Episode #10 - Dark Heart
Original Airdate - December 11th, 2004
When the entire League is helpless to stop an alien invasion, the
world's only hope is the Atom, a microscopic super hero.
Review by Stu
Media by Bird Boy
Written by Warren Ellis
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation by Dong Yang Animation
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman
Carl Lumbly as J'onn J'onzz
George Newbern as Superman
John C. McGinely as The Atom
J.K. Simmons as General Eiling
Michael Beach as Commander
Catherine Cavadini as Kate
|A somewhat strange episode of JLU, because the enemy here has no character,
yet appears to be invincible. It’s simply a big violent thing that likes to
grow and destroy stuff. The villain does feel like a threat, if only because
just about every member of The Justice League shows up.
The highlight of this episode is easily The Atom. His character has a very
dry sense of humor that the episode and the situation really needed. John C.
McGinley performed his one-liners magnificently especially when he was
fighting the snake at the sub molecular level. He had some of the best
one-liners in DCU history “…personally, I blame you” and “I’m going to lay
here for a while, Katie. I’m old now and I get tired” are the stuff of
The main flaw of this episode is the rather odd pacing. It’s typical of all
of Warren Ellis’ work, as anyone who has read Ultimate Fantastic Four will
agree to, but for animated show, pacing can completely ruin an episode.
Everything moves far too slowly. It’s more than likely because once we leave
Professor Palmers lab, everything stays in the same place.
The ending was interesting and The Atom raised a good point. It’s pretty
self-explanatory. All in all, it was an average episode, made better by
sharp wit from The Atom. John C. McGinley is absolutely perfect for this
The Atom: “Amazing. Show him a weapon which destroyed its creators
and every other thing it saw and he wants to play with it. What’s to stop
history repeating itself here on Earth?”
Superman: “We are”
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