One of my absolute favorite things about Young Justice is the mind link. Seriously, just imagine all of the crazy stuff the team can do when they can actually read each other’s minds during a mission:  

- Infinite Rickrolls 
- Wally making an obvious effort to not call Robin “Dick” when they’re linked and getting really frustrated   
- Being spoiled about Christmas presents and surprise parties 
- When one member gets hurt everyone feels it 
- Dick and Wally trying to see how loud they can scream in their minds until Kaldur starts yelling at them  
- Something blows up and everyone simultaneously goes “same" 
- Everyone cringing when Conner and M'gann have really loud dirty thoughts about each other 
- Hearing Kaldur mentally sigh at least fifteen times a mission 
- When one person has a song stuck in their head, everyone gets the song in their head  
- This of course leads to the entire team becoming a silent choir as they all mentally belt out Let It Go together while beating up bad guys 
- When Raquel first joined, they learned that ”??????“ makes an actual sound in ones head 
- Zatanna thinking backwards and giving everyone a headache 
- They even linked up Wolf once just to see what it was like and they heard weird stuff like “Boy? Boy is bird?? He is puppy??? Need cuddles??? Must protect!!!” “Superboy!💗💗💗💗 Human! Best human! Best human in whole world!” “I good boy?? Treats????” “BANE BAD. KILL BANE. HE HURT BABIES?!?!?! BITE. BITE. BITE!!! I TREATS??? I DID GOOD??????” It was definitely a learning experience about how dogs work, and they also learned about how Wolf sees Robin as a small puppy in need of protection, so that was fun to tease him about.  
- Conner screams even in his mind 
- There is no privacy whatsoever, so that’s how the team learned things about each other that they will definitely regret knowing 
- Artemis and Wally flirting all the time just to make everyone uncomfortable     - Falling asleep on stakeouts leads to seeing each other’s dreams and even interacting in them                                                                                                 - Once Wally had a nightmare about his father and everyone saw it, though Wally had no idea and was confused when they spent the rest of the week being really nice to him                                                                                           - On really traumatic missions, sometimes one member will get flashbacks and all of them see it too  
- Dick singing Bohemian Rhapsody for five hours straight 
- The team learning that M'gann curses like a sailor in her head  
- Kaldur mentally goes “WTF” so many times they lost count 
- Silently judging everyone together 

I just really love the mind link concept okay? 


Young Superheroes of Color in Young Justice:

Kaldur'ahm - Aqualad/Artemis Crock - Artemis/Raquel Ervin - Rocket/Karen Beecher - Bumblebee/Mal Duncan - Guardian/Jaime Reyes - Blue Beetle/Tye Longshadow - Apache Chief/Virgil Hawkins - Static/Eduardo Dorado Jr. - El Dorado/Asami Koizumi - Samurai


It’s a lot easier to pull yourself up by your boot-straps Mr. Man, if you already know how to fly.

WOC Teen Superhero Parade Presents: Raquel Ervin a.k.a. Rocket and Darnice a.k.a. Rocket II

Raquel Ervin grew up in a poor neighborhood, but was always very social-aware and wanted to become a writer to improve the world. She also had a tendency of letting her more selfish friends talk her into stupid ideas. Like breaking into the house of a rich black Republican lawyer, Augustus Freeman IV. Who turned out to have superpowers. Raquel confronted him and convinced he should use these powers to set up a positive example for the community. Augustus became a superhero named Icon and Raquel used his technology to become his partner, Rocket.

When Raquel’s boyfriend got her pregnant, she decided to retire and passed the mantle of Rocket to her friend, Darnice. However, she has later returned to the role after Darnice was unable to continue as a result of the battle with a supervillain Oblivion.

Recommended Readings:

Icon #1-42 – The main book, by many considered Dwayne McDuffie’s magnum opus. Despite the name, Rocket is the real protagonist, something the creator has admitted.

Being a part of McDuffie’s Dakotaverse, the book has crossed over with other titles, like Static, Blood Syndicate, Hardware or Shadow Cabinet and participated in crossovers like Shadow War, Milestone Forever or Long Hot Summer. As a part of crossover with DC Universe, World’s Collide, Rocket has also show up in issues of Steel, Superboy Superman and Justice League tieing-in to the event.

Other Media:

Young Justice – Rocket joins the Team in the first season finale, following Icon’s acceptance into Justice League. After the time-skip she is a full-fledged member of the League, but has a smaller role.

  • Jason: Uh... Wally?
  • Wally: *Stares for a moment at the shuffling boy before sighing* What did you break?
  • Jason: Artemis and Rocket said I couldn't possibly catch Dick off guard... He might... Possibly... Be on his way to being shipped to China in a box with little air holes.
  • Wally: Did you leave any trace that it was you?
  • Jason: No. He'll just think it was Artemis that did it.
  • Wally: And you put air holes in?
  • *Jason nods, then Wally pats him on the head*
  • Wally: Good kid.
  • Jaime Reyes: You chloroformed Captain Marvel?!
  • Zatanna Zatara: Stop yelling at me, you’re the ones that got caught!
  • Jaime Reyes: You’re the one who’s yelling!
  • Zatanna Zatara: We’re in big trouble, we have to do something!
  • Jaime Reyes: Oh, I don’t know what to do! My whole brain is crying!
  • Raquel Ervin: Guys, guys, guys! Hey, hey. I have an idea. Okay, it may sound a little weird, but trust me.
  • [hours later]
  • Billy Batson: What's happening?
  • Jaime Reyes: We all got chloroformed.
  • Zatanna Zatara: Somebody chloroformed all of us...
  • Raquel Ervin: And now we’re regaining consciousness, together.
  • Billy Batson: I don't understand.

Black History in Animation:

Raquel Ervin/Rocket from Young Justice (voiced by Kali Troy aka Kittie)

Rocket is the apprentice of the superhero known as Icon and joins the team towards the end of the first season. Straightforward and bold, if inexperienced, Rocket uses alien technology called an inertia belt to store and manipulate kinetic energy. She then uses this to fly, give her some super strength, as well as create force fields. Sometime in the five year gap between seasons one and two, she joins the Justice League.

Find the other characters I’ve honored here