Monday, June 18, 2012

Avengers Disassembled

So, I've been watching Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes a fair bit lately.  My younger boys really like it, especially Alex, who's almost 11, and is a real superhero fanatic (although curiously, it's my younger son Logan who appears to be named after Wolverine, and who's first uttered recognizable word was 'Hulk'.  But I think that's mostly because of his older brother talking about it all the time.)  But let's face it; I actually enjoy the show myself, and would probably happily watch it if I didn't have young boys in the house who are big superhero fans.

And frankly, I think this show has been excellent.  The animation quality is quite good, the "fight choreography" is interesting, the writing is reasonably sophisticated and intelligent--heck, it's at least as good as comic books were back in the 80s when I was reading them more regularly.  And it's excellent.  Although I haven't reviewed these episodes yet (because they haven't aired yet in the US) I'm not going to be shy about admitting that I trawled Youtube for grabs of the Secret Invasion storyline episodes (which have aired in Australia already--they're coming up on a dozen episodes ahead of us, for whatever reason now) and they are fantastic.

So, it's with somewhat heavy heart that I discovered this weekend that the show has not been renewed for a third season, and in 2013 will instead be replaced with an all new Avengers cartoon that's going to go for capturing the look and feel of the movie moreso than the comic books.  While that's not at all a bad idea--the movie was fabulous, after all--I'm a little leery of getting rid of one show that's already one of the best superhero animated shows out there and replacing it with a show that may... or may not be.  After all, that's exactly what happened with Spiderman--the Spectacular Spider-man show was excellent, and it was cancelled to make way for Ultimate Spider-man which sounds great on paper, but which in reality nobody in our house has really been able to get into.

Maybe I should just get into Young Justice instead or something.  That's actually a very good show, and my kids like it nearly as much.


anarchist said...


Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a contact email for you.

A while ago I put out an ebook of my writing, called The New Death and others. It's mostly short stories, with some obvious gamer-interest material. For example I have a story inspired by OD&D elves, as well as poems which retell Robert E Howard's King Kull story The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune and HP Lovecraft's Under the Pyramids.

I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a review on your blog (either a normal book review, or a review of its suitability as gaming inspiration).

If so, please let me know your email, and what file format is easiest for you, and I'll send you a free copy. You can email me ( or reply to this thread.

You can download a sample from Smashwords:

I'll also link to your review from my blog.


Joshua said...

Sure, I'll review it. How long is the book? I've got a fairly lengthy list of books to read currently, but if its shorter, it'll be easier to slot it in the short term.

anarchist said...

It's not very long: just over 40,000 words.