Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Avengers Volumes 1 & 2

They are the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents Volume 1 & 2 of the new animated adventures of Marvel Comics’ The Avengers.

When the evil of the world becomes too much for one hero to handle the Mighty Avengers are formed to thwart every would-be world conqueror, crazed alien invasion, time and dimension hopping threat and more.

Thirteen episodes from the hit animated series first season are compiled on two DVDs that also come packed with Bonus material: such as full-length featurettes.

When it becomes apparent to Tony Stark: a.ka. Iron Man, that he hasn’t enough fire power or the ability to tackle every super villain threat taking place that he must make some hard choices. At loggerheads with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury, Tony starts to assemble a group of heroes with a little help from divine providence. Together they are The Avengers comprised of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, The Black Panther, Giant Man, The Wasp and Hawkeye-evil beware.

What makes this animated series so enjoyable is the conscious effort by its creators to make each episode part of a single continuity. As each episode unfolds viewers witness the slow and methodical process by which The Avengers are formed as a team. Equally impressive is that each Avengers member is given their own episode spotlight that fills viewers in on their origins and reasons for fighting evil.

Each episode is part of a larger picture with some surprising revelations revealing that much of which has to do with time and space. My favorite of all the episodes was the one about Captain America-his origin-his years spent at war-his supposed death and his resurrection.

All of the episodes are extremely well written, beautifully animated and feature some of the best voice talent available-both veteran and new comer.

Check out each episode and see if you can spot some recognizable supporting cast, references to Marvel continuity and some real surprises. “Avengers Assemble!”

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