Was the "Ice Villains" attack coincidental or orchestrated?
It was part of a plan hatched by the Light to break every villain out of Belle Reve Penitentiary, as revealed in "Terrors". Mister Freeze, Icicle Jr., Killer Frost and Captain Cold allowed themselves to be caught and sent to Belle Reve, where they would use their cryogenics expertise to brittle the thick prison walls for the super strong inmates to tear down. The secondary goal of the plan was to bring about the removal of the existing administration of the facility thus enabling Dr. Hugo Strange, an agent of the Light, to gain control over the penitentiary.
In "Agendas", it is revealed that Superboy was created with both Kryptonian and human DNA, donated by Superman (unknowingly) and Lex Luthor, respectively. Therefore, his powers did not develop to those of a fully realized Kryptonian.
What is "The Light" and what is their agenda?
As Vandal Savage explains in "Auld Acquaintance", "The Light" refers to the group's raison d'être. They consider the Justice League to be an hindrance to natural selection, because by protecting the weak and helpless they are preventing mankind from evolving. Being aware of this, the villains consider themselves to be enlightened, and want to put mankind on the course of an advanced evolution, making Earth the epicenter of the universe. How exactly they will achieve this has yet to be revealed.
What are the "other subtler means of control" that L-3 refers to?
How can the Light turn the loss of Superboy into an advantage?
In "Agendas" it was revealed that Superboy was programmed with a trigger that rendered him immobilized and harmless. Also, being his partial genetic template, Luthor attempted to subvert Superboy's loyalties by playing on his father issues.
In issue #2, he witnessed a G-Gnome-induced hallucination retelling the Joker's attack on the Cave, where he unleashed a troop of green-furred monkeys wreaking havoc. Also, G-Gnomes have monkey-like traits. Superboy has acquired a distaste for them since then.
Was Professor Ivo working alone or was he in cahoots with someone else?
In "Insecurity", Ivo is confirmed to be working with the Light, and in "Auld Acquaintance" Vandal Savage revealed that the Light developed several ways to counter the Justice League. Robotics was one of them.
As seen in issue #7 and "Homefront", Artemis comes from a dysfunctional family with a criminal history. Daughter of reformed criminal Huntress and Sportsmaster and sister to the assassin for hire, Cheshire, Artemis decided not to follow in her family's misguided footsteps and became a costumed vigilante. She used her dexterity with a bow to fight street criminals in Gotham City.
One night during a patrol, Artemis spotted Superboy being thrown through the sky. She followed him to the Gotham Academy, where she encountered the Team fighting Amazo. (issue #7) After fending off Ivo's MONQIs, she shot an arrow to release Kid Flash from Amazo's grip. Upon seeing the young heroes defeat a robot with the powers of the Justice League, she realized that she had found her true calling and wanted to become part of the Team. Four days later, she returned home to find Batman and Green Arrow talking to her mother. The former invited her to join the Team, and with Paula's consent, Artemis accepts on the condition that her family history remains a secret. (issue #8)
Why are Batman and Green Arrow apparently lying about Artemis's kinship to Green Arrow?
In issue #8, Batman and Green Arrow offered Artemis membership in the Team. She accepted under the condition that her family's criminal past remained a secret to her teammates. Batman and Green Arrow acquiesced and decided to introduce her as GA's niece, as a cover story.
How does Artemis seem to know so much about the League of Shadows?
She is the daughter of Sportsmaster and sister to Cheshire, as revealed in "Insecurity" and "Homefront" respectively. Cheshire is an agent for the Shadows and Sportsmaster used to be one. Also, in issue #13, she implied to be privy to the "family business".
What does Cheshire know that could jeopardize Artemis's position in the Team?
Artemis is sister to Cheshire and daugther of Sportsmaster and former criminal Huntress, as revealed in "Homefront" and "Insecurity", respectively. Cheshire figures that if the Team found out about this, they would reject Artemis.
As seen in issue #12, Batman dispatched the Team (minus Artemis) to track down Clayface, who had recently emerged (issue #11). They picked up his trail to the sewers of Gotham, where they engaged him and were bested. Later on, they decided to split up to find him and reconvene when one of them located him. Superboy tracked him to the Bichel Co. warehouse and was quickly subdued. Clayface lured the rest of the Team and took them out one by one. (Issue #13)
In "Disordered" it is revealed that the Sphere is an extraterrestrial artifact from the world of New Genesis, and is also known as "the New Genesphere". Like everything that hails from that planet, she is benign.
When Miss Martian restored Superboy's memories, there was a glimpse of a white creature never before seen. What was it?
According to Miss Martian's telling in issue #6, many Green and Red Martians were intolerant of Whites, deeming them inferior for (as of yet) undisclosed reasons. M'gann was raised in a liberal family, and they had no issue with the Whites. This last story, however, turned out to be a lie, as in "Image" she is revealed to be a White Martian herself.
Not entirely. He is actually an operative of the Light, as seen in "Misplaced", one of the few to know the identities of all seven founders, as seen in "Misplaced". Riddler is their strategist, as seen in "Usual Suspects".
No. As of this episode, no new Leaguers had been introduced since "Independence Day", as seen in "Agendas". It was not until then that the League debates on accepting new members, with all five heroes mentioned as potential candidates—though ultimately, as revealed in "Usual Suspects" only Plastic Man and Icon are granted membership.
In reality, Artemis comes from a family of criminals: her father is Sportsmaster, her mother is ex-criminal Huntress and her sister is the assassin for hire Cheshire. Her ties to Cheshire were confirmed in "Homefront", while her relationship to Sportsmaster and her mother's criminal past were revealed in "Insecurity".