There is no doubt that I will forever be a big kid…and there is no changing that…ever…even with fisticuffs! So when Cartoon Network debuted Marvel’s new cartoon addition to its comic legacy, The Super Hero Squad, all of my super senses were poised and ready to view. Of course, I did my usual relaxation, meditation, and inner soul searching to prepare myself for what I knew would be the case. This is a kid’s show, and I have to make the concessions necessary. Well, the verdict is in…call me a dork, I deserve it, I freaking loved the show! But I am easy to please.
Marvel icon Stan Lee, Co-Executive Producer and the voice of Super Hero City’s Mayor and Co-Executive Producer, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada have prepared what is can only be summed up as a super hero assault on the senses. This is such a fast paced, absolutely kid friendly take on the Marvel universe that I found it hard to not be entertained. Basically, imagine your favorite super hero in a squat sized format that present and react to everything as a joke. In fact, every super hero’s voice is absolutely freaking horrendous; including Dr. Doom…who sounds oddly like Cobra Commander. Within the realm of kid’s humor, this goes for the lowest brow riddled with fart and burp jokes, and the silliest one liners. But it has a really great punk theme song! Check out the first part of episode 1: “And Lo? A Pilot Shall Come”, or tune into Cartoon Network on Saturday mornings at 8:30am Eastern…or you can take the grown-up approach and set the DVR.
Every aspect of the show is appealing to a 6-9 year old with nary a dull moment. The Super Hero Squad Show takes place in a very different version of the Marvel Universe – a universe where pretty much every character you can think of lives in “Super Hero City”, and where even the Mayor wears a super hero mask. Meanwhile, the assembled forces of the Marvel villains, led by Dr. Doom, have formed The Lethal Legion. The premise of the show is based around the fractured Infinity Sword, in which the “fractals” of the sword are scattered around Super Hero City. The Super Hero Squad is then pit against the Lethal Legion to collect the fractals, because he who reassembles the infinity sword can control the universe.
Now watch this clip of the theme song again and pause it at approximately 18 seconds …you get a really nice cosmic crack shot of Silver Surfer! That little tip is free, on me, enjoy!
(Achtung! this pause requires precision, a steady hand, some luck, and of course you have to hero up before you try!)
So, if you are seeking the next thought provoking and wonderful translation of the Marvel universe to your TV…think again, this is all childish and aims for the lowest blows imaginable. But for some cheap laughs and giggles, and 30 minutes of your life where you can be whisked away into insanity, I recommend The Super Hero Squad. Let’s face it, it is just prepping the next generation of comic dorks to someday overrun the cities and conquer the world! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…Hero Up!