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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Superhero Cartoon Since Justice League Unlimited, 14 Aug 2012
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Theo (Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Without wishing to raise the specter of ancient Marvel/DC rivalries, it's impossible not to compare this series with Justice League, and with Justice League's successor series, Justice League Unlimited. For although The Avengers doesn't quite have the philosophical depth of Justice League Unlimited, like the Justice League shows it is nevertheless proof positive that a superhero cartoon can be done entirely seriously and - astonishing as this might be for some people - still wind up as an intelligent piece of television. Far more so in fact than most live action "grown up" shows that get made.

One thing I particularly loved about this series was the way that even from the very beginning, the season-spanning plot arcs were slowly, almost languidly moved into place, even as we were blitzkrieged with the superheroic action sequences of the moment. For like Justice League Unlimited, this show is as much a serial as it is a series. In this, the final instalment of season one, just enough of the big picture is revealed to keep us feeling like we've travelled some ways down our journey. At the same time, just enough is held back - or perhaps I should say hinted at - that I for one can't wait to see season two!

But for me, the best thing about The Avengers is the truly seamless melding of silver and iron age aesthetics. Old-school fans will delight in all the countless references to the original Avengers comic books from the 1960s. This applies on virtually every conceivable level, from costume design to inter-character conflicts. At the same time, we also see at least the beginnings of a far harder-edged iron age cynicism, and even political consciousness - particularly in the characters of Tony Stark, and, arguably, Henry Pym. Neither of these elements were ever even remotely present in the original comics. Contemporary comic book fans will likewise note the merging of elements from both the original and "Ultimate" Marvel Universes. Yet here again, these disparate elements are so perfectly combined that it is difficult to imagine them ever being apart.

At the time of writing, this disc is not yet available for purchase, and the product info does not state which, or how many episodes are included. As you may have noticed, I've reviewed the show, not this specific release. However, by a process of inference what we appear to have here are episodes 15 to 21. It does kinda suck when companies milk their new releases like this: I think it's obvious that most consumers would far prefer it were the show to be released in whole seasons, or at least half seasons.

While we're on the topic of this release, it's also worth adding that on a purely visual level, the DVD cover art we see in the product snapshot here on Amazon doesn't really do this show justice. The art in The Avengers actually has a very slightly "gritty" feel to it that I haven't seen in an animated television show before; at least, not outside of some of the older MTV stuff from the 1990s.

Oh, and finally, if you're wondering about the actual content of the episodes on this disk, I don't give away spoilers in my reviews, but do bear in mind what I said earlier about the threads finally coming together, and just a few of the deeper secrets being revealed. At this stage in the season, the writers are primarily engaged in fulfilling promises already made rather than making new ones. If you're an old comic book fan from way back there won't be too many surprises. But you can expect the stories that are told to be told well.

And comic book fan or nay, you can definitely expect to see a great deal of things Asgardian!

Theo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love this, 3 Feb 2013
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My son adores avengers and so he loves watching this over and over and over again. A good value buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Well Worth Buying, 10 Sep 2012
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Well worth it's price, great art works, amazing stories, perfect for fans of the avengers, thor, iron and/or marvel, 100% Outstanding
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series conclusion, 7 Sep 2012
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My son and I watched these episodes this week and they were all excellent. Out of the seven at least five are related stories (split 2/3 for different adventures). This adds a great sense of anticipation especially if your left on a cliff-hanger before bedtime ! The stories, as with most of the series, were all good - the right degree of humour, threat and action. Marvel really has got this one right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 July 2014
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the kids loved this one - what more can I say
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