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THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES - "OPERATION GALACTIC STORM" REVIEW

With only a few episodes remaining, Earth's Mightiest Heroes is busying itself settling accounts and wrapping up loose threads. And one of the longest-lasting loose threads over the course of Season 2 has been the imprisonment of Captain Marvel and Ronan by S.W.O.R.D. "Operation Galactic Storm" finally returned the Kree Empire to the forefront and managed to deliver a very enjoyable and heart-wrenching episode in the process. In last week's review of "New Avengers", I complained how Kang's doomsday prophecy from Season 1 was never resolved. As it turns out, that particular conflict was yet to come. This week we learned that the Kree's attempt to create a wormhole near Earth's sun is what caused the terrible destruction in Kang's future timeline. Furthermore, the final outcome rested entirely on Captain America's crucial, last-minute decision. I quickly shifted from being disappointed that such a major plot point was cast aside to being extremely happy with how it was resolved. The stakes in this episode were higher than they ever have been, and thus the emotional resonance was greater. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/22/the-avengers-earths-mightiest-heroes-operation-galactic-storm-review

THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES - "NEW AVENGERS" REVIEW

In an era when the X-Men still reigned supreme in the comics world, Brian Michael Bendis managed to elevate the Avengers to the top of the sales charts with a little series called  New Avengers . He found great success by giving his new squad of Avengers a distinctly underdog quality, and also because Wolverine and Spider-Man were added to the mix. This week's episode of Earth's Mightiest Heroes paid homage to that book in several ways (including an incidental character named Officer Bendis). With Kang back in action and the regular Avengers out of the way, the call was put out for a new team to save the world. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/15/the-avengers-earths-mightiest-heroes-new-avengers-review

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - "Yellowjacket" Review

My biggest complaint about the previous episode of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, "Ultron Unlimited," was that it didn't focus enough on the bizarre Pym/Ultron family dynamic. A major part of the problem was that Hank Pym was still in superhero retirement at the time and thus not around to confront his creation. But while that was a bit of wasted potential, at least Hank made his long-awaited return for "Yellowjacket." This episode borrowed from some classic Bronze Age Avengers material as it chronicled Pym's descent into madness and his misguided attempt to reinvent himself as a more proactive hero. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/09/11/the-avengers-earths-mightiest-heroes-yellowjacket-review  

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - "Ultron Unlimited" Review

The problem with Ultron is that, no matter how many times you pound him into scrap metal, he always returns in a new body and with a new plan for wiping out humanity. The Avengers learned that the hard way in this week's episode of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. "Ultron Unlimited" picked up where "Behold... the Vision!" left off a few weeks ago, as the robotic villain sought to replace the Avengers with his own, "perfected" Synthezoid Avengers. Unfortunately, "Ultron Unlimited" turned out to be the first instance where the show's new, largely standalone approach to episodic storytelling took its toll. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/20/the-avengers-earths-mightiest-heroes-ultron-unlimited-review  

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - "Assault on 42" Review

We've been seeing Earth's Mightiest Heroes transition towards a slightly more standalone format lately, rather than the episodic approach of the first half of Season 2. But if "Assault on 42" proved anything, it's that this done-in-one storytelling can yield impressive results. "Assault on 42" saw Cap lead a truncated band of Avengers into the Negative Zone to visit Prison 42. S.H.IE.L.D. is convinced that the Negative Zone is an empty realm devoid of any life, but naturally, that isn't the case at all. The showdown between the prison's residents and the savage, almost mindless bugs of the Negative Zone was inevitable. Last week I noted how "Behold... the Vision!" seemed to be paying homage to Predator during the jungle hunt sequence. The EMH writers must have '80s sci-fi classics on the brains, because this episode gave off a clear Aliens vibe throughout. Early on, our heroes were hounded in dark corridors by an unseen enemy. Later, as the battle intensified, the creeping sense of horror exploded into all-out war between man and bug. For what is largely an all-ages show, this episode did a nice job of maintaining a grim, foreboding tone. The fact that the Avengers and their temporary allies were battling mindless bugs also allowed the episode to be more straightforward in its depiction of violence. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/06/the-avengers-earths-mightiest-heroes-assault-on-42-review  

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - "Michael Korvac" Review

Note: Yep, we've decided to begin weekly reviews for  The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes ! For some reason we can't put our finger on, the timing just felt appropriate... Moderate episode spoilers follow.  With the Avengers movie shifting Marvel Studios' films into a more cosmically-oriented direction, it's only fitting that  Season 2  of Earth's Mightiest Heroes continues to do the same for the show. The series continued its gradual build-up towards the big Kree/Skrull  War  conflict, but in the process introduced both a legendary Avengers foe and a very unusual team of "Space Avengers" called the Guardians of the Galaxy. Read More... http://tv.ign.com/articles/122/1224443p1.html