Dang, so Young Justice really was going an extra mile or two by introducing a more diverse cast of nonexistent characters and going out of the way to insert fresh ones as well. Most impressive. I knew I liked it for a good reason!
Oh, a lot of those characters existed. Bumblebee and Mal Duncan were the among first Black superheros at DC Comics back in the 70s, and the “runaways” were pastiches of Super Friends characters (as were Marvin White and Wendy Harris) , while Static, representing the Black Vulcan of the group, was already preexisting.
I do love the fact they put Static (even though that name was never said, everybody knew that’s who he was), Rocket, and Icon on the series, introducing those Milestone characters to an audience who would never know about them in the first place.
That’s the one thing I hated about the New 52. Even though they claimed to be a more diverse universe (pointing at Cyborg’s inclusion in Justice League and the Batwing, Static Shock, and Voodoo books as further proof), a lot of the original universe’s diverse characters were completely purged, including the fairly new versions of Azrael, The Question, and Aqualad.
I’m still ticked this is the last time we’ll see Wally West in anything for quite a while.
But I’ve digressed long enough.