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A solid work of comc art
on February 13, 2014
I'm getting more discriminating with more of these features, but I'll be fair. First off, the overall quality of the feature is, as usual, light years ahead of anything Marvel has put out, with the exception of Planet Hulk. The animation is excellent, the story is tight (no unforgivable holes; this is supposed to be fun, after all), and the voices all fit perfectly (thanks GOD for Andrea Romano!). It's a great way to spend some time; I liked the characters they chose for this group, although I don't diss Aquaman like others do, so I wouldn't have minded having him here.
I'll admit to being a little old fashioned, so I found the profanity to be excessive and distracting. It's as if the script writers had a severely limited vocabulary, and couldn't come up with anything more clever. Part of what makes these features so entertaining is the effort that the writers put into being dramatic without going for the cheap pop. Anybody can swear; we see it everywhere. But that's the problem; we see it so much, we forget that profanity is the language of the unlearned. I hold these writers to a higher standard. Don't get me wrong; I get that these are supposed to be edgy; I like edgy. But it has to help the story; it has to add to the drama or comedic effect; here, it just comes off as uninspired and lazy.
As I said, I like the characters they chose, but here again the writing fails some of them, especially Green Lantern. He comes off like a pretentious, self-absorbed idiot. Again, I like edgy; I don't like annoying jerk. Worst thing to do to a supposed "hero" is to make him a character that your audience can't empathize with. Before long, I was hoping they'd forget GL was supposed to be in the movie. Not good.
Cyborg is well done, and relatable; the Flash is surprisingly mature and engaging. Wonder Woman...........well, try harder next time; she doesn't have to be THAT ignorant, does she? And I definitely think they went in the right direction with Superman and Shazam (Captain Marvel).
Like I said, overall, a good piece of work, and a welcome addition to my collection. Just smooth out some of the rough spots for the next one, and I'll be happy to buy that one too. YO, MARVEL!!! Where are you?!?!?! Send somebody over to DC to see how it's done!