of potential alien invaders approaching Earth, Lex Luthor asks if Klarion The Witch Boy can deal with it. Savage sighs and replies with a single word, "Project," before Luthor finishes the thought with "Rutabaga" and chuckles, saying he had forgotten about that. We see Klarion two episodes later in "Home Fires" among the rest of the leadership of The Light but nothing more is said about this Project Rutabaga. So what is it?