Monday, August 12, 2013

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H Series Premier Review


Yesterday saw the addition of a new show to Disney XD's Marvel Universe: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.  More along the line of Ultimate Spider-Man than Avengers Assemble, S.M.A.S.H. is targeted at a younger audience and, for that audience, delivers some good laughs and, of course, all sorts of smashing.

The show centers around an attempt by Rick Jones, long time buddy of the Hulk, to help change his public perception which, as always, is highly negative.  Jones knows his buddy Hulk is a hero inside and is going to use a web show to prove it.

The web show follows Hulk and his team of gamma-freaks as they go up against the biggest and baddest threats to know, things that require smashing.  The team, ultimately, consists of Hulk, Red Hulk, She-Hulk, A-Bomb (a newly gamma-altered Jones) and Skaar.

The two-part premier revolved around an invasion attempt by Annihilus, who uses the residual gamma radiation around the area of the Hulk's original accident, to gain access to Earth from the Negative Zone.  Unable to originally gain access, Annihilus sends Skaar, controlled by an implant on his neck, through the portal.  Skaar has enough gamma in his body to make the passage and, after a brief capture, uses a gamma cannon to help open the portal to Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave.  Smashing, and a lot of it, ensues and ends with a huge explosion when the gamma cannon overloads.  Despite the best efforts of the Hulk, Rick Jones is exposed to the gamma as the first episode ends.

Not long into episode two Jones makes his transformation into the blue A-Bomb.  Hulk and his team pursue Annihilus into the Negative Zone, for a time losing Red Hulk to the same type of  mind control device attached to Skaar, before coming together to turn the tide.  Hulk, of course, in a display of raw, unimaginable power saves the day, closing the portal to the Negative Zone and, with the help of his buddies, making it back home a hero.  Skaar decides to stick around and be a part of the Hulk "family" but, as we see as the episode closes, everything with Skaar is not on the up and up.

Jones/A-Bomb has a familiar voice: Seth Green.  Green's delivery makes for good comic relief.  The voice cast as a whole does a solid job of pacing and delivering what one-liners they need when they need them.  The animation is about identical to the other two Marvel shows currently running on XD and that's good enough.  Overall the first two episodes are a solid addition to the cartoon universe XD appears to be building through cross-overs and mentions.

Good enough for me and my two young kids seemed to enjoy it. I will DVR it and check it out going forward!