Comic books today aren’t meant for younger readers. Being a grown up comic book geek, I’ve seen the content in comic books change dramatically over the years. Perhaps it’s a product of the time, but even the movies on which the comics are based are anything but kid friendly. Thankfully, Marvel has crated a line of comics that is kid friendly. And in accordance, there’s even a comics based cartoon called The Superhero Squad Show that is great for young comics fans.
The Superhero Squad Show is great for kids because while it has all the great adventures that have made the characters great over the ages, the general content of those adventures is entirely kid friendly. It doesn’t have any harsh language, sexuality, etc. Add in bright, vivid, hand drawn animation, and audiences get another positive in an era when so many “cartoons” are really just a bunch of CG based visuals. On top of the great artwork and the kid friendly content is a fun comedy element that both kids and parents alike will love, including constantly breaking down the fourth wall. There are even pop culture references tossed in throughout the show that parents will love, including a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in what seems to be the series finale.
Yes, Season Two Volume Four seems to be the finale volume from this family and kid friendly comic based series. All research done on the show seems to point out that the show has ended. If that’s the case, then it has been wrapped up nicely in this volume. Volume Four picks up where Volume three left off. Captain America, Mr. Fantastic, and Ms. Marvel are trying to bring the rest of the squaddies back after being captured. But it’s not as easy as it seems, as they have to face Baron Mordo, when he breaks into the Squad’s base and captures Captain America. Eventually, the evil Baron is beaten, and Mr. Fantastic gets the base’s satellite dish fixed and brings back the rest of the squad.
Once the whole team’s reassembled, everything eventually leads up to the final confrontation between the Dark Surfer and the squaddies. And who would have thought, even Dr. Doom inadvertently helps out, though only for his own benefit. When both Dr. Doom and the squaddies face off against the Dark Surfer, the Squad is able to get each of the stones away from the Surfer’s duplicates and defeat him…or so they think. Everything comes down to one final battle between Iron man and Dr. Doom over the Infinity Sword. The conflict leads them to accidentally destroy the sword. It’s that destruction that finishes off the Surfer once and for all, and returns him to the form of the Silver Surfer. And while Surfer admits guilt for what he’d done and the Squad still backs him, knowing he was under a spell, he is still taken away by Ronan (voiced by Michael Dorn). The squad goes back to Earth, where everything is finally back to normal, and the Scarlet Witch is even accepted as a member of the squad.
The Superhero Squad Show is a great kid friendly introduction to the world of comics. Given, it may upset some hardcore fan boys as it has no link to the comics in general. But in an age when so many comics are anything but kid friendly, this seemingly final volume from The Superhero Squad Show makes for one more great introduction for young fans to the world of comics. It’s action packed without being too edgy. It has lots of bright hand drawn colors, which is equally appealing. And the comedy and pop culture references are enough for young and old comics fans alike. Season two Volume Four is available in stores and online now. It can be ordered direct from Shout! Factory online at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com.
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