The most recent episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders continue to raise questions about what happened over the two years since the second season finale. They also prompted speculation as to what various groups - such as the League of Shadows and The Light - are currently working on now that Lex Luthor has virtually taken over the United Nations and hamstrung the Justice League's operations.
The first three episodes of season 3 were largely devoted to the efforts of Nightwing, Artemis, Black Lightning and Superboy stopping a metahuman trafficking ring in the nation of Markovia. The mission was a mixed success, with the team successfully shutting down the trafficking ring and thwarting an attempted coup of the Markovian government by Baron Bedlam, but also failing to stop several abducted children from being shipped off-world via Boom Tube. The heroes were also left with three refugees to take care of - Dr. Helga Jace, Prince Brion of Markovia and a mysterious "Halo-Girl" who had no memory of who she was before waking up in a mass grave.
Episodes 4, 5, and 6, titled "Private Security", "Away Mission" and "Rescue Op", were different from the first three episodes, in that they told separate stories with several subplots, as Prince Brion and Halo began to find their footing in the United States and learned to control their new powers. They were joined by another refugee, Forager - a young bug from New Genesis, who had been exiled from his people due to his efforts to bring peace between his people and the New Gods. The action of these episodes also saw Nightwing working to stop another trafficking ring in Star City, Miss Martian leading the junior Justice League members on a mission to New Genesis and an ill-advised raid on the League of Shadows' base on Infinity Island. Here are the questions we have after watching the latest exciting episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders.
- This Page: Halo's Powers and Wolf's Naps, and Ma'alefa'ak
- Page 2: Ma'alefa'ak's Employer, the League of Shadows, and Ra's al Ghul
- Page 3: The Robins, The Justice Leauge, Batman, and Oracle
10. What are Halo's Powers?
The mystery around Halo and her powers grew stranger still in this collection of three episodes, as she showed a wider variety of abilities and a greater command of her existing powers. In previous episodes, Halo was shown to have the abilities to fly, generate force-fields, and heal herself and others. This last ability, which manifested when Halo's aura turned violet, prompted Prince Brion to address her as Violet and her deciding to take that as her "non-mission" name. The fourth Young Justice: Outsiders episode revealed that Halo could also generate concussive blasts of hard light whenever her aura was yellow.
Two other incidents suggested that Halo is something more than metahuman. In "Private Security", Doctor Fate examines Halo at Artemis' prompting and says that he senses that she is "an old soul in a very young body," but declines to explain just what that means, saying it is not his place to judge such things. Later, in "Rescue Op", when Halo and Prince Brion first meet Forager, she rattles off a surprisingly detailed description of New Genesis, like something one would read in an encyclopedia. Artemis asks just how Halo knows that much about the home of the good New Gods but Halo can't remember.
All of this suggests that the show will be closely adapting Halo's backstory from the original Batman and the Outsiders comics. It was eventually revealed there that Halo was not a metahuman but a gestalt entity formed from the body of a dead human woman and an eternal being made of pure energy. This would match up with Doctor Fate's comments about Halo's "old soul" and explain how she had access to knowledge she shouldn't have about an alien world. It should be noted, however, that the powers related to Halo's auras on the show do not precisely match up with her powers in the comics. It also remains to be seen if Halo generates green, blue, and purple auras and what powers will be tied to them.
9. Why is Wolf sleeping so much?
The product of a twisted experiment by The Brain to transform ordinary animals into creatures capable of going toe-to-toe with superheroes, the white wolf eventually named Wolf was adopted by Superboy in the first-season episode 'Alpha Male'. Since that time, Wolf has been a constant companion to the Boy of Steel and frequently accompanied him into battle. The years seem to have taken a toll on Wolf, however, and when he's been seen on-screen in Young Justice: Outsiders he has either been napping or grumbling about having his napping disturbed.
In Young Justice: Outsiders episode 4, Prince Brion noted that he hadn't seen Wolf do anything but sleep and a morose Superboy noted that's all Wolf seems to do lately. One episode later, in "Away Mission", Bear of the Forever People came to Superboy to ask for help solving a mystery on his homeworld and asked if Wolf would be accompanying them to New Genesis. Miss Martian looked to the sleeping Wolf and quickly said that he would be sitting-out this mission. Is Wolf starting to feel his age, being well past his puppy years? Or is there something more sinister about his newfound need for sleep?
8. Who is Ma'alefa'ak?
The plot of "Away Mission" sees Miss Martian leading the young heroes of the Justice League to the alien world of New Genesis to investigate a mystery. Reportedly Orion of the New Gods had begun bullying and robbing the bug people who live on the planet's surface, when the New Gods had always been fair trading partners before. Miss Martian suspected that Orion was being impersonated by another shape-shifter. She quickly identified the culprit as her younger brother, M'Comm M'orzz, who had adopted the name Ma'alefa'ak, after a Martian animal famous for its ferocity.
While M'Comm M'orzz is a creation unique to the reality of Young Justice, the name of Ma'alefa'ak is taken directly from the Martian Manhunter comics. There, Ma'alefa'ak was the villainous twin-brother of J'onn J'onzz, who had his mental powers taken away after he telepathically forced himself onto his brother's wife. This failed to pacify Ma'alefa'ak, however, and with his memories altered so that he believed he had been born without the mental connection that all other Green Martians had, he grew bitter in his isolation. This spurred him to create a deadly plague, which spread telepathically, causing Green Martians who used their telepathy to spontaneously combust. This brought about the downfall of the Green Martian race, with only Ma'alefa'al and J'onn surviving.