Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – “Breakout: Part 1” Recap
Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp have defeated some of the most powerful, dangerous Super-Villains on the planet. And once defeated, those criminals are housed in the super-villain prisons. But now, on a day like none other, those prisons open wide, simultaneously releasing ever single villain in a breakout like the world has never seen. Our heroes’ only hope is to band together to become the Avengers.
September 2010. I hated the comic books. I disliked comic book based television shows. I found them to be cheesy, and yet I still loved Generator Rex and Ben 10. (Figure that one out.) Then I saw a trailer unlike any other. One where extraordinary people in tights fight villians with crazy powers by harnessing the power of huge-Michael-Bay-style explosions while an epic song played in the background. Now, sightly over a year later, I am hooked on Marvel characters and comic books. Why? The first episode of Avengers: Earth’s Mightest Heroes.
The story is simple. For years super-heroes have ben beating up and catching the bad guys. Once caught, they turn them over to S.H.I.E.L.D., who puts them in one of four maximum security prisons. Of course, something or someone causes the power to go down and all these villains escape, including the most dangerous man alive, Graviton. The first part of “Breakout” shows the soon-to-be Avengers’ powers and weaknesses, the villians that we shall see in later episodes, and of course, the battles that ensue after the breakout. Pretty much everything that can goes wrong and this sets up like a disaster movie.
The episode juggles the separate stories of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp, and how they came together. It’s not easy for any pilot to convey all it needs to in order to hook its audience, but to take it even further and include that many characters? Chris Yost’s writing is exceptional and introduces the characters very quickly, but not so fast that you don’t get to appreciate them. Each character gets great screen time and a nice big fight. Even though I had never before seen a Marvel toon, movie, or comic, I could tell exactly what was happening and follow the story.
The animation is fantastic, but has a few minor flaws. The character designs look good and translate well onto the screen. The voice-acting, don’t get me started there! Avengers: EMH has probably my favorite cast of voices! Iron Man sound exactly like Iron Man should, Hulk sounds menacing, and Nick Fury sounds like, well, an actual jerk.
A great start to an amazing animated series, and I hope that it is the beginning of a long series run!