My love of comics stems from something quite simple: good cartoons. I grew up watching cartoons based on classic comic book storylines. Shows like X-Men: The Animated Series, Spider-man: The Animated Series, and Batman: The Animated Series (which even won four Emmy Awards!) were just plain cool to a young boy who wanted to watch good guys beat up bad guys :-). It wasn’t until later that I discovered that they also had a depth and complexity to them that went beyond the usual cartoon. And it was that material which would help me catch up on years of comic book continuity when I finally made the shift to the comic medium.
So its with that context when I say that I think the new cartoon The Avenger’s: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (which is also available on Netflix!) is really good. And the approach is quite clever: they have found a way to take the core team of Avengers from the comics (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Giant Man, the Wasp, the Black Panther, and Hawkeye) and seamlessly weave together both classic (i.e. Kang’s attempted conquest of the earth, the original battle with Ultron, etc) and modern (i.e. the big Marvel prison break which led to the founding of the New Avengers, Secret Invasion, etc) storylines and make it kid-friendly! The result is something which is modern in its approach, but fairly epic in its scope.
While the show has left (and will probably continue to leave) out things less suited for children, like some of its predecessors, it doesn’t shy away from the richness and complexity that these stories can provide. If you enjoy superheroes, or if you want a fun introduction to the Marvel universe that is on par with the quality from Batman: The Animated Series, or even if its just that you can’t wait for these guys:
to take on this guy:
then I’d highly recommend checking this series out.
(Image credit) (Image credit – Avengersite) (Image credit – Avengersite)