Episode guide

"Happy New Year" is the first episode of the second season of Young Justice, and the 27th of the overall series. It aired on April 28, 2012.


The Team takes on the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo... as a precursor to an alien invasion![1]


The Watchtower
January 1, 03:21 EST

Robin, Batman, Aqualad, Aquaman, Captain Marvel and Red Tornado discuss what happened to the Justice League while they were under Vandal Savage's control. Robin was able to account for most of the Justice League members except for Martian Manhunter, John Stewart, Wonder Woman, Hawkwoman, Superman and Batman, who went missing for a total of sixteen hours.

Gotham City
January 1, 16:16 EST
Sewer fight

Miss Martian and Superboy fight Clayface in the sewers.

Superboy is running down a sewer tunnel and notices clay on the floor. Clayface rises up from the water and grabs Superboy by the neck. He pulls Superboy to his body, trying to suffocate him.

Miss Martian intervenes, dropping her camouflage to telekinetically free Superboy. Clayface lunges at Superboy and misses. Miss Martian calls in the rest of Delta Squad.

Robin attacks Clayface from behind with electrified batarangs, but Clayface is not impressed. It was just a distraction, however, and Superboy is able to administer a pill to the monster that causes him to solidify from the inside. Beast Boy, Blue Beetle and Bumblebee arrive late, and the former is disappointed he couldn't find a souvenir. Blue Beetle mocks him, and tells him the stench from the sewer is a decent reminder. Miss Martian contacts the Cave to let Nightwing know the target is neutralized.

Mount Justice
January 1, 18:18 EST
Captain Atom calls

Captain Atom calls the new Team.

Nightwing beats Lagoon Boy in a sparring match, and Lagoon Boy is not happy with it. He promises that he'll eventually beat him, no matter how much training Nightwing had. Delta Squad arrives home. Mal checks up with Bumblebee to go on a date that night, but she gives him a rain check because she has a meeting with Doctor Palmer. Lagoon Boy welcomes Miss Martian home with a kiss, which upsets Superboy.

Captain Atom contacts the Cave; the United Nations building is under attack. Mal informs Nightwing that Beta Squad is only two blocks away. Nightwing sends them on their way.

New York City
January 1, 18:23 EST
Wonder Girl's might

Wonder Girl takes on Lobo to buy Batgirl some time.

Lobo carelessly walks through the hallways on the UN building, not at all hindered by the police that tries to stop him from getting to Secretary General Tseng. After ordering his computer to translate his speech from Interlac to English, he gives Tseng a warning: surrender or die. Not getting a satisfactory answer, he chooses the second option for his target.

Wonder Girl flies in and punches the bounty hunter in his stomach, which puts him on his knees. Batgirl breaks through the window and tells Wonder Girl to keep him busy while she tries to bring the Secretary General to safety. Wonder Girl punches Lobo in the face, but it has no effect on him. He grabs her head and throws her against the wall. Lobo goes after Batgirl and Tseng, who have escaped by elevator.

Krolotean captive

Lobo gets what he came for.

Lobo catches up to them, but Batgirl distracts him with a smoke bomb and uses the diversion to escape with Tseng, turning the fight back over to Wonder Girl. She manages to get get her lasso around him, but he again overpowers her. Lobo pulls the lasso and punches Wonder Girl in the face which sends her twirling into the ceiling. Batgirl jumps over Lobo and attaches two bombs to his collar. Wonder Girl flies from behind for a renewed attack, but Lobo grabs her feet and throws her at Batgirl, knocking them both down. Lobo grabs Tseng and pulls his arms apart, revealing it's actually a robot with a Krolotean inside.

Lobo graps the alien, attaches him to his bike and flies off. Batgirl and Wonder Girl come to, but can't stop him.

Gordon Godfrey mistrust

G. Gordon Godfrey plants seeds of distrust.

Two days later, G. Gordon Godfrey shows security footage of the alien attack in his program. He makes negative comments about aliens, and warns his viewers that the aliens in the Justice League shouldn't be trusted. He then switches to a live scene in Washington, D.C., outside the Hall of Justice. Field reporter Cat Grant tries to get a statement from Zatanna and Rocket, but the two have no comment on the matter. Catherine Cobert, the League's public liaison, tells Cat that the League will issue a comment in due time. Godfrey continues to berate the league, making comments about Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Icon, and Hawkman, and their potential to be aliens.

The Watchtower
January 3, 17:08 EST
Meet Adam Strange

Meet Adam Strange.

Zatanna and Rocket arrive by Zeta-Beam, just in time for a briefing. John Stewart informs them, Batman, Nightwing, Superboy, Captain Atom, Martian Manhunter, Miss Martian and Adam Strange about Lobo, and his target, which worries him more: a Krolotean. Kroloteans always travel in packs.

Martian Manhunter introduces the heroes to Adam Strange, a STAR Labs scientist with the Erdel Initiative. He is responsible for maintaining the Zeta-Beam teleportation technology for the Justice League. Superboy makes a comment telepathically, and Manhunter connects Strange to the group telepathically, who is overwhelmed by the experience. Adam Strange tells his story:

While working on the tubes, something went wrong and he found himself on Rann. He met a native scientist, Sardath, and after a while, they eventually figured out a way to communicate with each other. Sardath told Adam about how some of his technology was stolen.

John informs the heroes that the stealing technology fits the Krolotean way of life.

Strange continues; Sardath had discovered that a single transmission on Rann landed on multiple places on Earth. He was trying to trace them but accidentally brought Strange to Rann. He gave Strange a device that could detect where Kroloteans were on Earth.
Mystery unveiled

The mystery of the missing 16 hours resurfaces with some details.

Captain Atom organizes raids on every Krolotean location on Earth, while League members will travel to Rann with Strange to cut the Kroloteans at the source. Strange tells them Justice Leaguers are personae non gratae on Rann. He also states that six Leaguers are wanted criminals.

Nightwing then realizes that those Leaguers are the ones that were unaccounted for five years earlier, while under Savage's control. Batman agrees with his former protégé. John wants to alert Hal and Guy to the mission. But because of planetary watch alert on every Leaguer, Nightwing steps up and says he'll send a Squad to Rann instead.

Telepathically, Zatanna tells Nightwing, Miss Martian, and Superboy that they are still welcome to join the Justice League whenever they want. The three tell their former teammates that they are happy where they are.

Mount Justice
January 4, 20:00 EST

Nightwing informs the Team that they will hit all Krolotean hideouts simultaneously.

January 4, 22:55 EST

Nightwing announces that he and Wonder Girl are Alpha Squad, their assignment is Philadelphia. They head there in the Super-Cycle.

January 5, 05:57 EET

Beta Squad is Batgirl, Bumblebee and Wolf; their assignment is Vlatavastok.

New Orleans
January 4, 21:59 CST

Robin is appointed the leader of Gamma Squad with Blue Beetle and Lagoon Boy; they head to New Orleans in the Bio-Ship.

Krolotean hideout

Gamma Squad sneaks into the Krolotean hideout.

Gamma Squad arrive at New Orleans, and after mistaking a tool shed as their target, find the real lair under the waterline. Inside, Robin informs the base that the Krolotean hideout is full of stolen technology. Mal tells them to lay low and he'll send back-up, but it's too late. They're spotted and attacked by the Kroloteans.

The abductees

Robin finds several abductees.

Robin uses his staff to fight them, Lagoon Boy expands his body and Blue Beetle uses his sonic gun to attack. Beetle discovers he can understand the Krolotean language through his armor. He finds out the Krolotean leader is ordering everyone to evacuate while it starts a self-destruct countdown and to leave the hostages. The three go deeper underground and find trapped victims, including Secretary General Tseng. The hostages are frightened by the alien-like appearance of Lagoon Boy and Blue Beetle, and scream in terror when Lagoon Boy breaks open the cage. They save the trapped victims and escape in the nick of time.

Back on the surface, they are welcomed by the Justice League and the Team. Nightwing commends them on a job well done.

January 4, 22:16 UTC

Zeta Squad, consisting of Adam Strange, Superboy, Miss Martian and Beast Boy arrive on the planet Rann by Zeta-Beam. Beast Boy is amazed at his surroundings.


"Happy New Year" is the common salutation given on New Year, which is where this episode takes place (January 1). Also, the narrative jumps fives years forward, from 2011 to 2016, making it literally a new year in the narrative.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Cameron Bowen Robin  
Lacey Chabert Zatanna
Tim Curry G. Gordon Godfrey  
Bruce Greenwood Batman
Logan Grove Beast Boy
Stephanie Lemelin Catherine Cobert  
Eric Lopez Blue Beetle  
Yuri Lowenthal Lagoon Boy
Jesse McCartney Nightwing
Danica McKellar Miss Martian
Masasa Moyo Bumblebee
Cat Grant
Nolan North Superboy
Yuji Okumoto Tseng
Kevin Michael Richardson Mal Duncan
Green Lantern
Martian Manhunter
David Sobolov Lobo  
Alyson Stoner Batgirl
Michael Trucco Adam Strange  
Michael T. Weiss Captain Atom
Mae Whitman Wonder Girl  
Non-speaking roles
Bibbo Bibbowski
Black Canary
Black Lightning  
Captain Marvel
Doctor Fate
Green Arrow
Noor Harjavti
Plastic Man
Red Tornado
Wonder Woman
Full credits
9 Character debut
0 Speaking debut
0 Episode debut


  • The opening monologue recaps (part of) the events of "Auld Acquaintance".
  • The opening shot of Gotham City Park mirrors the opening shot of "Independence Day". Also, in that episode Mister Freeze went on a freezing rampage there, while in this one the park in covered with snow.
  • Likewise, the ending, with the entire Justice League arriving, mirrors the ending of "Fireworks" (and to a lesser extent, "Revelation").
  • Apparently over the past years, Clayface has become resistant to an attack on his morphogenic field with the right electric frequency. In "Downtime" he was defeated with it.
  • The continuation of bringing souvenirs from missions, which Kid Flash began during "Welcome to Happy Harbor", still goes on, though Beast Boy has taken over the responsibility of collecting them.


Language translations

Language Line Translation
Interlac Lobo: Hahn Sho Lobo skahveyt-ka, ka SKAHvey keezy Krolo! The Main Man can smell you, you stinkin' little Krolotean![2]
Lobo: Ka ree? Ka REE? Seriously?[2]
Lobo: Ka seh Hahn Sho Lobo, Krolo. Plee-ay suh frag. Just you and the Main Man, Krolotean. Surrender or die.[2]
Lobo: Frag ka. Die it is.[2]
Lobo: Ka ree? Keezy fem frag Hahn Sho Lobo? Ka ree? Seriously? This little girl thinks she can take down the Main Man?[2]
Lobo: Keezy fem... Little girl...[2]
Lobo: Rok tor keezy fem. Planet of the little girls.[2]
Lobo: Frag-ka, Krolo. Time to die, Krolotean.[2]
Lobo: SKAHvey Krolo... Stinkin' Krolotean...[2]
Lobo: Hahn Sho Lobo lok toy. Keezy fem… ka rok, ka rok. The Main Man's contract's complete. Little girls… your world's your world.[2]
Lobo: Vlash suh frag. Shut up or die.[2]
Fake Tseng: Plee-ay! Plee-ay! I surrender! I surrender![2]

Cultural references

  • "The Main Man" in Interlac translates into "Hahn Sho Lobo", which is a pun of Han Solo, a character from the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by Harrison Ford. Like Lobo, Han Solo was an intergalactic mercenary.


  • Throughout the entire fight scene between Wonder Girl and Lobo, the size of the upper "W" on Cassie's shirt changes between cuts.
  • While Nightwing claims there are fourteen zeta sites, the maps shown in the episode contradict this. In the briefing scene, a map with seventeen sites is displayed. In the scene where Mal communicates with Alpha and Beta squads, a map with ten sites is displayed.
  • During the mission assignment, when Lagoon Boy says "Neptune's Beard", his hair fin is green instead of black.


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  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For complete answers to the questions in this section, click here.

Answered questions

Unanswered questions

  • How long has Tseng been replaced with an alien?
  • What is the reason Nightwing, Miss Martian and Superboy don't want to join the League?


Blue Beetle: Now that sounds like a plan, you know, for you hermano.

  • Wonder Girl: Hold it, clownface! We weren't done dancing!
  • Lobo: Keesy fem!
  • Wonder Girl: Yeah, yeah, "keesy fem." I've been called worse... I think?

  • Nightwing: Tim. You'll be running Gamma.
  • Robin: Me? Dick, I've never led a squad before.
  • Nightwing: Making this a good opportunity to get your feet wet as a field leader.
  • Robin: Because it's Gamma and you're not expecting trouble? Or because we're stretched thin and you have no choice?
  • Nightwing: Just don't die, okay. And no unnecessary risks to the squad. That's an order.

  • Abductees: More aliens!
  • Blue Beetle: Hey, we're not aliens. (beat) O-okay. W-well, he is, but we're not!

  • Robin: Ask him the fastest way out.
  • Blue Beetle: Dude, I don't speak the— (to himself) wait, you can? Well what are you waiting for?!
  • Lagoon Boy: Blue's an odd little fish, isn't he?

  • Lagoon Boy: That's right, Gamma Squad rules!

  • Nightwing: Dude! Way to get your feet wet!


  1. (2012-04-27). SEASON TWO. The World's Finest. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Weisman, Greg (2012-09-20). Question #15947. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-09-19.

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