REVIEW: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – First Impressions really do count
A while back I was introduced to the Marvel Animated TV series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and for the most part, it had gone by without barely a notice by me. When it came to comic book adaptations, DC had always been the name in the genre not only because of the Timm/Dini Productions but also for their animated features. I liked Spider-Man: The Animated series and X-Men: The Animated Series when they came along. But my eye was always on the Batman: The Animated Series and other shows. Mostly because these shows had a shared continuity that was played out over the various Timm/Dini shows eventually culminating in the Justice League Unlimited series. I had also enjoyed the DC Animated Features that had all come along. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights had given me Nathan Filion’s voice as Hal Jordan and Justice League:Crisis on Two Earths had provided NCIS’ Mark Harmon as Superman. If they had adapted Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War then its very likely I would probably have never looked at Marvel Animated again.
Fortunately such a thing never occured and after viewing the superb Avengers movie last week, i was in the mood for a tv series that would be able to keep up the adventure and quality that I had seen in the Avengers film. One of the reasons I had not watched Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was mostly because I had either completely forgotten or unaware about it and that I had confused it with another Avengers animated project called Avengers: United They Stand (currently on Netflix).
So it was because of the Avengers film that I sat down to watch the first few episodes of the Avengers series. Despite a bit of a confusing start with the opening 2 episodes acting as a pilot and the following 4 or so episodes forming an origin story focusing on a particular Avenger. The series does live up to a lot of what it promises and is incredibly enjoyable. I have only got as far as the opening 6 episodes of Season 1, the show has remained true to the original source but also not being afraid to tap into the Ultimate universe content as well. Which is notable since not all of the Ultimate line is a complete waste. It was because of the Ultimate line that we first got a Samuel L Jackson inspired Nick Fury and it was also in that line that we got the Ultimates which i continue to consider as the definitive Ultimate Marvel title. While its not the same kind of standard as that was laid down by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The work of Christopher Yost is worthwhile in its own right. Backed up by its own theme tune that gradually works its way into your head and won’t let go. Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is more than enough to keep my interest in the Avengers going, certainly until I have gotten around to watching the film a second or a third time.