With Boom Tube road trips, fighting over chairs, the nostrils of a God, and underwater intrigue, this week’s episode of ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ had it all. Each week we’ve been examining how the show has adapted DC comic book source material, so let’s take a look at some of the Easter eggs in “Quiet Conversations.”
Metron's Comfy Chair
If you’re curious about who Metron is, the brief biography Dreamer gave of him this week was pretty accurate. As she mentioned, he travels around in his Mobius chair, and helped the New Gods develop their Boom Tube teleportation technology. He first appeared in 1971’s ‘The New Gods’ #1 (written by Jack Kirby and Marv Wolfman, art by Jack Kirby), and this episode seemed to capture his “observe and don’t interfere mentality” that has often frustrated people in the comics. Metron doesn’t have allegiance to any side of the New Genesis vs. Apokolips war, and has been known to switch from side to side depending on what suits his pursuit of knowledge at that particular moment. Is it any surprise that Bear punched him?
This week Violet sought to alleviate some of her guilt by bringing closure to Gabrielle Daou’s family. This was inspired by a similar storyline from the comics where an amnesiac Halo was reunited with Violet’s parents. Don’t forget, in the comics things are reversed and Gabrielle was the pseudonym while Violet was the name of the girl whose body Halo inhabited. Sam and Margaret Harper, Violet’s real parents, first appeared in ‘Batman and the Outsiders’ #16 (written by Mike W. Barr and penciled by Jim Aparo) after Bruce Wayne hired Jason Bard to track them down. The reunion was happy, but awkward, since Violet hadn’t left things on good terms with her parents before running off and becoming Halo. Sam and Margaret’s names were altered on this week’s episode to Samad and Madia, to help fit their new Quraci backgrounds. Her parents were killed by Tobias Whale and Synonide in ‘Batman and the Outsiders’ #20 (written by Mike W. Barr and penciled by Jim Aparo). Before they died, Halo lied and said she had regained Violet’s memories, hoping it would make her parent’s final moments happy ones. Whether it’s comics or the cartoon, Halo has always sought to bring closure to her parents.
Harper’s Family Drama
Violet wasn’t the only Harper facing family strife this week. Harper Row’s home life was explored during a tense counseling session with Megan Morse, and we learned about her brother Cullen and their abusive father. Cullen first appeared in 2012’s ‘Batman’ #12 (written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, penciled by Becky Cloonan and Andy Clarke). In the comics he was a homosexual, an editor at a teen magazine and had a crush on Tim Drake. Marcus Row, Harper and Cullen’s father, was just as much of a jerk in the comics as this episode implied. He beat his kids, causing Harper and Cullen to emancipate from him. Marcus was first seen in 2013’s ‘Batman’ #18 (written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, penciled by Andy Kubert and Alex Maleev), and his rough lifestyle landed him in jail multiple times. Although his children attempted to be cordial and visit him in jail, the visits never went well. It’s just as well, because it seems like the Row children are better off without him.
Walls and Rings
Thanks to Mother Box technology, the Team was able to visit a few new interesting places this week. Their first stop was the awe inspiring Source Wall, which was first seen in 1971’s ‘The New Gods’ #5 (story and art by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon). The concept and the name was later fine-tuned in ‘The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans’ (written by Chris Claremont and penciled by Walt Simonson). The Source Wall is located at the end of the universe, and beyond its barriers lie a cosmic power greater than any ever seen before. With all that cosmic power, it’s odd that Metron chose to hang out in a god’s nose.
After leaving the Source Wall, the Team Boom Tubed to the planet Minosyss. The warworld was first seen in ‘DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy’ (written by Phil Jimenez and penciled by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez), where the Titans journeyed to the world to free an amnesiac Donna Troy from the Titans of Myth’s control.
Citizens of Atlantis
This episode featured Kaldur giving the new unnamed meta-teen a VIP tour of Atlantis. During the tour, a few of the underwater city’s more famous citizens popped in for an appearance. Calvin Durham, Kaldur’s stepfather, has been around since 1977’s ‘Aquaman’ #57 (written by David Michelinie and penciled by Jim Aparo). He was originally one of Black Manta’s henchmen, but after seeing how far-gone his employer was he decided to switch sides to Aquaman. Thanks to his implants, he’s able to breathe underwater even though he was born human. The reference he made to San Diego this episode was another nod to the comics, since his original counterpart became mayor of the city after it sank underwater and was known as Sub Diego.
His wife Sha’lain’a is a character original to the show’s continuity, but she did appear in the tie-in comic. The series is worth checking out! Not only is it in continuity with the cartoon, but it sometimes gives you early peaks at characters who haven’t debuted in the series yet. Sha’lain’a first appeared in 2012’s ‘Young Justice’ #14 (written by Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps, penciled by Christopher Jones), and the story also features Calvin and Wyynde. Who is Wyynde? That’s the man who Kaldur kissed during the end of the episode. While Wyynde, who first appeared in ‘Warlord’ #56 (written by Paul Kupperberg and Sharon Wright, penciled by Jan Duursema), is an Atlantean, his comic book counterpart lived centuries before Aquaman was born. Thanks to the show taking some liberties with chronology, Wyynde can now experience the 21st century, and it appears Kaldur is glad that he’s there!
Every episode of ‘Young Justice’ contains a few hidden references to the number 16. How did you fare in this week’s search? We found two references during the timestamps. When Fred Bugg was searching for Cyborg, the time read 4:16 PST, and when Megan’s counseling session with Harper Row began the time read 8:16 EST. Did you spot any others? Don’t forget to be on the look out during the next episodes so you can compare your findings with ours.